The IPHC announced their recommendation today at the interim meeting. All the documents and presentations can be accessed through their web page
The presentation with the IPHC recommendation document is here: IPHC Interim meeting recommendation Presentation IPHC-2017-IM093-08-09-P 11.28.17
The IPHC survey showed a 24% drop in the number of halibut and a 10% drop in the coast wide weight of halibut. As a result, the current harvest rate of F46 results in catch limit decreases in each area.
HERE is a simplified Staff recommendation table. IPHC Interim Meeting Recommendation 11.28.17 For reference, the table provides the 2017 TCEY recommendations, the 2017 adopted TCEY, the resulting 2017 FCEY catch limits, the 2018 recommended TCEY, and the resulting 2018 FCEY catch limits for each area after deducting bycatch, wastage, and sport catch.
The 2017 Salmon task force meetings will be held in Ketchikan this year.
SEINE TASK FORCE MEETING Nov 28, 2017 9:00 AM at the Ted Ferry Civic Center
2017 PSTF Agenda
NR 2018 Pink salmon harvest forecast
GILLNET TASK FORCE MEETING Nov 29, 2017 9:00 AM at the Ted Ferry Civic Center
2017 GNTF Agenda 2017
Below is a handout from ADF&G for both task force meetings regarding participation and value of the fisheries
2017 Task Force Handout value and participation
The Regional Planning Team (RPT) will be meeting in Ketchikan on Nov 30, 2017 At the Ted Ferry Civic Center
Fall 2017 RPT draft agenda
There will be a KTTF meeting December 7, 2017 1:00 – 4:30 pm. The meeting will be hosted at the ADF&G regional office in Douglas, in Petersburg at the Tides Inn Conference Room and connected via web conferencing. For web conferencing click on the news release link for directions.
Agenda items include:
- 2017 Tanner Crab Survey preliminary results
- 2017/18 red king crab fishery summary
- 2017/18 Board of Fish proposals
NR KTTF Meeting 12.7.17
Below is a memo sent by ADF&G to be discussed at the meeting in regards to BOF proposal #69
Golden King Crab surplus production_final_2017 11.16.17
The Alaska Congressional Delegation and State of Alaska submitted a joint letter to Sec of State Rex Tillerson with the request that B.C. mining projects and potential impacts to Alaska be included on the agenda for the upcoming bilateral meetings between the U.S. Dept of State and Global Affairs Canada as a first important step towards federal level communication on this issue at the federal level. The letter which is posted below then outlines 5 specific issues to consider.
AK Delegation Letter to Secretary Tillerson 11.16.17
The Territorial Sportsmen sponsored a symposium on the Taku and Chilkat River Chinook Salmon: Status, Research and Management. The intent of this event was focused on increasing the public awareness about the status and management of Chinook salmon stocks in the Taku and Chilkat Rivers in Northern Southeast Alaska.
Presenting information was Larry Edfelt for Territorial Sportsmen; Phil Richards, SE Chinook Salmon Stock Assessment Supervisor, ADF&G; Jim Murphy, Research Biologist, NMFS Salmon Ocean Ecology Program; Brock Meredith, DIPAC Operations Manager; Dan Teske, Sport Fish Area Management Biologist and Dave Harris, Commercial Fisheries Area Management Biologist.
2017_TSI presentation_management Dan Teske Sport Fish and with Dave Harris Commercial Fish presentation
Murphy TSI King Salmon 2017
Richards Taku and Chilkat Chinook Stock Assessment TSI
2017 Juneau Area Chinook Enhancement_DIPAC
Sitka . . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the following information concerning the 2017 spring troll fishery:
The spring troll fishery in Southeast Alaska (SEAK) is designed to target Alaska hatchery-produced Chinook salmon. However, with similar migration corridors and return timing, wild stock SEAK originating Chinook are also harvested. The overall 2016 run to the 11 systems monitored for SEAK wild Chinook salmon is one of the lowest on record in 42 years of documented Chinook escapements. With arguably the poorest overall run on record in 2016, recurrent failures to meet lower bounds of escapement goal ranges in several systems, and with the 2017 pre-season forecasts below the lower bound of escapement goal ranges for the Situk, Alsek, Chilkat, Taku, Stikine, and Unuk Rivers, time and area restrictions in specified fisheries will be implemented during the spring troll season to help reduce encounters of these Chinook stocks. These conservation restrictions will be implemented in, but are not limited to, select Chinook and chum fisheries within the Icy Strait/Cross Sound, Chatham Strait, Upper Sumner/Stikine/Zimovia Strait, and Lower Clarence Strait corridors. Restrictions will include one, or a combination, of the following 1) delayed initial opening date, 2) reduced opening length, 3) boundary area reductions. The affected spring areas and restriction types are as follows: Icy Strait/Cross Sound, Chatham Strait, Sumner/Stikine/Zimovia Strait, Lower Clarence Strait.
In addition to these restrictions, the Clarence Strait, Point Alava, West Behm Canal, and Baht Harbor fisheries will remain closed for the duration of spring.
Further details on these restrictions will be presented during the annual spring troll public meetings. A schedule of these meetings will be announced in a troll news release in late March.
WE just received the following information that the Halibut/Sablefish regulations were approved today and will be published in the Federal Register within the next week. Publishing the final rule to set the halibut quota is always a bit tricky because it has to go through both the State and Commerce departments.
The 2017 permits are in the mail.
Sablefish pots will be effective on March 11 at the start of the season. Here is the notice with the revised effective date.
ALFA is conducting the following survey. SEASWAP SURVEY for Chatham permit holders 2.19.17
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