Enhanced Salmon Allocation Workshop April 6, 2010

New Documents have been posted under the SE Enhanced Allocation link to the right for the upcoming allocation workshop on April 6th in Sitka.

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SSEI Blackcod Quota Announcement

Juneau…The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the Southern Southeast Inside (SSEI) sablefish annual harvest objective will be 634,000 round pounds for the 2010 season. This harvest objective is the same as that of the 2009 season. The 2009 SSEI sablefish longline survey’s catch per unit effort (CPUE) indicated a continued declining trend which was mirrored in the longline fishery CPUE. The department will continue to monitor the biological characteristics of the catch in both the fishery and survey for signs of recruitment. If the decline seen over the last 4 years continues into the future it may be necessary to reduce the harvest objective.

The 2010 equal quota share (EQS) for each of the 27 permit holders will be 23,400 round pounds. The 3% increase in the EQS this year is due to a decrease of one permit for this fishery. SSEI permit holders should have received a certified letter detailing legal overages or underages incurred during the 2009 fishery. Each permit holder’s 2010 EQS will be adjusted accordingly and a personal quota share (PQS) will be assigned. The SSEI sablefish longline fishery will open 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 1 and close at 12:00 noon, Sunday, August 15, 2010. The SSEI sablefish pot gear fishery will open at 8:00 am, Wednesday, September 1 and close at 12:00 noon, Monday, November 15, 2010.

Full ADFG Announcement is at: http://documents.cf1.adfg.state.ak.us/AdfgDocument.po?DOCUMENT=21993 

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Spring Troll Port Meeting Schedule

Petersburg . . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the following schedule for the
commercial troll public meetings to be held in towns around Southeast Alaska and Yakutat:

Town            Date                           Location                                 Time
Ketchikan  Monday,    April 12   Fish and Game Conference Room    7:00 p.m.
Craig        Tuesday,   April 13   Craig City Hall                              11:00 a.m.
Sitka      Wednesday, April 14   NSRAA Conference Room               6:30 p.m.
Pelican      Thursday,  April 15   Pelican City Hall                            10:00 a.m.
Hoonah    Thursday,  April 15   U.S. Forest Service Office                1:00 p.m.
Juneau     Thursday,  April 15   ADF&G Headquarters Conference Room 6:00 p.m.
Yakutat       Friday,    April 16   Yakutat Salmon Board Office           2:00 p.m.
Petersburg Monday,   April 19   Petersburg City Council Chambers  10:00 a.m.
Wrangell   Monday,    April 19    Wrangell Fire Hall                           7:00 p.m.

Meeting topics will include, but are not limited to, plans for the 2010 spring and summer troll fisheries, a review of the 2009 troll season and the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Department staff as well as the executive director of the Alaska Trollers Association will present information at these meetings. Anyone with an interest in the troll fishery is welcome to attend.

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Board of Fish Appointments

April 1, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell yesterday reappointed Claude “Vince” Webster of King Salmon and appointed Thomas G. Kluberton of Talkeetna to the state Board of Fisheries. 

 

The seven-member Board of Fisheries is responsible for conservation and development of the state’s fishery resources by setting seasons, bag limits, methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries. The board sets fishery management policy, and makes the allocation decisions which the Department of Fish and Game must carry out through its management of fishery resources. Appointees are subject to legislative confirmation. 

Webster is finishing his first term on the Board of Fisheries, and is the current board chair. He is a set gillnetter in the Kvichak district in Bristol Bay, and a drift gillnet fisherman in the Naknek district. Webster is also an engineering equipment operator for the National Park Service, and previously worked as facilities and maintenance director for the Lake & Peninsula Borough School District. 

 

Kluberton is the innkeeper at Fireweed Station Inn near Talkeetna. He served as a member of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly from 2006-09, and served on the borough mayor’s Blue Ribbon Sportsman’s Committee during that time. Kluberton was co-owner of K&K Service & Rental, and director of market research for Netsys Technologies Inc. He also worked as an information systems and management consultant for the State of Alaska. 

 

The remaining vacancy on the Board of Fisheries, created by the resignation of Janet Woods on March 26, 2010, will be filled within 30 days as required by statute. 

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All Gear Treaty Chinook Quota Announced

2010 Quota

All-gear Treaty Quota 221,800

Purse seine 9,537

Drift gillnet 6,432

Set gillnet 1,000

Troll 163,864

Sport 40,966

This is 3,000 fish higher than 2009 and is after the 15% reduction required with the new treaty agreement. 

The full ADFG news release can be viewed at: http://documents.cf1.adfg.state.ak.us/AdfgDocument.po?DOCUMENT=21975

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AMSEA Training Available in Juneau (Free)

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA), in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard and UAS will offer a fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Juneau beginning Thursday April 22 and continuing on Friday April 23. The course includes a pool session with immersion suits. The class will meet at the USCG Sector Juneau Training Room in the DMV/ Alaska Department of Public Safety building at 2760 Sherwood Drive.

