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Sitka Daily Sentinel (Newspaper) - April 6, 1990, Sitka, Alaska Member of the associated press the daily Sentinel weekend edition Friday april 6,1990 volume 52 no. 68 Sitka Alaska 35c herring fishermen make second run by Sentinel staff the second Day of the 1990 Sitka sound herring Sac Roe Harvest ended at 2 15 . Today after a fishing period of Only 45 minutes. There was no immediate word from the department of fish and game on whether any of the 4,150-ton quota remained to be taken. However As fishermen headed to the fishing grounds a fish and game recorded message said a this will probably be the last opening if everything goes the first 2,600 tons of the quota was taken thursday in a 2 hour and 45 minute opening. The 51 limited entry permit holders had to compete for their individual shares both Days. It was the first competitive Spring herring fishery in the sound in three years. The fishing area today was near Starr Gavan Bay North of the location of thursdays Effort which entered on halibut Point and extended to Middle and Zavanski islands. In a morning meeting with seiners and processors today management biologist Bob Dejong said major spawning was occurring Between sea Mart and halibut Point. He said the fishery was being resumed immediately to avoid the risk of fish and game said the herring Quality taken thursday was a Good a with a mature Roe Content of Over to percent. Last years quota was 11,700 tons reached Over a period of a week. Be groups seek halt to sea Cucumber Harvest Juneau apr subsistence fishermen and a native group have asked a court to halt harvests of sea cucumbers in Southeast Alaska alleging the state is allowing Over harvesting. A a in a lawsuit filed this week in Superior court in Juneau the fishermen and the tlingit Haida Central Council allege the state does no to know enough about the Marine animal to manage the developing fishery properly. Defendants in the lawsuit Are the state Board of fisheries the commercial fisheries entry commission fish and game commissioner Don Collinsworth and the directors of several state divisions. A unless this court intervenes the sea Cucumber will be the next species Over fished to the Point of extinction without regard to sustained yield principles a the lawsuit says. Council president de Thomas said wednesday thai native communities believe the year round Harvest by commercial divers is devastating sea Cucumber stocks. Fish and game officials say the state has handled the year round harvests of sea cucumbers conservatively and that a task Force is working on ways to manage the rapidly growing fishery. Sea cucumbers arc sedentary Bot Tom dwelling creatures that resemble giant Worms. Natives collect them As a traditional subsistence food at Low tide. Commercial divers collect them to sell to processors who strip out the edible muscle and sell it to markets in the far East. Sea cucumbers also Are harvested in Washington and British Columbia but stronger regulations there have encouraged divers to expand into Alaska Waters the lawsuit says. The Alaska fishery began about three years ago in Ketchikan and last year spread to Sitka said Larry Smith general manager of alaskan Harvest a seafood processor in Sitka. The state commercial fisheries division recently allowed divers to apply for exploratory fishing permits for the Juneau and Petersburg areas. The permits Are valid up to two weeks and limited to specific areas. The division has issued just Over too permits for Southeast Alaska this year said Paul Larson a regional biologist for division. The states management of sea Cucumber harvests is not unusual Larson said. State regulations allow open seasons with exploratory permits to Harvest sea cucumbers sea urchins sea snails and octopus so people can develop new fisheries he said. Taking it in state Union ratifies new contract 3-to-l by Larry Persily associated press writer Juneau apr the 1,700-member Public employees local 71 has ratified a three year labor contract with the state by a wide margin but the state was not so Lucky with its largest employees Union officials said thursday. Local 71 members accepted a 3.3 percent pay raise retroactive to Jan. 1. The contract Calls for wages to be renegotiated in each of the next two years said Don Valesko Union business manager. The contract was ratified by More than a 3-1 margin Valesko said. He declined to release the exact vote count. The Union represents mostly maintenance workers custodians and labourers. About 400 of the unions members will receive a 4.6 percent pay hike under an arbitration ruling separate from the contract negotiations. Along with the 3.3 percent raise the unions 1,300 other members will receive extra leave time this year to compensate for the lower pay hike and will be Able to Cash in the additional leave. A similar contract with a 3.3 percent raise was rejected wednesday by Steller sea lion put on threatened species list legislators tout latest subsistence proposal the National Marine fisheries service adopted an emergency regulation thursday that designates Steller sea ions As a a a threatened species under he endangered species act. This a Ion was taken in response to a dra Natick decline in the number of Steller Ca Lions counted at major rookeries in Antral and Western Alaska Between i960 and 1989. The