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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Application to list the Kittlitz’s Murrelet under State of Alaska Endangered Species Act Filed

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition to list the Kittlitz Murrelet as endangered under the US endangered species act (ESA) inn 2001.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2004 determined that the seabirds warranted protection but weren’t actually listed due to their position on the priority list and due to funding constraints.  It’s possible due to changes in the priority list that a status review could begin within a year. 

A petition was just filed with the State of Alaska under their laws for a listing since the federal government has not yet taken action.  The petition states that the seabirds have declined by 80-90% in the last 20 years.  The petition states that the seabirds are being affected by global warming on it’s habitat.  Kittlitz Murrelet are closely associated with glaciers during summer breeding where they concentrate in areas near tidewater glaciers.  The petition also stated that the murrelets are threatened by oil spills and drowning each year in fishing nets.  They suggest that boat traffic, including cruise ships near glaciers disrupt the birds and that since most drowning occur at night, the State could implement closures to night fishing.

Information on Kittlitz’s Murrelet http://alaska.fws.gov/mbsp/mbm/seabirds/pdf/kimu.pdf

ADN News Article http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/ap_alaska/story/712222.html

2001 Federal ESA petition information http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/birds/Kittlitzs_murrelet/index.html

 

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Board of Fish Actions – Sport Fishery Committee

SPORT FISHERY COMMITTEE
   Proposal #286 – fails – redefine possession limits.  The board committed to developing a task force to address the definition of possession limits; preserved vs unpreserved product; possible changes to the daily and possession limit for individual species if changes to the possession limit definition is adopted by the task force; labeling of sport fish; transfer of possession and access to the sport fishermen’s catch at all times to enforcement and creel census samplers at all times until arriving at their residence or leaving the state. Proposal #137 – failed as amended – SEAFA’s proposal to establish a daily bag limit of two fish for all species unless otherwise specified.  Board immediately offered substitute language to address blackcod only.  The first amendment was for a sport fish bag limit of 6 blackcod daily; no possession limit and no annual limit.  A suggested amendment was for 2 fish daily 4 fish annual limit that never was seconded.  Another amendment was offered that changed the bag limit to 2 fish daily/ 4 fish in possession and 8 annual for non-residents. Amendment failed 3 / 4 .  Vote on the main motion of 6 daily/ no annual limit failed 3 / 4.  So at this point in the meeting there was still no bag limits on black cod. see proposal #298 for continuation of this blackcod bag limits.Proposal #288 – fails 1/5 – Establish a non-resident coho salmon annual limit of 12 fish and require non-transferable harvest record in possession when angling for coho salmon.

Proposal #289 – fails 2/5 – require nonresidents to record coho harvest on a non-transferable harvest record.

Proposal #293 – fails – Increase limits for harvest of dogfish and change reporting requirements.

Proposal #294 – fails – close regional aquaculture association terminal harvest areas to guided sport harvest of salmon not financed by the state.

Proposal #298 – passes as amended 6/1 – original proposal dealt with allowing the use of electric reels.  The proposal was amended to deal with the bag limit issue on blackcod.  The amendment was for sport fishery daily bag limit of 4 fish daily/ 8 in possession / 12 annual limit.   At the end of the meeting the Board reconsidered blackcod bag limits and changed the bag limit to 2 daily 4 in possession and 8 annual.   

Proposal #297 – tabled until the Statewide finfish meeting in March of 2010.  Possible language was submitted for consideration at the meeting that would allow electric reels that are meant for sport fishing. 

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Board of Fish Actions – Ground Fish Committee

GROUNDFISH COMMITTEE
Proposal #43 – no action as it doesn’t apply to groundfish fisheries in the Eastern Gulf of Alaska – delete portions of groundfish guiding principals
Proposal #331 – no action – Close guided sport and commercial bottom fisheries in Port Fredrick between Christ Point and Cannery Point. 

Proposal #332 – no action – close area around Naha Bay for all bottom fishing

Proposal #333 – fails 1/5 – Amend the regulation to raise the GHL for lingcod in central outside Southeast Alaska area

Proposal #334 – no action – increase the allocation of lingcod to sport fishery

Proposal #335 – no action – allocate lingcod equally between the sport fishery and the directed commercial dinglebar fishery.

