Legislative Issues and Policy Tracking

CDFU monitors, responds, and partakes in all levels of policy, science, and legislative development regarding fisheries issues that have the potential to affect commercial fisheries in Prince William Sound, Copper River Delta, and Northern waters of Alaska's Gulf. This page is meant to provide resources for anyone looking for information on bills or policies affecting commercial fisheries.  Check our event calendar to stay up to date on upcoming events, meetings, and issues. 


The Alaska State Legislature provides many resources for anyone wishing to stay up to date on policies and in contact with their representatives. Cordova District Fishermen United, as political advocates of Area E commercial fishermen, tracks and responds to various bills through out each congressional session. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

You may also contact your Legislator by mail, e-mail, phone, and fax or by sending a Public Opinion Message. For a list of Legislators and their contact information click here: Legislator List. For information regarding Public Opinion Messages click here: Public Opinion Message. If you would like to know how to address your Legislator click here: Addressing your Legislator

If you wish to watch live committee meetings click the button below. When you reach the Alaska legislative page click the “Live Now” tab on the top right hand corner.

31st Congressional Session (2019)

January 15th, 1st Day of Session - April 14th 90th Day of Session

Federal Policy & Legislation

State policy & Legislation

SB22 Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries. - "An Act relating to management of enhanced stocks of shellfish; authorizing certain nonprofit organizations to engage in shellfish enhancement projects; relating to application fees for salmon hatchery permits; and providing for an effective date." View CDFU letter of support.

30th congressional session/ 115th Congress (2018)

State policy & legislation

HB56 Commercial Fishing Loanspassed - this increases the cap limit of loans available for purchasing permits or vessels increasing the buying power of those entering into fisheries. 

HB 260- Fish& Game licenses; Electronic form.  Looks at allowing electronic passes and permits for sports fishermen, hunters, and trappers. This bill is now moving to the resource committee.

HB188- Comm.Fish. Entry Permits; Loans; Trusts- addresses setting up a regional fisheries trust to hold permits and temporarily transfer them to prospective fishermen. 

HB87- Conflict of Interest BD Fish and Game-This bill addresses BOF members voting on issues in which they have a conflict of interest. HB87 would allow BOF members to offer input on subjects where a conflict of interest is divulged but leave that member still unable to vote on those matters. 

SB210-Seafood Misrepresentation on Menus- A retail food establishment may not misrepresent on a menu the identity or origin of a seafood or seafood ingredient in a prepared food product.

SB211- Temp. Transfer of Comm. Fishing Permits- The Board of Fisheries may require a person who holds a limited entry permit or an interim-use permit or who is a temporary transferee to be physically present at a beach or riparian fishing site during the operation of net gear or other stationary fishing gear at the site, except when the permit holder or temporary transferee is at or traveling to or from the location of

HB379- Comm Fishermen's Fund: Vessel Owner Claims- If a fisherman files a claim for benefits under this chapter and also files a claim against the protection and indemnity insurance policy of the vessel owner, the vessel owner is entitled to receive a benefit, not to exceed the amount of the actual loss. 

Federal policy& legislation

Marine Aquaculture act of 2017- is seeking to establish a regulatory system for marine aquaculture in the United States exclusive economic zone, and for other purposes.

HJR 35/ SJR 13 Urging Co-Management plan for sea otters - Urging the United States Congress to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act; urging certain federal agencies to permit Alaska Native organizations and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to co-manage, take, and study sea otters; and urging the United States Secretary of the Interior to review evidence and waive certain provisions of the moratorium on taking sea otters.

HR 200 Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act - This bill revises and reauthorizes through FY2022 the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Revisions include: fisheries management plans for overfished stocks, catch limit requirements, determination if fish stocks that are labeled depleted are due to human or natural influence.

S.168 Commercial Vessel Discharge Act- This bill requires the U.S. Coast Guard to address the regulation of discharges incidental to the normal operation of a commercial vessel into navigable waters, including ballast water discharges and aquatic nuisance species contained in the discharges- SIGNED INTO LAW