Wednesday, March 01, 2006

DEC proposes to ban cleaning your fish?

I got this today from a reader.We should give it our attention, and there's only until 5 o'clock on March 2 to give it some deep thought. Then e-mail your comments to the e-mail address in the announcement below, even though I called DEC and Kimberly is out of the office until next week. This from the reader:

There is a DEC rule change to prevent cleaning of fish during trips of LESS than 3 days. Also there is a pre existing rule that no fish can be cleaned inside of 1/2 mile of shore. Why wasn't notice sent to every halibut fisherman and every troller in the state? Is this anything more than an outright attack on the two fisheries that deliver the highest quality fish in the state?

"The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to repeal, adopt, and amend regulations in Title 18 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with Chapter 34, the Seafood Processing and Inspection Regulations, including the following:Clarify what activities constitute processing; update requirements adopted by reference; clarify permit requirements, application and renewal, and prohibited activities; revise certain facility plan approval and facility requirements, including water supply, ice and toilet requirements; change labeling requirements for “export only” products; amend seafood product and product testing standard; establish provisions regulating direct market shore based processors and geoduck dive vessels; and clarify language regarding oil contamination procedures.

DEC proposes to make other changes necessary to improve the regulations, including those changes that appear necessary after reviewing public comments. DEC strongly suggests anyone interested in the Seafood Processing and Inspection Regulations read the proposed regulation changes. You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to Kimberly Stryker, Division of Environmental Health, Department of Environmental Conservation, 555 Cordova St., Anchorage, AK 99501, by facsimile at (907) 269-7654, or by e-mail at The comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 2, 2006."

My suggestion is to just say what you would like to see in the way of rules to regulate what you are doing or would like to do in the future. Certainly tell them that to enforce any "cleaning rule" would amount to a fisherman having to hire a full time observer that would cost more than many small operators make. And any "cleaning rules" would be really just make outlaws out of all fishermen since such a rule is unenforceable. And that it would be the biggest embarassement a State government could imagine, among all state governments. Alaska would become a by-word for sure. Bridges to no-where would be bug speck on the windshield compared to the train wreck they would have.