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.

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GKC_KTTF_2012

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Also provided was a copy of the report: Southeast Alaska Golden King Crab Onboard Observer Program Report for 1998 through 2010

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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.  This shows up in the IPHC Chart as the BLUE LINE

The coastwide fishery goes from 33.8 Mlbs in 2011 DOWN to 22.7 Mlbs recommendation for 2013. (Table in Millions of LBS)

AREA          2013          2012
2A                0.71            1.15
2B                 4.58            6.63
2C                 3.12            3.21
3A                9.24          11.92
3B                 2.73          5.07
4A                0.85          1.57
4B                0.62           1.87
4CDE          0.85           2.47

Total        22.70        33.80Mlbs

The various presentations given today can be viewed at http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events/interim-meeting.html

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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 the average harvest over the past five odd years. The 2013 forecast was produced in two steps: 1) a forecast of the trend in the harvest, and 2) the forecast trend adjusted using 2012 juvenile pink salmon abundance data provided by the NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Auke Bay Laboratories. A brief discussion and description of the forecast methods can be found at:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyareasoutheast.salmon#/forecasts  

Department staff will be available to discuss this forecast and plan for the 2013 season at the SE Alaska Purse Seine Task Force Meeting scheduled for December 6, 2012, in Juneau. In addition, staff from the NOAA Auke Bay Laboratories plan to attend this meeting and present their 2013 pink salmon harvest forecast for Southeast Alaska.

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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 Juneau at Centennial Hall starting at 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
PSTF 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 Southeast King and Tanner Task Force will be meeting Friday, December 7, in Juneau; 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm at ADFG Commissioners Conference room with teleconference locations at:
Petersburg – Tides Inn Conference Room
Wrangell – ADFG Wrangell Area Office
Sitka – ADFG Sitka Area Office
Ketchikan – ADFG Ketchkian Area Office

TOPICS for the meeting include:  (DRAFT) if you have additional items you would like to add to the agenda, contact the SEAFA office

  • Review 2011/12 king and tanner crab fisheries
  • Update on 2012 king and tanner crab surveys and stock status
  • Discussion of 2012/2013 golden king crab fishery management and stock status

On Wednesday, December 5th, the Regional Planning Team will be meeting in Juneau

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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 from Mandatory Exams Reply to SEAFA Request Oct2012

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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 allocation will be 18.3% of the combined charter and commercial setline halibut catch limit. When the combined charter and setline halibut is between ≥ 5 million pounds and ≤5.755 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 0.915 million pounds. When the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit is > 5.755 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 15.9% of the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit.

Area 3A:
At a combined charter and setline halibut catch limit of <10 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 18.9% of the combined charter and commercial setline halibut catch limit. When the combined charter and setline halibut is between ≥ 10 million pounds and ≤10.8 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 1.890 million pounds. When the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit is > 10.8 million pounds and ≤20 million pounds , the charter allocation will be 17.5% of the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit. When the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit is between >20 million pounds and ≤25 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 3.5 million pounds. When the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit is greater than 25 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 14.0% of the combined charter and commercial setline halibut catch limit.

Compared to the CSP adopted in 2008:
2C lost 0.8 to 1.0% of the combined catch limit (CCL), depending on abundance levels, to charter.
3A lost 3.5% of the combined catch limit to charter at CCL below 20,000,000 pounds.

The high end of the allocation alternatives would have re-allocated, in 2C at time of low abundance 4.5% and in 3A in times of low abundance 5.3%
The Guided Angler Fish (GAF) program was adopted and the logbooks were recommended to be used as the primary data collection method for charter harvest over the Statewide Harvest Survey (SWHS).
Thank you to the SEAFA members who attended the meeting or submitted written testimony. This has been a long battle and is not over until a final rule is published.
I will post the full motion as passed when available

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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 2008 CSP.

