ADFG Acting Commissioner Appointed

Cora Campbell was appointed as Acting Commissioner of Fish and Game starting December 1st.

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Regional Planning Team to Meet December 8, 2010

The Joint Regional Planning Team (RPT) will be meeting in Ketchikan on Dec. 8, 2010 at 9:30 am at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. On the agenda are:
Permit alteration request (PAR) for SSRAA to add McLean Arm release
Sheldon Jackson PAR update on chum salmon fry monitoring as a condition of the increased release at Deep Inlet
Sitka Sound Science Center Hatchery PAR for Sheldon Jackson permits
Application for builing a hatchery at Baranof Warm Springs by the Sustainable Salmon Institute
ADFG Presentation on chum salmon escapement goals and a summary of straying results in SE AK
SSRAA discussion on moving release of 300K coho from Neets Bay to Nakat Bay
Allocation Proposals to balance SE Enhance Allocation Plan

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Greens Creek Mine Looking to Expand

The Tongass National Forest is initiating a NEPA analysis to consider proposed changes to the tailings and waste disposal facilities at the Greens Creek Mine.
Based on comments received during the scoping period, a
draft EIS will be prepared and submitted to the EPA in the summer of 2011 with a 45 day public comment period. The final EIS and record of Decision are expected to be published in the spring of 2012.
Enclosed is a link to the scoping letter and document with details about the planned expansion. Comment deadline has been extended to Nov. 19th

http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2010/10/05/2010-24907/admiralty-national-monument-tongass-national-forest-alaska-expansion-of-tailings-disposal-facility

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West Behm Canal Herring Quota Announced for 2011 Set Gillnet Fishery

ADFG announced Nov 5th that the preseason harvest forecast for West Behm Canal in 2011 of 8.61 tons. In accordance with the 1-E 7 1-F sac roe herring management plans [5 AAC 27.197] which allows for alternating years of set gillnet and purse seine fisheries has the 2011 fishing year will be opened for set gillnet fishery. (Remember in 2004 based on in-season observations the fishery did not open). Mesh size for the West Behm Canal fishery is 2-1/4″ and 50 fms long except 2 permit holders onboard under 5AAC 27.131 may fish a 75 fm long net.There will be closed areas near Ketchikan including Naha Bay, Clover Pass, and Tongass narrows creating a sanctuary for a significant portion of the spawning herring stock.

For additional information view the news release

http://documents.cf1.adfg.state.ak.us/AdfgDocument.po?DOCUMENT=22774

and check out the regulations developed at the 2003 Board of Fish meeting for the West Behm Canal area.

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EPA Denies Lead Fishing Gear Petition

The EPA  Thursday (11/4/10) DENIED the petition to ban the manufacture, use and processing of lead in fishing gear. EPA said the petition did not demonstrate that the ban on lead in fishing tackle was necessary to protect against unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment as required under the Toxic Substance Control Act.

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Salmon Task Force Meeting Agendas

The Seine task force meeting is scheduled for Petersburg, November 30th in the City Council Chambers starting at 8:00 am

The Gillnet Task Force Meeting Is December 1st, 2010 in Wrangell at 9:30 am at the Wrangell Fire Hall.

Gillnet Agenda 2010

Seine Task Force Agenda 2010

Both agendas are still draft at this time.  Additional items can be added at the start of the meeting.

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Chinook Mitigation Fund Regulations out for Comment

You can view the proposed draft regulations at http://commerce.alaska.gov/dca/ under the heading EXTRA EXTRA. Comments are being accepted through November 12th. The proposed regulations were developed for the purpose of chinook salmon mitigation direct distributions to help mitigate economic impacts to commercial salmon troll fishermen from the reduction in the Southeast Alaska chinook salmon harvest under the revised Pacific Salmon Treaty

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Young Introduces Legislation Aimed at Increasing Sea Otter Harvests

Alaska Congressman Don Young introduced legislation that will amend Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow the sale of the intact pelt of an otter from Southeast or Southcentral Alaska stock of northern sea otters that have been harvested for subsistence purposes.

“This is another step in the direction of economic independence. Returning Alaska’s Native people the right to make further use of subsistence catches will only enhance the over all benefit a family receives from subsistence activities,” Young said.

Currently, Native subsistence users may only sell sea otter pelts for purposes of authentic native articles of handicrafts and clothing

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Legislation Filed to Prevent Ban on Fishing Tackle and Ammunition

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark) Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committe on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry introduced legislation to protect the use of lead in the manufacturing of ammunition and fishing tackle.  Lincoln’s bill would exempt lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle from being banned under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Substance Control Act.

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Southeast Gillnet Season Closed for 2010

ADFG has officially closed the Southeast Gillnet fishery on October 14, 2010. The harvest statistics for last week are confidential.

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