Board of Fish Update 2

Board of Fish Update 2/28/12

Last Night report I wasn’t sure that I had Proposal #217 amendment correct. The correct numbers for the split of commercial fishery allocation is 46% directed; 12% longline and 8% troll.

The Board clarified on the record but did not reconsider any information pertaining to #216 Sablefish annual limit proposal that the area closed is District 12 (Chatham Strait – North of Point Gardner.

Proposal #206 – Create a directed pot fishery for spiny dogfish. FAILED 1/6/0 based on the information that a fisherman could apply for a Commissioner’s permit. (probably unlikely to receive one).

Proposal #207 – increase sport fish bag limit for spiny dogfish to 10 with no annual limit. FAILED 1/6/0

Proposal #249 – annual limits on salmon for non-residents. FAILED 0/7/0

Proposal 252 – Prohibit the use of a power assist reel to retrieve sport fish, except by anglers with a disability. FAILED 1/6/0

Proposal #254 – Allow the use of bait by anglers age 10 or younger in lakes designated as high use or small cutthroat lakes. AMENDED to allow the use of bait by kids under age 16 in Pat’s Lake for two weekends in June (4 days) with a bag limit of two fish – no size limit (kids only) (RC 84) PASSED 7/0/0

Proposal #301 – Close waters on the Tsui River to Commercial was AMENDED to close upstream of the ½ way point for the year between the terminus of the river to the Duck Creek Marker. (RC 102) PASSES 4/3/0

Proposal #230 – Herring Management Plan for Sitka Sac Roe Fishery by adding three criteria FAILED 0/7/0

Proposal #232 – Change the formula for determining the harvest rate for the Sitka Sound Sac Roe Fishery FAILED 0/7/0 (lot of time spent on this proposal and attempts to amend before finally failing)

Proposal #231 – Close the Sitka Sac Roe Fishery when the total harvest is within 10% of the GHL. FAILED 0/7/0

Proposal #233 & 234 – Equal shares for Sitka Sac Roe Fishery. FAILED 1/6/0

Proposal #235 – Keep fishing vessel participating in the Sitka Sac Roe fishery out of the area to be opened until the start of the opening. WITHDRAWN BY PROPOSER – NO ACTION

Proposal #238 & 239 – Close an area of Sitka Sound to the commercial seine sac roe fishery. AMENDED to a smaller area. (See RC 90 http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo click on link to SE Finfish Meeting and then scroll to the bottom of documents to RC 82-101) PASSED 6/1/0

Proposal #242 – Increase the minimum herring threshold level for the West Behm Canal Area. FAILED 1/6/0

Proposal #273 – Require permits for subsistence or personal use harvest of herring eggs. FAILED 1/6/0

Proposal #325 – Chum Troller Assoc. proposal to develop a targeted chum troll fishery in District 12 & 14. AMENDED / PASSED 6/0/1 SEE RC 97 for regulatory language.

Proposal #326 – Chum troll fishery in District 11-A in July. WITHDRAWN BY PROPOSER NO ACTION TAKEN (Withdrawn as compromise on Proposal #326)

Proposal #337 – Herring Cove Management Plan. AMENDED that basically put the current practices in regulatory language. PASSED 6/0/1

Proposal #260 – Include Stat areas 101-29 & 101-25 and the remaining portion of 101-27 in the THA for sport fishery and implement a bag limit of two king salmon for residents and non-residents in the expanded area and the fish would not count towards the non-resident annual limit. FAILED 0/7/0

Proposal #261 – Increase king salmon bag limit for residents and non-residents by one additional fish from June 1 – July 31st in the proposed expanded THA when the king salmon abundance index is 1.51 or higher. Non-resident annual limit would apply. FAILED 0/7/0

Proposal #331 – Submitted by SSRAA to revise the Neets Bay THA deleting current schedules in regulation and allowing the Board to set fishing schedules in response to broodstock, cost recovery and the status of the SE Enhanced Allocation Plan. AMENDED to: After July 4th the first opening will go to the net gear group farthest behind in the SE Enhanced Allocation Plan. PASSED 7/0/0

Proposal #285 – Remove the 58 foot vessel length requirement in combination with a second permit. FAILED 1/5/1

Proposal #286 – Change the vessel length from 58 feet to 75 feet. FAILED 0/6/1

Proposal #287 – A seine permit holder in the West Behm Canal herring sac roe fishery to designate another permit holder to fish their equal share. NO ACTION (don’t have the legal authority )

Proposal #247 – Develop a Juneau roadside fishery management plan. NO ACTION (don’t have the regulatory authority as written)

Proposal #268 – Dept proposal withdrawn that would clarify personal use finfish regulations. NO ACTION

THE BOARD OF FISH TOOK NO ACTION ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL AS REQUESTED BY THE JOINT RPT INDUSTRY CONSENSUS AGREEMENT (Proposals #’s 289; 290; 291; 295; 296; 297; 298; 308; 323; 324; 332; 333; and 336.

The Board of Fish is done with the Committe of the Whole and committee will start tomorrow morning.

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