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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Restructured Observer Program NPFMC Motion

UPDATED

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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