This course meets the U.S Coast Guard training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available FREE to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

This course is recommended for captains and crew serving on any commercial vessel. It provides practical information on the survival equipment found on most commercial vessels and on conducting emergency onboard drills. Skills are learned in a hands-on format.  Please register in advance by contacting AMSEA in Sitka at 907-747-3287. More information and online registration is available at www.amsea.org

Press release submitted by:  Kristie Sherrodd, Marketing & Publications Manager (AMSEA)  manager@amsea.org

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Summary of Board of Fish Actions

The summary of Board of Fish actions at the Statewide meeting this month are now posted online.

http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetsum/2009-2010/statewide-finfish-2010.pdf

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Chitina Dipnet Fishery Remains A Personal Use Fishery

The Board of Fish first accepted the definition of “Subsistence way of Life” as it was defined in Proposal #200.  After that they deliberated as directed by the Court in reapplying the 8 subsistence criteria on Proposal #201.  After going through the criteria for determining a “Customary & Traditional finding” the board voted to retain the Chitina dipnet fishery as personal use. 

In other Board of Fish actions, the board opposed the implementation of statewide bag limits for sablefish, electric reels were made legal and provided a definition and weight limit of 15 pounds, Dungeness crab in District 2 was closed for the summer season and is now a winter fishery again. 

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Coast Guard host Marine Industry Day in Juneau Thursday 3/18/10

JUNEAU, Alaska — Personnel at Coast Guard Sector Juneau are hosting a Marine Industry Day Thursday at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to discuss with industry partners about vessel inspection requirements, commercial fishing vessel examinations, uninspected passenger vessel examinations and other maritime topics.  

Industry Day is designed to provide a forum for members of the marine industry to interact and discuss various issues with personnel from the Coast Guard.  The event is open to the general public but is geared especially to commercial vessel operators and waterfront facility representatives. 

“I encourage all our industry partners, especially smaller operators, to attend this event,” said Lt. Cmdr. Vivianne Louie, chief of Prevention at Sector Juneau.  “We really look forward to this event because it will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to establish stronger relationships with our maritime partners through face to face interaction”. 

Morning presentations will include an overview of Sector Juneau organization and functions, as well as an introduction to program managers and subject matter experts.  An open session in the afternoon will give industry members the opportunity to engage in informal discussions on topics mentioned above as well as  variety of topics including marine casualty reporting, Maritime Transportation Security Act regulations and pollution response procedures. 

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Governor Nominates Duncan Fields & James Hubbard for NPFMC

     March 15, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell forwarded his nominations of Duncan Fields of Kodiak and James Hubbard of Seward for consideration by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The governor also forwarded Sam Cotten of Eagle River and Matt Moir of Kodiak as alternate nominees.
     “I have confidence that these nominees will serve with the best interest of Alaska’s resources, coastal communities and Alaskans at heart,” said Governor Parnell. “Continuing our tradition of sound fisheries management is essential to protecting Alaska jobs and families who rely on these resources.” 
     The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils established by the 1976 Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, later renamed the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, to oversee management of the nation’s marine fisheries. The council has jurisdiction over 900,000 square miles of ocean from three to 200 miles off Alaska’s shores, and the primary responsibility for managing pollock, cod, halibut, sole and other groundfish.
     Duncan Fields, of Kodiak, is completing his first term on the NPFMC. He has been an active fisherman since 1960 and also serves as a technical advisor for the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition (GOAC3), the vice president of natural resource and community development for Old Harbor Native Corporation, and a natural resource consultant for Shoreside Consulting. He served on NPFMC Advisory Panel from 2001–2007, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Fishermen of Alaska. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a comprehensive social science major from Cedarville College, and a juris doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law.
     James Hubbard, of Seward, has been a fisherman since the 1970s and participates in the halibut, sablefish, Pacific cod, and other groundfish fisheries throughout the entire Gulf of Alaska. With his wife, Rhonda, he is a co-owner of J&R Fisheries, which markets the seafood products caught and processed aboard his freezer-longliner, the F/V Kruzof. He currently serves on the Research Advisory Board to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Hubbard is also a member of the United Fishermen of Alaska and several other commercial fishing organizations.
     Sam Cotten, of Eagle River, is completing his first term on the NPFMC. He is a resource analyst for the Aleutians East Borough and has significant experience in Alaska as a sport fisherman and commercial fisherman. Cotten is a former director of the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank, and a former member of the Alaska State Legislature.
     Matthew Moir, of Kodiak, is the general manager of Alaska Pacific Seafoods, where he has worked since 1987. He is a current member of the NPFMC Advisory Panel. Moir is also a member of the Alaska Fishery Development Foundation, the Kodiak Fishery Advisory Committee, the Kodiak Island Borough Fisheries and Oceanic Research Board, and is an advisor to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. He earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in food technology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
     The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires governors of specific coastal states to provide nominations for each vacancy, from which the Secretary of Commerce makes a final appointment.

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