Proposal #336 – passed with amended language – Lingcod bycatch rates will be adjusted on a sliding basis up to 20%

(a)    In the Southeast District, a vessel fishing for(1)   Deleted(2)   Sablefish may not land or have on board lingcod, expect as specified in (3) of this subsection;(3)   Halibut and sablefish at the same time may not land or have on board lingcod in excess of the amount of bycatch set by the department specified in the first emergency order of the season, by round weight of all halibut on board the vessel.  The commissioner may, be emergency order, close the fishing season and immediately reopen the season with a different bycatch level based on harvest data.Proposal #337 – no action – make surplus dinglebar quota available to the troll fleet.Proposal #338 – fails – allow trollers to retain lingcod as bycatch during April in the Icy Bay Subdistrict. ADFG opposed based on conservation concerns of nest guarding males.

Proposal #339  – passes 5/2 – Nonresident bag and possession limit of one lingcod 55 inches or greater in length; from May 16-November 30; one fish annual limit.

Proposal #340 – No action, intent unclear – amend boundary for lingcod sport fishery near Cross Sound and Yakobi Island

Proposal #341 – Passes as amended – this proposal originally asked to modify the allocation of demersal shelf rockfish between commercial and sport fisheries from 84/16 to 75/25.  The Board amended the proposal only to provide the clarification that the Dept requested that the subsistence harvest be taken off the top before splitting the TAC between the commercial and sport fishery at 84%/16%.  During the Board deliberations on this proposal one board member suggested amending the proposal that either sector harvesting by 5% over would require the fishery to be closed. This amendment was never seconded.

Proposal #342 – passes – proposal considered housekeeping – clarify split season allocations for DSR in internal waters.

Proposal #343 – fails – open a summer season for directed fishing of demersal shelf rockfish. 

Proposal #344 – fails – Extend the commercial DSR fishery into the summer months for jig gear in internal water areas

Proposal #345/346 – passes as amended – allows for the bycatch allowances of DSR in the groundfish fisheries to be adjusted based on harvest data.

Proposal #347 – fails – restore the directed fishing for slope rockfish in internal waters

Proposal #348 – passes – clarify intent of full retention regulations – considered housekeeping proposal.

Proposal #349/350 – no action – require the use of a recompression device for releasing rockfish caught in sport fisheries in SE AK – Board did encourage the use of the device while more studying was done.

Proposal #351 – no action – require the use of a recompression device for releasing rockfish caught in commercial fisheries.

Proposal #352 – no action – Require the release of demersal shelf rockfish in excess of a sport fish angler’s bag limit at or near the bottom.

Proposal # 353 – fails – require the retention of yelloweye rockfish and add specifications to release of other rockfish

Proposal #354 – passes – allow the sale of up to bycatch limits of black rockfish captured in areas closed to the directed fishing of black rockfish.

Proposal #355 – fails – allow directed black rockfish fishing in areas currently closed except for Sitka Sound

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Board of Fish actions – Troll Fishery Committee

TROLL FISHERY:
Proposal #320 – Passes as amended – The proposal to amend the regulation to allow uncaught king salmon remaining from the winter fishery GHL to be available during spring troll fishery.  Amended Language:

            5 AAC 29.090 (F) when the pre-season Chinook salmon Abundance Index is at least 1.15 and the amount of the winter troll fishery GHL remaining on May 1, is 10,000 or more king salmon, the following provisions are in effect:

            (i) between 10,000 and 15,000 fish, 250 additional non-Alaska hatchery produced salmon will be added to the maximum allowable number of non-Alaska hatchery produced salmon to be taken as provided in (D) of this section;

            (ii) greater than 15,000 fish, 500 additional non-Alaska hatchery produced salmon will be added to the maximum allowable number of non-Alaska hatchery produced salmon to be taken as provided in (D) of this section;

Proposal #321 – Fails – amend the regulation to adjust the GHL in winter salmon troll fishery for Alaska Hatchery component

Proposal #322 – No action – removes the closure in the winter salmon troll fishery for District 8.

