SE Board of Fish

The Board of Fish started deliberating on some of the proposals that they discussed in the committee of the whole. According to my notes here are the actions that have been taken so far.

Proposal #210: AMENDED to(summarized language): A person sport-fishing from a charter vessel when releasing a non-pelagic rockfish shall immediately utilize a deep water release mechanism to return the rockfish to the bottom near where the fish was hooked or to at least a 100 feet in depth whichever is shallower. PASSED 7/0/0

Proposal #211: No Action based on #210

Proposal #212: Change the rockfish allocation from 16% sport/84% commercial to 25% sport/75% commercial. FAILED 0/6/1 after an attempt to amend to a 20/80% split failed for a lack of a second.

Proposal #216: AMENDED: Proposal was originally to repeal the annual limit. Proposal was amended to read: Non-resident bag limit is 4 fish, 4 in possession, no size limit except, in that portion of NSEI waters identified as Chatham Strait, North of Point Gardner an 8 fish annual limit will apply. Amended motion PASSED 6/1/0. It was clarified that Lynn Canal and Icy Straits is not part of Chatham Strait but there is not clarity on the upper boundary of Chatham Strait.

Proposal #217: AMENDED: Lingcod allocation guidelines for Eastern Gulf of Alaska Area. Believe the proposal was amended to take out the reference to increasing the GHR by 20,000 pounds. The proposal as written would reallocate the lingcod quota in the Icy Bay sub-district between the directed lingcod fishery 46%; longline bycatch 10%; and salmon troll bycatch 10%; maintaining the sport quota at the current 33.33% PASSED 7/0/0 (need to double check the final record on this proposal.

Proposal #219, 220, 221, 222 all FAILED 0/7/0 and all were proposals to either increase the GHR or reallocate lingcod.

More Deliberations in the morning and then they are hoping by afternoon to start committees.

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Board of Fish Meeting Starts Feb 24th in Ketchikan

The Board of Fish for Southeast Finfish, Groundfish and Herring Starts Friday Feb. 24th in Ketchikan.

The meeting can be viewed on line when in session at

Meeting Documents including Staff comments on proposals and ADFG Reports can be viewed here – scroll down to SE Fishfish meeting

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Comments on Small Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels Less Than 79 Feet

The comment period for the draft permit ended today Feb. 21st. We are currently covered under a legislative exemption that ends December 19, 2013. SEAFA helped draft UFA’s comments and submitted these comments for SEAFA.
sVGP draft comments 2.20.12

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Southeast Alaska Sablefish Industry Meeting

ADFG announced on January 30th that they will hold an industry meeting with Sablefish permit holder and interested individuals on Thursday March 8, 2012 at 12:30 to 4:30 pm. This meeting will be to discuss the status of Southeast Alaska inside waters sablefish stocks. In addition, NOAA Fisheries Service Staff will be in attendance to discuss status of sablefish stocks in federal waters of the Gulf of Alaska. The meeting will be held in Sitka at the NSRAA Conference room (1308 Sawmill Creek Road). Individuals unable to attend in person my participate via teleconference at the following locations.
Petersburg – ADFG Petersburg ARea Office
Juneau – ADFG Southeast Region Office in Douglas

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Seymour Canal Herring Sac Roe Quota

ADFG announced the Seymour Canal Herring Gillnet Sac Roe Fishery Quota for 2012 on January 30th. Seymour Canal (Section 11-D) will have a Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) of 1,287 tons.
There will be no commercial fishery in Hobart Bay/Port Houghton (District 10)

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IPHC Announces 2012 Catch Limits and Season Dates

The IPHC made the following decisions on Friday Jan. 27th, 2012 concerning the 2012 Halibut season dates and catch limits.
2Aa 0.989
2Bb, includes sport 7.038
2C 2.624
3A 11.918
3B 5.070
4A 1.567
4B 1.869
4CDEc 2.465
Total 33.540
a Includes sport, tribal, and commercial fisheries.
b Includes sport and commercial fisheries.
c Individual catch limits for Areas 4C, 4D, and 4E are determined by the NPFMC catch sharing plan.

Season dates March 17th to October 31st. The earlier date is basically to give staff more time to develop catch limit recommendations and have all the information to work with.

Reverse slot limit for Area 2C halibut charter fleet was adopted (under 45 – over 68) Council also adopted a plan to include wastage and careful release education

The Conference Board, Processor Advisory Group and Staff presentations are all posted HERE: The conference board made at least five motions regarding by-catch, The Canadians supported with US opposing a motion that would designate Area 3A an area of concern which would drop the harvest rate resulting in a catch limit of 6.95 million pounds. The CB also voted in support again of last years proposal to investigate the use of tags for accounting of all non-commercial removals.

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King and Tanner Task Force

The King and Tanner Task Force (KTTF) met by teleconference on January 12, 2012 prior to the Board of Fish meetings. At this meeting they discussed membership of the task force, board of fish proposals and the Board of Fish charge which was presented to the Board. The Board adopted the new charge which will replace the charge adopted in 2001.

Charge to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Southeast Alaska King and Tanner Crab Task Force

The Southeast Alaska King and Tanner Crab Task Force (KTTF) is an advisory industry group that meets annually with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) to exchange information on Southeast Alaska commercial king and Tanner crab fisheries. The Alaska Board of Fisheries (Board) directs ADF&G and KTTF to work together collaboratively for the following purposes:
Evaluation and design of research plans;
Stock assessment and survey design;
Fishery data collection;
Management issues of mutual concern;
Long-term management plans and goals.

Additionally, the KTTF and ADF&G will work together toward achieving consensus on king and Tanner management proposals for the board.

The king and Tanner crab fisheries and associated regulations should be compatible with a vision for the sustainable management of the Southeast Alaska crab fisheries, outlined as follows:
Abundance based management by area with preseason GHLs, incorporating information about all stock segments;
Survey and stock assessment protocols in place that are understood by stakeholders;
In-season management targeting specific area GHLs;
Follow the policies set out in the Board’s king and Tanner crab policy;
Maintain the concurrent Tanner and golden king crab fisheries.

Click KTTF Meeting 1.12.12 for a copy of the meeting notes submitted to the Board of Fish for the Jan 12, 2012 teleconference

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NPFMC/IPHC Halibut Bycatch Workshop

The NPFMC & IPHC joint workshop on Halibut Bycatch EStimation, Halibut Growth and Migration, & Effects on Harvest Strategy is scheduled for April 24-25 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Seattle. The following information document has been posted for the meeting. Click HERE

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Taku Legislative Task Force

The Taku Legislative Task Force met on January 5th & 7th. The task force is strictly for fact-finding and not for recommendations. The various presentations for January 5th are available HERE and for the January 7th meeting HERE. At the hearing on the 7th Chieftain Metals stated that their they were pursuing a road option for the mine tailings rather than a barging operation.

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Pot Shrimp Task Force

POT SHRIMP TASK FORCE MEETING
Sitka. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the Pot Shrimp Task Force will be meeting in Petersburg on January 14, 2012. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Petersburg City Council Chambers. This meeting is between members of the Pot Shrimp Task Force and ADF&G management and research staff involved with the Southeast Alaska shrimp pot fishery. The Pot Shrimp Task Force was formed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in 2003 as a forum for discussion and continuing development of the shrimp fishery in the region. Topics for the meeting include discussion of shrimp proposals before the Alaska Board of Fisheries during the January 15–24 Southeast and Yakutat shellfish meeting in Petersburg and the status and plans for the Pot Shrimp Task Force.

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