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2012 SE Alaska Pink Salmon Forecast

ADFG released their Southeast Alaska Pink Salmon Forecast for 2012 at 17 million pinks below the 10 year recent average of 40 million pinks. The point estimate of 17 million pinks has an 80% confidence level with a range of 10 to 29 million. News Release 2012 SE Pink Salmon Forecast

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Sea Otter Legislation Gets Hearing in House Natural Resource Committee

Congressman Don Young had a Natural Resource Committee held a legislative hearing today on H.R. 2714 which would allow the interstate sale of sea otter pelts and the export of handicrafts, garments, and art made from such pelts of the Southcentral or Southeast Alaska northern sea otter stocks that are taken for subsistence purposes. “Alaska’s […]

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Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Comittee to Meet in Seattle Prior to Expo

The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC) to the USCG & Homeland Security will be meeting in Seattle the week of Fish Expo on November 14-16. Written comments on topics being discussed are being taken through Nov. 4th to be provided to the committee. The committee will meet at the Henry M Jackson Federal Building […]

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Dept of Revenue proposed changes to fishery business Regulations

The Dept of Revenue is accepting comments on draft proposed regulation changes to the Fishery Business regulations. There are changes in 17 different sections. Comments must be received no later than November 10, 2011. Electronic comments can be submitted to janis.hale@alaska.gov 15 AAC 75.300 definition section is being repealed and readopted to add or clarify […]

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ISA (Infectious Salmon Anemia) Found in Wild Sockeye in Canada

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a long session that went into the early morning hours, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan amendment authored by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) that calls for an investigation and rapid response plan to prevent the spread of a potentially deadly salmon virus. The virus, which was recently found for the first […]

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Gillnet Observer Program Workshops

There will be workshops about the gillnet observer program on Nov. 14th in Petersburg and Nov 15th in Wrangell. A letter will be going to all permit holders with the details. The intent is still to implement the observer program in Districts 6 & 8 in 2012 using leased boats as remote platforms to observe […]

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Halibut Catch Share Plan

At this meeting, NMFS informed the Council that it would need to revisit its proposed Area 2C/3A halibut catch sharing plan (CSP), citing policy and technical issues which compromise their ability to proceed to a final rule. Specifically, NMFS requested additional Council input on the following three concerns, along with other technical issues that may […]

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Board of Fish Proposal Book Posted Online

The Board of Fish Proposal Book has been posted online at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/regprocess/fisheriesboard/pdfs/2011-2012/2011_2012prop_book.pdf

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Halibut Catch Sharing Plan finally Released as a Proposed Rule

The long awaited halibut catch sharing plan proposed rule will be in the federal register July 22 with a 45 day comment period which ends September 6th. The link to the NOAA press release and draft rule is: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2011/halibutstock072111.htm

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Chatham Blackcod Quota for 2011 Annouced

The Chatham blackcod overall quota limits decreased by 16% from 2011. The annual harvest objective is 1,046,873 round pounds. There are currently 83 permits issued for this fishery 4 less than last year; therefore the individual equal quota share will be 10,602 round pounds. Fishery opens on August 15th at 8:00 am and closes at […]

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