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Alaska Limited Entry Fisheries, Amendment 5 (August 1972)

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The Alaska Limited Entry Fisheries, Amendment 5 was on the August 22, 1972 statewide primary election ballot in Alaska as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.Approveda

Voters were asked whether they wanted to amend the Alaska Constitution to assert that no exclusive right of fishery would be created or authorized in "the natural waters" of the state; however, the government would be authorized to limit entry into particular fisheries at particular times for

  • Resource conservation reasons.
  • To prevent economic distress among fishermen.
  • To promote the efficient development of aquaculture.

Election results

Alaska Limited Entry Fisheries, Amendment 5
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 39,837 78.7%
No10,76121.3%

Text of measure

The ballot summary said,

Shall section 15, article VIII of the Alaska Constitution be amended by adding a sentence to the present section (underlined sentence to be added) which would read as follows: NO EXCLUSIVE RIGHT OF FISHERY. No exclusive right or special privilege of fishery shall be created or authorized in the natural waters of the State. This section does not restrict the power of the State to limit entry into any fishery for purposes of resource conservation, to prevent economic distress among fishermen and those dependent upon them for a livelihood and to promote the efficient development of aquaculture in the State.

Changes to the Alaska Constitution

The passing of Alaska Limited Entry Fisheries, Amendment 5 amended Article VIII, Section 15 of the Alaska Constitution.

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