Also on the table will be a review of the 2013 Annual Deployment Plan for the restructured observer program.  For vessels in the halibut and sablefish IFQ fishery which was previously unobserved between 40 and 57.5 feet in length they are proposing a vessel selection pool where you will be selected for 3 months at a time (quarterly) to be observed for all federal fishing trips. Electronic Monitoring (EM) will be  a voluntary basis only (you might be selected for human observation also) to try and develop a program to be integrated in the future.  The current objective of the voluntary EM program “in 2013 is to evaluate the efficacy of EM to identify species and the disposition of those species coverd by the full retention requirements for Demersal Shelf Rockfihs in the hook and line fishery operating out of Southeast Alaska.  Only vessels with a history of fishing from the ports of Homer, Petersburg, Sitka and if funding permits Kodiak.

There will be a review of a discussion paper on Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS). There is a strong push by Coast Guard and enforcement to enact a requirement that all commercial fishing vessels be required to have VMS in federal fisheries.

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Neets Bay Fishing Schedule

The following rotational fishery schedule and area description will be in effect from 12:00 noon, Monday, September 24, 2012, unless changed by subsequent announcement:

The Neets Bay terminal harvest area will be open east of the longitude of the easternmost tip of Bug Island and west of the barrier net at the head of the bay. The barrier net extends from approximately 55°47.22′ N. latitude, 131°29.37′ W. longitude to 55°47.08′ N. latitude, 131°30.18′ W. longitude.

Purse Seine:
12:00 noon, Monday, September 24, through 12:00 noon, Tuesday, September 25, 2012;
12:00 noon, Friday, September 28, through 12:00 noon, Saturday, September 29, 2012;
12:00 noon, Tuesday, October 2, through 12:00 noon, Wednesday, October 3, 2012;

Drift Gillnet:
12:00 noon, Wednesday, September 26, through 12:00 noon, Thursday, September 27, 2012;
12:00 noon, Sunday, September 30, through 12:00 noon, Monday, October 1, 2012;
12:00 noon, Thursday, October 4, through 12:00 noon, Friday, October 5, 2012.

Troll will remain open on a continual basis in the Neets Bay terminal harvest area however, effective 12:00 noon, Monday, September 24; the open area will be expanded to include the area listed above.

Effective 12:00 noon, Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Neets Bay terminal harvest area will be open to the harvest of salmon concurrently by troll, drift gillnet, and purse seine gear. The Neets Bay terminal harvest area will close for the season to all gear groups at 12:00 noon, Saturday, November 10, 2012.

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Net Salmon Task Force Meetings

ADFG announced the following meetings to be held the first week of December 2012:

Gillnet Task Force Meeting – Juneau – December 4th, 1:00 pm until meeting is completed at the ADFG Commissioners Conference Room

SE Regional Planning Team (RPT) Meeting – Juneau – December 5th, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm or until finished at Centennial Hall in the Hickel Room

Seine Task Force Meeting – Juneau – December 6th, 8:30 am until 5:00 pm at ADFG Commissioner’s Conference Room

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Dungeness Task Force Meeting about DEC PSP Pre-season Sampling

Meeting locations are as follows:
ADFG offices: Douglas/Juneau; Petersburg, Sitka and Ketchikan
Wrangell will be at the City Council Chamber
If you are interested and unable to attend at one of these locations, please call SEAFA 586-6652 and prearrange for a teleconference line to be made available for you.

Proposed Agenda
Preseason Dungeness Crab Paralytic Shellfish Toxin (PST) Teleconference
Friday August 31, 2012 1:30- 3:00

1. Background ADEC-Seafood
2. Summer Pre-season Sampling Results ADEC-Seafood
3. Permitting Requirements – ADF&G
4. Laboratory Submission Requirements and comments on sample submission-ADEC Environmental Health Laboratory
5. Fall Pre-season Sample Planning – ADEC Seafood, ADEC EHL, SEAFRA, PVOA & others
6. Recap
7. Q&A

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