House approves fish transport bill

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill to allow commercial fishermen to pool their resources to transport fish to market passed the House on Wednesday.

The bill allows commercial fishermen to hire their own tender or pool their resources on one boat to transport fish to market.

Currently, only licensed processors or their contractors can transport fish for fishermen.

Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, sponsored the bill. Seaton said the bill allows fishermen to save money and provides an alternative to some who do not have a processor nearby.

It allows a fisherman to retain ownership of the fish while authorizing an associate or another vessel to transport and sell the fish.

House Bill 118 was a recommendation by the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force. It passed the House 37-0 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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