Bill would let board create kids-only fisheries

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Young people could have a fishing hole to themselves under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

House Bill 98 would let the Board of Fisheries establish restricted seasons and areas for youth under age 16. The board can already create fisheries just for senior citizens.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Ralph Samuels, R-Anchorage, said the legislation itself would not create any kids-only fisheries. Such proposals would have to go through the Board of Fisheries hearing process.

Samuels said he expects the rule to be used mostly in urban areas.

The bill passed 36-0. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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