Wrangell Seafoods Deal Back On Table

Trident Seafoods has once again put together a deal for the purchase of Wrangell Seafoods that will be taken back before the bankruptcy court for approval.   

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Tim Grussendorf Appointed to the Senate Seat Vacated by Kim Elton


March 29, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today named Tim Grussendorf as her designee to replace Kim Elton as the state senator from District B, representing the City and Borough of Juneau. 
Grussendorf has worked as a commercial fisherman and serves as chief of staff to Alaska State Senator Lyman Hoffman.  He is currently president of the Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance and a board member of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.  Grussendorf is active in the Juneau community, volunteering his time to coach soccer and basketball teams.  He is the assistant basketball coach at Floyd Dryden Middle School. 

Grussendorf’s father, Ben Grussendorf, was a representative from Sitka and served as Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives. “Tim’s solid credentials and thorough understanding of the issues facing our state will serve his constituents well,” Governor Palin said.  “I am confident he will be able to hit the ground running.”

Grussendorf is married with two teenaged sons who are involved in Juneau sports teams.  He must be confirmed by a simple majority of Senate Democrats.

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Sitka Herring Fishery

The first opening of the Sitka sac roe herring fishery was on Sunday (3/22) for 15 minutes with approximately 2700 tons of herrring caught.  The second opening was Tuesday  afternoon (3/24) for another 15 minutes.  (Poundage unknown at this time)

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Taku King Fishery Announced

ADFG announced today 3/17/09 that there will be a directed Taku king fishery with an allowable catch of 8,260 kings.

News Release: http://documents.cf1.adfg.state.ak.us/AdfgDocument.po?DOCUMENT=20682

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Sitka Sound Sac Roe Fishery Put on Notice

The Sitka Sac Roe Fishery is on 2 hour notice starting 8:00 am Sunday March 22.  There is a pre-season fishermen’s meeting on Saturday afternoon.

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ADFG Looking for 3 Gillnet Vessels for District 8 Test Fishery

ADFG is soliciting bids for three drift gillnet vessels to conduct test fishing in Section 8-B from Stat week 19 (May 3 – 9) through Stat week 25 (June 14-20)  Test fishing will start on Wednesdays at 8:00 am for 24 hours.  The fishing areas are Woodpecker Cove; Baht Harbor/Criag Point; and Northwest Woronkofski.  Purpose of the test fishery is to develop an additional inseason indicator of Stikine River king salmon run strength.  Nets must be standardized.  For additional information check out the full news release at http://documents.cf1.adfg.state.ak.us/AdfgDocument.po?DOCUMENT=20678 or call ADFG – Troy Thynes at 772-3801

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2009 Statewide Salmon Harvest Projection by ADFG

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces that the statewide commercial salmon harvest in 2009 is projected to total 174.8 million salmon of all species.  This is an increase compared to 2008, with nearly all of this increase expected to come from improved pink salmon catches. Overall, pink and chum salmon harvests are expected to be higher than in 2008, while the Chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon harvests are expected to be similar to the actual harvests taken in 2008. This forecast would represent the 11th largest harvest since 1960, if achieved.  

The forecasted harvests for individual species in 2009 are 249,000 Chinook salmon, 38.1 million sockeye salmon, 4.6 million coho salmon, 113.1 million pink salmon, and 18.5 million chum salmon.  The 2009 sockeye salmon harvest of 38.1 million salmon would be among the top twenty sockeye salmon harvests since 1960; and the 2009 chum salmon harvest of 18.5 million fish would be the sixth largest chum salmon harvest since 1960.  The 2009 coho salmon harvest of 4.6 million salmon is similar to the most recent ten-year average of 4.5 million coho salmon. 

The estimated 2009 Chinook salmon harvest of 249,000 fish does not include an estimate for Southeast Alaska.  The allowable catch of Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaska is determined by the Pacific Salmon Commission and the Commission has not published the quota for 2009.  Release of the 2009 Chinook quota for Southeast Alaska is expected in late March or early April. 

These forecasts are based on quantitative projections of next year’s salmon run using information on previous spawning levels, smolt outmigrations, returns of sibling age classes, and recent survival rates observed for hatchery releases. 