emergency regulation prohibits hooting at or near any Steller sea lion n . Waters except for native sub i stench. It also prohibits boats from Oming within three Miles of certain j Teller sea lion rookeries locations Vic re pups Are bom and empowers he Secretary of Commerce to place it a servers on any fishing vessel in order to Monitor the accidental Capuli of sea Lions in fishing gear. In idd it Ion the regulation restricts die lumber of sea Lions which May be accidentally caught Anil killed during Ishing operations West of 141 degrees a. Longitude to 675 animals. The Emfs will immediately Maine work on a plan to guide the Long Erm recovery of the Steller sea lion a Pulo Tion. The service will also con inc to investigate the cause of die decline of the sea lion population. Possible causes include shinning capture during commercial Ishing operations the influence of of Mere Tai fishing on food Supply i seas natural environmental i Utu Lions or other unknown changes in he ecosystem. Surveys by Emfs have show that counts of Steller sea Lions in Central and Western Alaska Lave dropped 63 percent since 1985 and 82 percent since 1960. On rookeries from the Kenai Peninsula to Kiska Island in the Western aleutians the total number of sea Lions counted has declined from a High of 140,000 in 1956-60 to about 25, xxx in 1989. Violations of Laws protecting Steller sea Lions arc subject to severe civil and criminal penalties including fines of up to $25,000, imprisonment for up to one year and vessel forfeiture. For More information on this emergency regulation Contact Steve pc Noyer regional director Emfs at 586-7221. Juneau apr the newest proposal for a constitutional amendment on subsistence Hunting and fishing tries to solve the states Legal dilemma without specifically guaranteeing a subsistence priority. The amendment would simply say that nothing in the state Constitution prohibits the legislature from passing Laws governing subsistence activities As Long As they comply with Federal Law. That differs from the proposals by gov. Steve Cowper and rep. George Jacko who would Amend the Constitution to provide a specific preference for Rural subsistence Hunters and fishermen. Blk writing rules on Fossil Ivory collections inside today s Sentinel Home Garden and recreation a special supplement. Anchorage apr the . Bureau of land management is preparing new Federal rules that would allow commercial harvesting of Fossil Mammoth Ivory. A new Federal regulation allowing Mammoth Ivory to be taken on blk lands will be issued this summer in the Federal Register said John Cook Arctic division archaeologist for the blk. The Rule probably will be made final by december after a period of Public comment he said. Most of the to xxx pounds of Fossil Mammoth Ivory Anchorage brokers estimate is unearthed and sold annually in Alaska is coming from illegal sources Federal agents said. But few of the miners and artists who find and sell the ancient tusks and Teeth from the Alaska Interior know they Are engaging in an illegal activity officials said. Mammoth Ivory is of Little significance to museums and scientists. Cook predicted the regulation would allow the Agency to Issue Low Cost permits for Mammoth Tusk Gath eng. It is now illegal to pick up any fossilized Ivory from state or Federal lands he said. But that does no to Stop miners explorers and craftsmen from collecting As much Assi million Worth of the Mammoth Ivory each year. Most of the fossilized Ivory is valued at $30 to sex a Pound depending on its Quality. A Small percentage of the fossils bring Premium prices above $150 pounds Anchorage brokers said. Prices have increased 50 to by percent in the last 18 months said Anchorage traders. Mammoth Ivory is being carved More today because of its Appeal As an Alaska product artists said. In june a National ban on the importation of raw elephant Ivory contributed to an increase in the Price of alaskan Fossil Ivory artists and others said. Under the Marine mammal Protection act of 1972, Only Alaska natives can carve the states raw Walrus Ivory. Non native artists arc turning increasingly to the fossilized Mammoth Ivory for carving material. The fossilized Mammoth Ivory is not As significant to scientists As Bones and manmade artefacts. Cook said. The Alaska supreme court in december ruled the states subsistence Law unconstitutional because it gave a preference to Rural residents. Federal Law however requires a Rural subsistence preference in Alaska. Supporters of the latest proposal by rep. Lyman Hoffman a Bethel say it would give legislators flexibility in responding to Federal Laws while also preserving state management rights. A a it a the Best in be seen that would be close to acceptable in my District a rep. Curt Menard a Wasilla said thursday. Menard is co chairman of the House resources committee which plans to hold hearings on the Issue wednesday in Anchorage. The committee will be in Anchorage for the Alaska federation of natives convention he said. The Senate resources committee also is scheduled to hold subsistence hearings that Day in Anchorage said sen. Bettye Fahrenkamp a Fairbanks and committee chairwoman. In addition to the amendments proposed by Cowper and Jacko a Pedro Bay a native preference amendment has been offered by rep. Kay Wallis a fort Yukon. Hoffman said the other proposals Lack the