Restructured Observer Program NPFMC Motion

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Following is the official NPFMC Motion

The short story is that for all halibut, sablefish and federal groundfish you will be assessed a 1.25% fee based on ex-vessel value.

Observers Council motion final 10-8-10

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Comments being accepted on Genetically Modified Fish

The FDA is accepting comments mostly on how genetically modified fish should be labeled if approved.  Comments are due by November 22nd, 2010.  http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#documentDetail?R=0900006480b3b456 This is the link to the federal register notice about the labeling.  It will also contain the information on where to send comments.

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Salmon Task Force Meetings

The SEINE task force meeting will be held in Petersburg on November 30, 2010

The GILLNET task force meeting will be the following day in Wrangell on December 1, 2010

Arrangements are being made for transportation between Petersburg and Wrangell.

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Senate Committee on Energy & Resources Issues Press Release on Revised SEALASKA Lands Bill

The press release issued today, July 1st by the Senate Energy & Resource Committee outlines some of the proposed changes to the Sealaska Lands Bill.  Please view the press release on the Senate committee site for details.

Link to press release

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Personal Use Red & Blue King Crab Permits in Area 11-A

Over 500 personal use red and blue king crab permits were issued for Area 11-A (Juneau/Backside of Douglas) before the start of the season.

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ADFG Announces Personal Use Red & Blue King Crab Fishery

ADFG announced the personal use Red & Blue king crab fishery for 2010 in three news releases.  The season will open for the majority of Southeast Alaska on July 1st except 5 areas will be closed and District 11-A in Juneau will have a modified season.  The five areas that will be closed are:  1.) Endicott & Tracey Arm; 2.) Pybus Bay; 3.) Port Fredrick; 4.) Seymour Canal; and 5.) Excursion Inlet.

The District 11-A (Backside of Douglas/Juneau) saw a slightly improved stock status in the 2010 survey so a modified season will open from 12:01 am July 1st to 9:00 pm July 5th with the following restrictions: 1.) summer seasonal limit of 2 crab per household; 2.) daily bag and possession limit of 2 crab per permit; 3.) Only 1 pot per permit/vessel; and 4.) harvest ticket/record must be returned by August 1st.

Please read ADFG news releases for all the details and area descriptions.

ADFG News Releases

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Summer Troll Opening Targeting 78,180 Chinook

The summer troll fishery first king opening July 1st will target 78,180 Chinook.  The fishery will be managed in-season but the expectation is that the fishery will last 6-10 days.  For all the details, see the ADFG News Release.

Summer Troll Fishery News Release

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State of Alaska Dept of Health issues a warning against eating crab viscera

The State of Alaska issued a health alert about PSP possibly being present in dungeness crab VISCERA (not the meat) after the death of Haines gillnetter Mike Saunders from symptoms of PSP poisoning.  Links to the Health Alert and news articles.

State of Alaska DEC Alert

6/22/10 Juneau Empire Story (short)

Juneau Empire Story

MSNBC News Article

Follow up Juneau Empire Article – DEC finds low levels of PSP

Mike Saunders was a longtime Haines gillnetter,  a gillnet representative on the NSRAA Board and President of Lynn Canal Gillnetters Association.  Our condolences to Mike’s family.

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Cotten and Fields appointed to NPFMC

The Secretary of Commerce announced appointments to the regional fishery advisory councils.  The Governor of Alaska had nominated four names for consideration with Duncan Fields of Kodiak and James Hubbard of Seward as the preferred candidates and Sam Cotton and Matt Moir as alternates and the Secretary of Commerce reappointed Sam Cotton and Duncan Fields for three year terms. 

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Taku Watershed Land Use Planning

The following are the draft Atlin-Taku Watershed Planning documents and maps out for review.

Proposal Cover Letter

Draft Atlin Taku Land Use Plan

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