The Rainforest Wild Regional Seafood Development Association (RSDA) vote by the Southeast Alaska gillnet fleet failed with 212 votes submitted, 132 (62%) voting no andÂ 80 votes voting yes (38%).Â The Gillnet fleet had previously voted no several years ago.
Gov Palin on July 3rd announced her resignation as Governor of the State of Alaska on July 26thÂ as we celebrate the country’s birthday on July 4th and the State of Alaska’s 50th year of statehood. Lt Gov Sean Parnell will be sworn into office as Governor on July 26th.Â Her press release announcing her resignation is attached below.Â
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No. 09-167
GOVERNOR PALIN ANNOUNCES NO SECOND TERM
NO LAME DUCK SESSION EITHER
July 3, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska â€“ Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she will not seek a second term as Governor of the State of Alaska and will relegate the power of governor to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell in order to serve Alaskaâ€™s best interests.Â Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will move into Parnellâ€™s current role.
â€œPeople who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska,â€ said Governor Palin.Â â€œServing her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.â€
Standing outside her home in Wasilla, Alaska, Governor Palin reflected upon some of the administrationâ€™s accomplishments for Alaska as she approaches her final year in office.
â€œI am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path,â€ said Governor Palin after the announcement.Â â€œOnce I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional â€˜Lame Duckâ€™ status in this particular climate would just be another dose of â€˜politics as usual,â€™ something I campaigned against and will always oppose.Â It is my duty to always protect our great state.Â With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.Â I look forward to helping others â€“ to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops, and energy independence.â€
The transfer of power will occur following the Governorâ€™s picnic in Fairbanks on July 26.Â At that point in time, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in and Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will assume his role as Lieutenant Governor.
Governor Palin will spend July 4th in Juneau.
Board Support has posted all the Board of Fish proposals for the winter of 2009/2010.
The proposalsÂ can be viewed at: http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/fprop.phpÂ – Statewide proposals have proposals and issuesÂ that will affect Southeast Alaska for the March 2010 meeting.
The Board of Fish CalendarÂ (which isÂ still subject to change) is posted at: http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/fcal.php
ADFG sent out a news release today stating that the harvest from the first two weeks of the season has the fishery estimated to be over the 2.5 million pound threshold so there will be no changes to season length.
ADFG has announced that District 11A will be closed to commercial and personal use red & blueÂ king crab fishing in 2009.Â The personal use season generally opens on July 1st.Â The closure announcement is the result of their annual stock assessment survey for the Juneau area which was completed on June 10th.Â When they ran the numbers they came up with a health designation of “poor” and the resulting harvest rate of “zero.” The assessment revealed adult males at or near the long term average, but that young males and all females are at or near their lowest levels on record.Â
ADFG has also announced that the red and blue king personal use king crab fishery will not open on July 1st in the rest of Southeast Alaska region BUT MAY OPEN LATER.Â The Board of Fish did pass a proposal to allow ADFG to set the bag limit between zero and 6 crab where previously their only choice was zero or six.Â Unfortunately the regulations have not worked their way through the system and are not effective yet.Â ADFG may open the personal use season later in the year when the regulation is in effect and the remainder of the king crab surveys are conducted and analyzed.Â
Judge Rosemary Collyer issued her opinion on the preliminary injunction yesterday, granted intevenor status toÂ (1) commercial fishermen Linda Behnken, Annah Taft Perry, Ryan Nichols, Josh Moore, David Gibson, Sherri and Kurt Wohlhueter, and Christopher Knight; (2) halibut processors Seafood Producers Cooperative, Halibut Association of North America, and North Pacific Seafoods, Inc.; (3) subsistence fisherman Carolyn Heuer; (4) commercial and subsistence fishermen of the Hoonah Indian Association; and (5) the local communities City of Pelican and City of Port Alexander on behalf of the Halibut Coalition, and the Metlakatla Indian Community along with a schedule of the dates court filings would be due.Â The court briefing schedule isÂ as follows: Â Federal Defendants shall fÂ¡le an Answer and the administrative record by July 6, 2009; Plaintiffs shall file a motion for summary judgment by July 17, 2009; Federal and lntervenor Defendants shall file cross motions for summary judgment combined with oppositions to Plaintiffs’ motion by July 28, 2009; Plaintiffs shall file a combined opposition and reply brief by August 10, 2009; Federal and lntervenor Defendants may file a reply no later than August 17, 2009.Â Judge Collyer denied the preliminary injunction to halt implementation of the one halibut daily bag limit per charterÂ client in SE AK (Area 2C) on June 4th, the day before the rule went into effect.Â Â Preliminary Injunction Opinion
The Chatham Black cod quota was announced for the 2009 season at 1,071,000 pounds.Â this is a 29% drop from the 2008 allowable harvest.Â There are currently 88 permits so eachÂ equal share will beÂ 12,170 round lbs.Â The full news release canÂ be accessed at the following link.
News Release:Â nr-062209-nsei-sablefish-fishery-2.pdf
ADFG released a press release last week reducing the demersal shelf rockfish bycatch levels back to 10%.Â For more information contact ADFG or read the full press release http://documents.cf1.adfg.state.ak.us/AdfgDocument.po?DOCUMENT=21105
US Supreme Court Ruled today (June 22) to uphold the Kensington Mine permit for mine tailings using Slate Creek.
Coeur issued the following press release announcing the good news. supreme-court-decision-release-final-6-22-09.pdf
The ninth circuit Court of Appeals ruled today (June 15, 2009) that Exxon must pay 5.9% interest back to the 1996 decision and not as Exxon was asking for from 2008 when the Supreme Court decided the amount of punitive damages.