Notice of Proposed Changes to 5 AAC 95.011

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 5 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with waters important for the spawning, rearing, or migration of anadromous fish. ADF&G proposes to amend 5 AAC 95.011, Waters Important to Anadromous Fishes, by revising the Atlas to the Catalog of Waters Important for the Spawning, Rearing, or Migration of Anadromous Fishes and the Catalog of Waters Important for the Spawning, Rearing, or Migration of Anadromous Fishes (Atlas and Catalog), which are adopted by reference in 5 AAC 95.011. The following changes will be made to the Atlas and Catalog: the list of rivers, lakes, and streams contained in the Atlas and Catalog will be revised; species-specific information will be used in place of undifferentiated species information where possible; and contact information will be updated.

The information provided with the notice of proposed changes is divided into the following items:

  1. Regulation – draft text of revised regulation 5 AAC 95.011.
  2. Introduction – title pages and introduction to the Catalog as revised for 2020. Revisions have been made to the title, publication information, and the contact information. Species codes have been revised to allow for species-specific designations.
  3. List of Revisions – list of the individual changes made to each Atlas map by region. Revisions include additions, deletions, extensions and changes to the Catalog.
  4. Atlas Maps – maps for the Atlas, revised for 2020. The changes made to these maps are listed in the "List of Revisions" section mentioned above.

If you are interested in commenting on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, please submit written comments to Brian Blossom, ADF&G Habitat Section, Kenai River Center, 514 Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK 99669, or by email to dfg.hab.anadromous@alaska.gov. Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. AKST, March 20, 2020.

The proposed changes for all six regions of Alaska (Southeastern, Southcentral, Southwestern, Western, Arctic, and Interior) are available for inspection and copying at the following locations: in Anchorage at the ADF&G offices at 333 Raspberry Rd., and at the Alaska Resources Library at 3211 Providence Dr.; in the Fairbanks ADF&G offices at 1300 College Rd; and in Juneau at the Alaska State Library at 395 Whittier Street. The ADF&G offices in Bethel, Cordova, Craig, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Douglas, Dutch Harbor, Glennallen, Haines, Homer, Ketchikan, King Salmon, Kodiak, Nome, Palmer, Sand Point, Sitka, Soldotna, Tok, and Wrangell have copies of the proposed changes for their local regions.

Electronic equivalents of the review documents and the Atlas maps are available through this ADF&G website: http://awc.adfg.alaska.gov.

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Brian Blossom at (907) 714-2481 no later than Wednesday, March 17, 2020, to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

After the public comment period has ended, ADF&G will either adopt these or other provisions dealing with the same subject without further notice, or take no action. The language of the final regulations may be different from that of the proposed regulations. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected.

Statutory Authority: AS 16.05.020 and AS 16.05.871

Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific: AS 16.05.871

Fiscal Information: The proposed regulation changes are not expected to require an increased appropriation.