ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 179
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
October 16, 1998
I, Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska, make the
1. On September 16, 1998, I declared a disaster exists in
the communities of Stebbins, St. Michael, Minto, and Manley Hot
Springs due to the catastrophically low salmon returns jeopardizing
the health and safety of individuals in the disaster area. I
subsequently amended the September 16, 1998, declaration to include
the communities of False Pass, Nelson Lagoon, and Tyonek in the
disaster area. Disaster relief to be provided will include payments
from the state to vendors on behalf of qualified individuals
for food, fuel, and essential utilities.
2. AS 16.43.160(b) requires that annual fees for the renewal
of entry permits and interim-use permits shall be established
by the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (Commission).
20 AAC 05.240 sets out a schedule of annual permit fees which
range from $50 to $250 for Alaska residents.
3. I find that compliance with the provisions of the resident
fee schedule in 20 AAC 05.240 would substantially impede action
necessary to cope with the disaster declared on September 16,
1998. Because of this disaster, many residents living in the
disaster area, who hold permits for salmon fisheries in the disaster
area, cannot pay for food, fuel, and essential utilities. Due
to the limited economic opportunities in the disaster area, many
of these salmon permit holders will receive state disaster assistance
grants. However, additional financial relief is necessary to
more effectively cope with this disaster. The resident poverty
level permit fee is only $15. A refund to these individuals of
all but $15 of the amount of the disaster area salmon permit
renewal fees paid for the 1998 fishing season would further assist
the disaster relief effort.
Under the authority of art. III, sec. 1 of the Alaska Constitution
and AS 26.23.020(g)(1), I, Tony Knowles, Governor of the State
of Alaska, make the following order:
The provisions of 20 AAC 05.240 are suspended to the extent
that they would preclude a reflund of all but $15 of the 1998
resident entry or interim-use permit annual renewal fees for
salmon fisheries in the disaster area which have been paid as
of today by permit holders who live in the disaster area and
who have been determined eligible for state disaster grant assistance.
The disaster area includes communities described in the September
16, 1998, declaration and the communities added to the disaster
area by subsequent amendment to the declaration. The commission
is directed to reflund these 1998 annual fees to these eligible
This order takes effect immediately.
Dated at Anchorage, Alaska, this 16 day of October, 1998.