HCR 8 Supports Continued Operation of a Needed Facility Despite Budget Cuts to the University of Alaska
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April 7, 2017
Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives has passed a resolution urging the University of Alaska to keep the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center open to support Alaska’s vital seafood industry. House Concurrent Resolution 8 was put forward by the House Special Committee on Fisheries, chaired by Representative Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak).
“The seafood industry is vital to the Alaska economy and we should maintain the infrastructure that supports that industry so that it can continue as the largest private sector employer in the state,” said Rep. Stutes. “I recognize that the University of Alaska is struggling with budget cuts but it’s the opinion of the Alaska House that the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center is too important to close.”
The seafood industry in Alaska employs around 60,000 workers a year and pays $1.6 billion in wages and salaries.
The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center is used to train workers for the seafood industry and is home to ongoing research that will continue to enhance the industry. The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center was established in 1981 and the building that currently houses the center was built with funds from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill settlement. The facility is located on Kodiak Island and hosts five laboratories, a 5,000 square foot pilot seafood processing plant, and facilities for classroom instruction.
HCR 8 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 40-0. The resolution will be sent to the Alaska Senate for consideration.
For more information, please contact Reid Harris in Rep. Stutes’s office at (907) 465-4087.