Look for inseason harvest information, postseason statistics, and other information about salmon in Alaska on the World Wide Web at http:///www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/. 

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IFQ Sablefish Fishery Reminder – Fish Outside 3 miles of the Outer Coast

Sitka. . . .The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds participants in the IFQ sablefish fishery that IFQ harvest of sablefish is prohibited in all state waters of the Southeast District including state waters (0- 3 miles) along the outer coast. This includes waters off Cape Ommaney, Cape Decision, and Coronation Island.

For additional information on federal IFQ fisheries for sablefish and halibut contact National Marine Fisheries Service at 747-6940 (Sitka), 586-7225 (Juneau), 772-2285 (Petersburg), or 247-5804 (Ketchikan). Additional information on Southeast Regional Groundfish Fisheries can

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Governor Names Nominees for NPFMC

March 10, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today forwarded her nominations of Robert “Ed” Dersham and Dan Hull to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for appointment to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.  Dersham currently serves on the council and is being nominated for a second term.  Hull has been an active public participant at council meetings and has served on council committees. 

“We appreciate the willingness of these two experienced Alaskans to serve on the council,” Governor Palin said.  “With their understanding of Alaska’s fisheries and fisheries management processes, Ed and Dan will bring an important perspective to the table as the council wrestles with complex and controversial issues.”  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 has primary responsibility for managing pollock, cod, halibut, sole and other groundfish. 

The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires governors of specific coastal states to provide a preferred candidate for each vacancy as well as two alternate nominees.  In addition to Dersham and Hull, Governor Palin named Mike Heimbuch and Gale Vick as alternate nominees.  Dersham, of Anchor Point, is a 23-year charter boat operator in Lower Cook Inlet who has served on the Alaska Board of Fisheries for more than eight years, including three years as chair and two years as vice-chair.  He was involved in developing and chairing the joint protocol committee for coordination between the fisheries board and the North Pacific council.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oregon and is retired from a career as a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. 

Hull, of Anchorage, has been an active fisherman and vessel owner for more than 25 years, fishing for salmon and halibut out of Cordova.  He holds a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.  Hull is currently a board member of Cordova District Fishermen United and is a member of the Alaska Sea Grant Advisory Committee.   Heimbuch, of Homer, is a lifelong Alaskan and commercial fisherman who has fished for halibut, herring, cod, shrimp and salmon around the state since 1963.  He has served on a variety of civic and local government commissions, including his local fish and game advisory committee, the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Association, and the Homer City Council.  Heimbuch is a political columnist for the Homer Tribune.  He majored in music and education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Vick, of Anchorage, is the executive director of the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition, a non-profit organization that represents the fisheries interests of Gulf of Alaska communities.  She is a Prince William Sound drift crewmember and serves on the steering committee for the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology (AKCRRAB) Program.  Vick serves on the board for the Prince William Sound Science Center and is chair of the North Pacific Research Board Advisory Panel. 

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Canada Sets One Halibut Daily Recreational Limit

As of March 1st Canada Dept of Fish and Oceans (DFO) implemented a coast wide opening of the recreational halibut fishery with a daily limit at the start of the season is one (1) per day with a total possession limit of two (2). 

In a letter from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans addressed to the Sport Fishing Advisory Board it stated,  ”For 2009, Canada has agreed to a Canadian TAC of 7,630,000 pounds.  This results from a 10.4% reduction in the coast-wide Canada-US catch this year.  While it will be challenging, the Department (DFO) will plan Canadian Fisheries to meet this obligation.  As well, the existing domestic allocation framework will remain with an 88:12 sharing arrangement and provisions for agreed adjustments.”

The official notice did not include a closing date, but the season can be shortened and will close prematurely if the 12% catch ceiling is exceeded and no or insufficient compensated transfer occurs to offset for fishing over the 12% of the halibut TAC by the recreational sector according to the local sport fishing advisory board chair from Victoria.

DFO Announcement http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/xnet/content/fns/index.cfm?pg=view_notice&lang=en&DOC_ID=115430&ID=recreational 

Letter from Minister of Fisheries & Oceans http://forum.flybc.ca/lofiversion/index.php/t14537.html

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