Coast Guard Implementation of New Requirements Coming in 2015

The various Coast Guard re-authorization acts have additional regulations that are being phased in.  At the end of this post is a link to the USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin that we summarized this information from.  Some new regulations to pay attention to are:

  • Mandatory Dockside Safety Examinations:  By October 15, 2015 if you fish outside of 3 miles of the baseline territorial seas (remember there are new lines in many areas for the territorial seas) at least once every five years.  If you fall in this category you must have the first exam by Oct. 15th.
  • Survival Craft:  As of February 16, 2016  the regulation for survival craft will read “a survival craft that ensures that no part of an individual is immersed in water . . . ” if you operate beyond 3 nautical miles of the boundary line.

For the following three categories, click on the link and view the information bulletin.

  • Newly Built Vessels
  • Load Lines
  • Alternate Safety Program

USCG MSIB 018-14 – CFVS Requirements Update 5PC 12.14.14

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Hatchery Task Force Handouts with 2015 Forecast

Below you will see portions of the handout/presentations provided at the gillnet and seine task force meetings the first week of December by the hatchery associations and the Regional Planning Team (RPT) draft minutes from their meeting, a handout regarding the allocation plan and by the forest service during the RPT meeting.

HATCHERY PRESENTATION

2014 TF DIPAC

2014 TF NSRAA

2014 TF SSRAA

FALL 2014 REGIONAL PLANNING TEAM MEETING DOCUMENTS

draft Minutes Fall 2014 first draft

Report on Allocation of Hatchery-Produced Salmon Calculation 2014

Tongass National Forest fishpass construction repair schedule 2014-2019

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Gillnet, Seine Task Force Meetings Announced

This year both task force meetings, as well as the RPT, will be held in Petersburg at the Borough Assembly Chambers located on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building at 12 South Nordic.
The Drift Gillnet Task Force meeting is scheduled for December 2, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The Purse Seine Task Force meeting is scheduled for December 3, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The Southeast RPT meeting is scheduled for December 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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Regular Length Dungeness Crab Season

ADF&G did their calculation according to the Dungeness crab management plan and based on the calculations there will be a normal length season.

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FDA recommends pregnant women and young children should eat seafood 2-3 times a week in revised guidelines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today (June 10, 2014)  issued draft updated advice on fish consumption. The two agencies have concluded pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury in order to gain important developmental and health benefits. The draft updated advice is consistent with recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Previously, the FDA and the EPA recommended maximum amounts of fish that these population groups should consume, but did not promote a minimum amount. Over the past decade, however, emerging science has underscored the importance of appropriate amounts of fish in the diets of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and young children.

“For years many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding fish to their young children,” said Stephen Ostroff, M.D., the FDA’s acting chief scientist. “But emerging science now tells us that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood can mean missing out on important nutrients that can have a positive impact on growth and development as well as on general health.”

An FDA analysis of seafood consumption data from over 1,000 pregnant women in the United States found that 21 percent of them ate no fish in the previous month, and those who ate fish ate far less than the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends—with 50 percent eating fewer than 2 ounces a week, and 75 percent eating fewer than 4 ounces a week. The draft updated advice recommends pregnant women eat at least 8 ounces and up to 12 ounces (2-3 servings) per week of a variety of fish that are lower in mercury to support fetal growth and development.

“Eating fish with lower levels of mercury provides numerous health and dietary benefits,” said Nancy Stoner, the EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Water. “This updated advice will help pregnant women and mothers make informed decisions about the right amount and right kinds of fish to eat during important times in their lives and their children’s lives.”

The draft updated advice cautions pregnant or breastfeeding women to avoid four types of fish that are associated with high mercury levels: tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico; shark; swordfish; and king mackerel. In addition, the draft updated advice recommends limiting consumption of white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces a week.

Choices lower in mercury include some of the most commonly eaten fish, such as shrimp, pollock, salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia, catfish and cod.

When eating fish caught from local streams, rivers and lakes, follow fish advisories from local authorities. If advice isn’t available, limit your total intake of such fish to 6 ounces a week and 1-3 ounces for children.

Before issuing final advice, the agencies will consider public comments, and also intend to seek the advice of the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and conduct a series of focus groups.

The public can provide comment on the draft advice and the supplemental questions and answers by submitting comments to the Federal Register docket or by participating in any public meetings that may be held. The comment period will be open until 30 days after the last transcript from the advisory committee meeting and any other public meetings becomes available. The dates of any public meetings, as well as when the public comment period will close, will be published in future Federal Register notices at www.federalregister.gov.

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm397929.htm

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USCG Information regarding Serious Marine Incidents

AK DOT drug and alcohol collection sites 5.19.14

USCG When to report casualties conduct alcohol drug testing 2014

USCG Report of Marine Casualty Form 2014

USCG Reporting Guidance Draft 2014

 

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NOAA Guide for Commercial Fishermen regarding Large Whale Entanglements

Here is the NOAA guide to fishermen’s obligations and response guidelines to whale entanglements.

NOAA Large Whale Entanglement Obligations & Response

 

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Board of Fish appointments confirmed by the Legislature

John Jensen, Sue Jefferies and Reed Morisky were re-appointed as well as Fritz Johnson were confirmed by the legislature on April 17th.

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King and Tanner Task Force Meeting Documents

The King and Tanner Task Force met on March 19, 2014. Below are some of the documents discussed at the meeting. Please call the SEAFA office (586-6652) if you want more information about the meeting.

2013-14 draft KTTF meeting agenda 031714

TANNER CRAB DOCUMENTS

2013-14 Tanner Season Summary by dist non-conf

2012-13Tanner Season Summary by dist public

2011-12Tanner Season Summary by dist Public

2013-14 Tanner stock status_NON-confidential_final

Annual Management Report fmr11-57 Tanner AMR

RED KING CRAB DOCUMENTS

Mark recapture update

KTTF 2013-2014_RKC

Bay by Bay 2013

Annual Management Report fmr11-68 King Crab AMR

GOLDEN KING CRAB

2012-13 GKC Season Handout_Public

2014 GKC fishery recommendations Final non-confidential

2014 KTTF presentation GKC

Golden King Crab Observer Program Report 1998 – 2010 RIR.1J.2012.11-1

 

KTTF Meeting Summary Notes 3 19 14 Final -  NEW DOCUMENT

 

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Dungeness Crab Task Force Meeting Documents

The Dungeness crab task force met on March 19, 2014. The following were the documents that were presented by ADF&G. If you have any questions about the meeting materials or want more information about the meeting call SEAFA at 907-586-6652.

2014 Southeast Alaska Dungeness Task Force Meeting Agenda 031714

2012_13 Dungeness Season Summary_NONconfidential

2013_14 Dungeness Season Summary_NONconfidential

KTTF 2013-2014_dungeness crab model

Dungeness Harvest Data_NONconfidential_2003to2013

SeaOtterExpansion Map   Work Cited for Sea Otter Distribution Data the sea otter expansion map shows has the districts and subdistricts marked that can be used in conjunction with the Dungeness harvest data above.

and not handed out at the meeting but discussed as a document was the Annual Management Report   fmr11-62 Dungeness AMR

Note:  While there was an agenda topic for a Dungeness buy back program – there is no active pursuit of a Dungeness buyback program.

 

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