HAPPY NEW YEAR!

SEAFA hopes all our members have a “safe” and prosperous New Year

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NOAA Releases Draft Catch Sharing Policy

NOAA released the draft catch sharing policy and are accepting comments through April 10, 2010. 

View draft policy at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/domes_fish/catchshare/docs/draft_noaa_cs_policy.pdf

NOAA released today for public comment a draft national policy encouraging the use of catch shares, a fishery management tool that aims to end overfishing and rebuild and sustain fishing jobs and fishing communities.  In doing so, NOAA recognized that catch shares are not a panacea or one size-fits-all solution, but are a proven way to promote sustainable fishing when designed properly at the fishing community level.  “We have made great progress in rebuiling many fisheries, but more than 20 percent of  our fish stocks have not been rebuilt, and an even larger protion of our fisheries are not meeting their full economic potentional for the nation,” Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke said.  “Catch shares are a tool that can help us realize the full economic and biological benefits of rebuilt fisheries.” 

Catch share programs, which include Limited Access Privilege programs and individual fishing quotas, have been used in the U.S. since 1990 and are now used in 13 different commercial fisheries.  Four new programs will begin over the next year. 

“From Florida to Alaska, catch share program help fishing communities provide good jobs while rebuilding and sustaining healthy fisheries and ocean ecosystems,” said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.  “Although this is a national policy, our emphasis is on local consideration and design of catch shares that take into consideration commercial and recreational fishing interests.”

The full press release can be viewed here: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/docs/catchshare_policy_dec09.pdf

Additional information about the catch sharing policy can be viewed at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/domes_fish/catchshare/

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Sitka Sound Herring Quota Announcement

The Alaska Dept of Fish and Game announced the preliminary guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2010 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 18,866 tons.  This GHL is based on a 20% harvest rate of the forecast biomass of 94,332 tons of mature herring.   ADFG will release a final announcement of the 2010 GHL after further sampling in January.

Full news release can be viewed on the ADFG website at:

http://documents.cf1.adfg.state.ak.us/AdfgDocument.po?DOCUMENT=21683

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IPHC Staff Catch Recomendations for 2010

The IPHC announced staff catch limit recommendations for 2010.  They are:

2A – 760,000  (-20%)
2B – 6,590,000  (-14%)
2C- 3,710,000  (-26%)
3A – 19,990,000   (-8%)
3B – 9,900,000   (-9%)
4A – 2,330.000   (-9%)
4B – 2,160,000   (+16%)
4CDE – 3,250,000   (-6%)

For comparison the 2009 harvest limits were:
2A – 950,000
2B – 7,630,000
2C – 5,020,000
3A – 21,700,000
3B – 10,900,000
4A – 2,550,000
4B – 1,870,000
4CDE – 3,460,000

The total Coastwide  2010 catch limit is for 48,700,000 lbs  It was 54,080,000 in 2009 a -10% drop.
IPHC Presentations are now available on the web at: http://www.iphc.washington.edu/halcom/meetings/im2009/im2009.htm

IPHC Official New Release

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NOAA Releases Count of Stellar Sea Lion Pups

The number of Steller sea lion pups counted in 2009 in Southeast Alaska (7,462)—part of the threatened eastern stock– exceeded any previous counts going back to the 1960s. The new data indicate that pup production has increased at a rate of almost 4% per year at Southeast Alaska’s five major rookeries since the late 1970s.  The full news release can be seen at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/

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Gillnet Task Force Meeting Materials

The gillnet meeting will be starting at 10:00 in morning to accomodate individuals arriving on the morning flight not the 9:00 posted on the draft agenda previously.

Gillnet Task Force Agenda 2009

2009 District 1 – Tree Point Presentation

2009 District 6 & 8 – Wrangell & Petersburg Presentation PART 1

2009 District 6 & 8 – Wrangell & Petersburg Presentation PART 2

2009 District 6 & 8 – Wrangell & Petersburg PART 3

Taku & Stikine King Fishery Forecast News Release

2009 District 11 – Taku Presentation PART 1

2009 District 11 – Taku Presentation PART 2

2009 District 11 – Taku Presentation PART 3

2009 District 11 – Taku Presentation PART 4

2009 District 11 – Taku Presentation PART 5

2009 District 15 – Lynn Canal Presentation PART 1

2009 District 15 – Lynn Canal Presentation PART 2

2009 District 15 – Lynn Canal Presentation PART 3

2009 Salmon Escapement Summary

 

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Seafood Recipes

Check out our new seafood recipe page link on the right hand side column

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Economic Stimulus Funds to Renew Fish Passage

NOAA and partners will use federal economic stimulus funds to renew fish passage through the Klawock River Causeway.  The intention is to install an 18 foot wide by 7 foot high bottomless box culvert in the causeway next July.  The highway construction in 1964 which raised the causway is believed to be a factor in the decline of the Klawock River sockeye salmon runs.

The Alaska Dept of Transportation will be responsible for project engineering, contracting and construction and will own and maintain the culvert.  The Nature Conservancy will handle overall project finances, coordination and reporting and the Klawock Watershed Council wil monitor the projects’ effectiveness over time.

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ASMI and MSC Certification

At the ASMI Board meeting today, the ASMI Board deferred taking action on assumption as MSC client until their March Board Meeting.

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Current Issues in Marine Policy: Cruise Ship Impacts in the Marine Environment

Special Seminar

How close is too close?: Assessing the potential that short-term disturbance of seals by cruise ships spells long-term impacts

John Jansen
NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory

Thursday, December 3, 2009.
 3:40-5:00 pm 101

UAF Lena Point Fisheries Building in Juneau
By videoconference to 138 IRV II in Fairbanks
By video conference to NPS
Other UA other locations as demand warrants (contact fisheries@sfos.uaf.edu)

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