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IPHC Catch Limits Announced

The IPHC today announced the following catch limits. Presentations from throughout the week can be viewed online at: http://www.iphc.int/ AREA      2012 Catch Limit      Blue Line Recomm     2013 Catch Limit   % of Change* 2A                  989,000                       710,000                         990,000                 +0.10% 2B              7,038,000                   4,580,000                     7,038,000                    same 2C               2,624,000                   2,970,000                     2,970,000                   +13% 3A             11,918,000                   9,240,000                   11,030,000                    -7.5% 3B              5,070,000                    2,730,000                     4,290,000                   -15.4% 4A              1,567,000                         850,000                     1,330,000                   -15.2% 4B               1,869,000                         620,000                      1,450,000                   -22.4% 4C               1,107,365                          358,000                          859,000                   -22.4% 4D               1,107,365                          358,000                          859,000                   -22.4% 4E                   250,290                           135,000                          212,000                 -15.29% TOTAL    33,540,000                   22,550,000                   31,028,000                      -7.5% Area 2A […]

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SE Gillnet Sac Roe GHL’s Announced

Seymour Canal (Section 11-D): The Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) for the Seymour Canal sac roe fishery is 1,014 tons. This GHL is based upon a 3,000 ton threshold level, a forecasted mature spawning biomass of 7,716 tons, and a harvest rate of 13.1%. The forecast indicates the spawning stock will consist of 11% age-3, 28% […]

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Sablefish Personal Use Report Due by January 15th

Don’t forget that you must return your 2012 personal use fishing record for sablefish or you won’t be able to get a permit for 2013

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King and Tanner Task Force Presentations from December 7, 2012

The following are the powerpoint presentations from the December 7, 2012 King and Tanner Task Force Meeting. At the end of the meeting, John Barry was re-elected as co-chair of the task Force with ADFG’s Forrest Bowers. King_Tanner_KTTF_2012 GKC_KTTF_2012 Observer_program_KTTF_2012 Also provided was a copy of the report: Southeast Alaska Golden King Crab Onboard Observer […]

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IPHC Staff Recommendation for 2013

The IPHC Staff announced their 2013 recommended catch limits in a web seminar. While they presented their recommendations in a table that shows a range and the risk and benefit factors for the different levels in the range. The following limits are the equivalent to past years recommendations and the baseline recommendation of the scientists.  […]

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2013 Pink Salmon Forecast for Southeast Alaska

The Southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest in 2013 is predicted to be in the excellent range, with a point estimate of 54 million fish (80% confidence interval: 42–67 million fish). An actual harvest of 54 million pink salmon would be well above the recent 10-year average of 37 million pink salmon, but is close to […]

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Salmon Task Force Meetings

The Gillnet Task Force Meeting will be held Tuesday December 4, 2012 at 1:00 in Juneau at Centennial Hall. GNTF Agenda 2012 (DRAFT) Have additional topics you would like discussed, contact SEAFA office and we will request it to be added to the agenda. The Seine Task Force Meeting will be held on Thursday December 6, in […]

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Exemption for SE Inside Waters from Mandatory CG Exams

Attached is the letter from the Coast Guard granting an exemption for vessels under 79 feet, and in the inside waters of SE Alaska and outside of 3 mile baseline (contiguous/donut holes in Cross Sound, Sitka Sound, Icy Strait, Chatham Strait, , Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal, Fredrick Sound, Clarence Strait and REvillagigedo Channel. SEAK Exemption […]

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NPFMC Takes Action on the Halibut CSP Again!

The Council took final action on the Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). By a vote of 10-1 (Sam Cotton opposed) they adopted Alternative 3 for Area 2C and Alternative 4 for Area 3A. The final percentages approved were : Area 2C: At a combined charter and setline halibut catch limit of <5 million pounds, the charter […]

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NPFMC Meets 1st Week of October in Anchorage

The NPFMC will be taking up several issues of interest to SEAFA Members. Approximately Wednesday afternoon through Friday the NPFMC will be taking final action (again) on a Halibut Catch Share Plan (CSP) between commercial and charter industries. There are options on the table to reallocate to the charter sector up to 5% above the allocation set in the […]

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