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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Notice of Proposed Changes to 5 AAC 95.011

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. The 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, and species-specific information will be used in place of undifferentiated species information where possible; and the contact information will be updated.

The information contained within the attached booklet and maps provides a summary of the proposed changes to the Atlas and Catalog. This summary is divided into the following topics:

  1. Regulations – draft text of revised regulation 5 AAC 95.011.
  2. Introduction – title pages and introduction to the Atlas and Catalog as revised for 2017. Revisions have been made to the title and 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 2017. 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 Division of Habitat, Kenai River Center, 514 Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK 99669, or by email to Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. AKST, March 3, 2017.

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, Wrangell, and Yakutat 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 webpage.

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 Friday, February 24, 2017, 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.