The Alaska Congressional Delegation and State of Alaska submitted a joint letter to Sec of State Rex Tillerson with the request that B.C. mining projects and potential impacts to Alaska be included on the agenda for the upcoming bilateral meetings between the U.S. Dept of State and Global Affairs Canada as a first important step towards federal level communication on this issue at the federal level. The letter which is posted below then outlines 5 specific issues to consider.
Here are the documents that will be used during the KTTF meeting
The Territorial Sportsmen sponsored a symposium on the Taku and Chilkat River Chinook Salmon: Status, Research and Management. The intent of this event was focused on increasing the public awareness about the status and management of Chinook salmon stocks in the Taku and Chilkat Rivers in Northern Southeast Alaska.
Presenting information was Larry Edfelt for Territorial Sportsmen; Phil Richards, SE Chinook Salmon Stock Assessment Supervisor, ADF&G; Jim Murphy, Research Biologist, NMFS Salmon Ocean Ecology Program; Brock Meredith, DIPAC Operations Manager; Dan Teske, Sport Fish Area Management Biologist and Dave Harris, Commercial Fisheries Area Management Biologist.
2017_TSI presentation_management Dan Teske Sport Fish and with Dave Harris Commercial Fish presentation
Sitka . . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the following information concerning the 2017 spring troll fishery:
The spring troll fishery in Southeast Alaska (SEAK) is designed to target Alaska hatchery-produced Chinook salmon. However, with similar migration corridors and return timing, wild stock SEAK originating Chinook are also harvested. The overall 2016 run to the 11 systems monitored for SEAK wild Chinook salmon is one of the lowest on record in 42 years of documented Chinook escapements. With arguably the poorest overall run on record in 2016, recurrent failures to meet lower bounds of escapement goal ranges in several systems, and with the 2017 pre-season forecasts below the lower bound of escapement goal ranges for the Situk, Alsek, Chilkat, Taku, Stikine, and Unuk Rivers, time and area restrictions in specified fisheries will be implemented during the spring troll season to help reduce encounters of these Chinook stocks. These conservation restrictions will be implemented in, but are not limited to, select Chinook and chum fisheries within the Icy Strait/Cross Sound, Chatham Strait, Upper Sumner/Stikine/Zimovia Strait, and Lower Clarence Strait corridors. Restrictions will include one, or a combination, of the following 1) delayed initial opening date, 2) reduced opening length, 3) boundary area reductions. The affected spring areas and restriction types are as follows: Icy Strait/Cross Sound, Chatham Strait, Sumner/Stikine/Zimovia Strait, Lower Clarence Strait.
In addition to these restrictions, the Clarence Strait, Point Alava, West Behm Canal, and Baht Harbor fisheries will remain closed for the duration of spring.
Further details on these restrictions will be presented during the annual spring troll public meetings. A schedule of these meetings will be announced in a troll news release in late March.
WE just received the following information that the Halibut/Sablefish regulations were approved today and will be published in the Federal Register within the next week. Publishing the final rule to set the halibut quota is always a bit tricky because it has to go through both the State and Commerce departments.
The 2017 permits are in the mail.
Sablefish pots will be effective on March 11 at the start of the season. Here is the notice with the revised effective date.
ALFA is conducting the following survey. SEASWAP SURVEY for Chatham permit holders 2.19.17
Send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas…The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) will meet with Southeast Alaska sablefish stakeholders and interested members of the public on Friday, March 3, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., to discuss the status of NSEI sablefish stocks at the following locations:
Sitka–University of Alaska Southeast, Room 229, 1332 Seward Ave, Sitka, AK, 99835
Petersburg–Tides Inn Conference Room, 307 1st Street, Petersburg, AK 99833
Douglas–ADF&G Southeast Regional Office, 802 3rd Street, Douglas, AK 99824.
In addition to an overview of the NSEI state fishery, there will also be presentations on the Gulf of Alaska federal sablefish stock by federal stock assessment scientists and on whale depredation research by the Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project (SEASWAP) scientists. Individuals unable to attend in person can call-in from any location and if they have a computer, smartphone, and/or tablet can attend the web conference with instructions detailed at the end of this news release.
The following agenda items will be presented at the meeting:
NSEI fishery and survey catch per unit effort (CPUE)
NSEI age structured assessment model and outlook for 2017
NSEI sablefish quota decrements
NSEI future survey and fieldwork
Gulf of Alaska federal sablefish fishery stock status
SEASWAP whale tagging and depredation/other collaborative research.
For further information please contact Andrew Olson (907) 465-4259, email@example.com
For information on setting up a webex connection see NEWS RELEASE
Here are some links to information being presented to the legislature during finance subcommittee meetings
USCG VESSEL CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING
Have your voice heard regarding recent changes to classification standards for commercial fishing vessels.
Specifically, these changes began in 2010 and 2012 when U.S. law expanded, requiring that catcher vessels and fish tender vessels built after July 1, 2013 and over 50 feet in length to be built and maintained to classification standards, a requirement that previously only applied to fish processing vehicles. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 further amended these requirements so that new catcher and fish tender vessels between 50 and 79 feet in length do not necessarily need to be classed. However, ships of this size must still be designed and constructed to standards equivalent to classing with the oversight of naval architects and marine surveyors.
In light of these changes, congress has asked us, at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), to conduct a review analyzing the impact of these legislation changes on the commercial fishing industry. Over the past few months, we have met with a number of people active in the industry from across the U.S., including trade organizations, vessel owner/ operators, ship builders, naval architects, as well as marine insurers, academics and safety experts. We have also held two other forums with trade organization representatives, owner/ operators, and shipbuilders in California and New Orleans, LA.
As such, with this email we would like to invite vessel owner/ operators and trade organization representatives working in the North Pacific commercial fishing industry to spread the word and attend our third and final forum to be held in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2 PM. The event will be held at GAO’s Seattle field office, which is located at 701 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington. Additional details about our ongoing review and the forum can be found in the attached document. Moreover, a questionnaire that we have asked vessel owner/ operators to complete is attached. Any information that you are willing to share in the completion of this questionnaire is much appreciated.
Please RSVP to Erin at StockdaleE@gao.gov or LeAnna at ParkeyL@gao.gov by no later than Friday, February 10, 2017, so we can ensure a smooth arrival process for all our attendees and start our meeting in a timely fashion. Completed questionnaires can also be emailed to either Erin or LeAnna.
Erin L. Stockdale, Sr. Analyst
Acquisition and Sourcing Management
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Dayton Field Office
2196 D Street, Area B, Building 39
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433
(614) 804- 7562