Representative Paul Seaton of Homer, as we’ve reported, has introduced legislation in Juneau to change regulations for the types of hooks used in catch and release fisheries throughout the state.
Rep. Seaton(R-Homer): “When there is a catch and release fishery, that you’d use a barbeless hook because it reduces mortality. The object is not to establish more catch and release fisheries, but to make it that there’s more fishing opportunities ’cause if you have a higher mortality in a population that is causing some restrictions in fishing, then that could close the entire season. Where as, if you can lower that mortality, such as with the king salmon last year, if you can lower that catch and release mortality, then that should extend the ability to have those fisheries continue.”
Testimony on HB110 was held this Tuesday.