political support needed to win a two thirds majority in the House and Senate and approval by the voters in november. Rep. Dick Shultz a Tok said he opposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a subsistence preference but he said Hoffman a proposal May be acceptable. Not everyone is sold on Hoffman a proposal. A it probably will gain ground but it wont gain my ground a said sen. Steve Frank a Fairbanks. Frank favors changing Federal Law instead. Cowper a special assistant for re source issues Denby Lloyd said Hoffman a proposal appears to have fewer Legal problems than other plans. But some lawmakers said it could result in pressure on die state to change its Laws if Congress decides in the future to modify the rules for subsistence. The negotiating committee for the 8,-500-member Alaska state employees association said Fred Dichter Union business manager. The 30-Mcmber committee voted against submitting the states offer to the unions members. The committee decided instead to wait until it receives an arbitrators decision on a wage Case pending against the state Dichter said. Die Union Hopes for the decision by april 15, Dichter said. The Case involves More than 2, xxx members prohibited from striking by stale Law which also provides for binding arbitration to Settle contract disputes. The Union is seeking a 6.1 percent pay raise and a one time $1,400 payment to compensate members for past years without a raise. Slate employees have gone without an across the Board pay hike since 1985. The states last offer before the arbitrator was no pay raise said Bruce Cummings state labor relations director. The arbitrator can choose either sides offer or anything in Between Cummings said. State negotiators since the Case went to arbitration have settled with most other unions for a 3.3 percent raise this year and Cost of living adjustments the next two years. Regardless of what the arbitrator awards to the strike based employees the state will not Budge from its 3.3 percent offer for the unions members who Are allowed to strike Cummings said. He also said the Union is taking a Gamble by waiting for the arbitrators decision. A legislative appropriation is needed to pay for any pay raise and lawmakers face a May 8 adjournment deadline he said. Of the Union fails to reach a contract settlement with state negotiators soon its members could be forced to wait until legislators return next year to receive higher paychecks Cummings said. Dichter said the unions negotiating team would meet after receiving the arbitrators decision to review their bargaining position. Shee Atoka donates to native Monument fund by Allen Sykora Sentinel staff writer Shee Atoka inc., donated $10,000 in seed Money to the Sitka historical society thursday night for a project to have a Monument erected to the native people of the Sitka area. The historical society had called the Community meeting to discuss the project. Since the Alexander Baranof statue was presented to the City by the Lloyd Hames family last Alaska Day there have been Calls for erection of a prominent Monument to Alaska natives As Well. Ray Perkins a member of the Shee Atoka Board of directors presented the Shee Atoka contribution to the society at the thursday meeting. A we Hope that this initial display of financial support will encourage All silk ans to get behind this project a said Perkins in a letter to Bruce Gaz away. Gazaway is director of the Isabel Miller museum which is operated by the historical society. A we also Hope it will encourage our people to unite together to decide on a form of a fitting memorial that All of our people can support and All silk ans will be proud of a said Perkins. A away said it was decided at the meeting that the native Community would choose the site and the specific project which might be a statue a totem pole a Park or some other Type of Monument. Groups that will be involved include the Alaska native brotherhood the Alaska native sisterhood and the Sitka Community association. One possible area discussed at length said Gazaway is the site of the old front sued so hex i on radian Street now a parking lot. A away said the historical society will conduct a fund drive and Contact corporations throughout the state for contributions. A we think there will be a lot of support not Only from Sitka but around the state for this sort of thing a he said. He said the society has set a goal of raising $60,000 to for the project within one year. Gaza Way said the historical society a wants physical reminders of Sitka a past a we think its important that history be preserved not Only in museums bul also out on the streets. On two separate incidents vehicles have been vandalized by person unknown at this time. The first took place on Dee. 12. The vehicle a red Subaru was parked past Alaska pulp corp. On herring Cove Road. The other vehicle was parked in from of search on March i. The damage w As done Early in the evening hours. Crime line is offering a Reward of up to Sixx this week for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person s responsible for this incident. Call crime line Al 747-8980. You do not have to give your name. Crime line will also pay for information on other felony crimes. Vandalism affects All of us and you can help Sitka support crime line. 4 i

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