Proposal #323 – support – removes the spring pink and chum fishery in Cross Sound and implements a spring hatchery king salmon fishery in it’s place

Proposal #324 – no action due to action on #323 – Allow fishing 7 days a week in the Cross Sound Pink and Chum area from the second Monday in June through June 30, or until 500 king salmon are harvested

Proposal #325 – Fails – Extend closing date for coho salmon troll fishery to September 30.

Proposal #326 – Fails – Amend regulation to delay the start of the coho salmon retention period from the current June 15 to July 10 and would extend the summer troll fishery through Sept 30

Proposal #327 – Fails due to wild stock concerns – Extend the closing date for troll fishery in portion of Behm Canal and Clarence Strait to Sept 30 to target coho produced at the Neets Bay Hatchery

Proposal #328 – No action due to lack of authority (CFEC) and opposed by ADFG regarding management changes, increased costs and workload that would result – Amend the regulation to allow holders of transferable hand troll permits to use two powered troll gurdies.

Proposal #329 – Passes with amended language – but will allow four gurdies may be operated only in the waters of the exclusive economic zone north of the latitude of the southernmost tip of Cape Spencer following the end of the first summer fishery king salmon retention period through the end of the summer troll fishery.

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Board of Fish Actions – Net Committee

The Board of Fish meeting ended February 26 at 7:15pm.  The meeting was confusing, you couldn’t report on what was happening until the final gavel came down as it kept changing. I will keep posting as I get the actions for each committee typed up. 

NET FISHERIES COMMITTEE:

The Board of Fish accepted the Joint RPT Consensus and backed up and acknowledged all parts of the agreement and working through Proposal #273.  They put into regulation will be a one to one ratio between gillnet/seine after the third Sunday in June in Deep Inlet for the 2009 season through the end of the 2011 season; a one to one ratio between gillnet/seine in Anita Bay for the 2009 season through the end of the 2011 season; and after June 20 a ratio of one to one between the gillnet/seine when a rotational fishery occurs in Neets Bay.

Because of the acceptance of the joint RPT action they took no action on Proposals 244, 245, 246, 267, 268, 269, 271, 273, and 274.

Proposal #247:  No action taken by board to allow trolling in District 8 beginning July 1 consistent with the drift gillnet openings.

Proposal #248: Passed – Yakutat proposal to uncouple the troll and set gillnet openings during the summer troll season, from Aug 7 through September 20, and would make the management of the each fishery independent.

Proposal #249-252:  Passed – the Board passed regulations to allow both troll and gillnet gear to be onboard at the same time with either the net bagged and tied shut below deck or the cannonballs below deck and the requirement that all fish from one fishery must be unloaded before entering the next fishery.  And to allow troll gear to be onboard while seining with the cannonballs stored below deck, when trolling the seine net must be removed from the vessel when trolling and the requirement that all fish from one fishery must be unloaded before entering the next fishery.

Proposal #86:  No action to repeal the length limit of seine vessels

Proposal #253:  Proposal to increase the allowable length of the salmon seine vessels in SE to 75 feet hull length was moved to the restructuring committee.

Proposal #254:  Failed – to change the measurement of seine vessels as hull length exclusive of rollers on the bow, stern rollers or other extensions including platforms.

Proposal #255:  Failed – to allow additional fishing time for permit holders who acquire a second entry permit for the gillnet fishery.  Dept opposed due to management concerns.

Proposal #256:  Failed – to allow additional gear for permit holders who acquire a second entry permit for the drift gillnet fishery.

Proposal #257 & 258 – Failed to change the start date of the gillnet fishery to Mondays.

Proposal #259 – Passed – changes the start time of the District 8 gillnet fishery for one more week in the month of June under the King Salmon Management Plan.

Proposal #260 – Failed 1/5      – would open a portion of District 7 outside of Anita Bay THA to seining whenever gillnetting is open in the adjacent area of District 8.

Proposal #261 – no action taken as the intent of the proposal was unclear – Proposal was for management plans for the seine fleet in Districts 11, 12 & 14.

Proposal #262 – Fails – would have placed additional restrictions on the seine fishery in upper Chatham Strait and would have prevented ADFG index fishery at Point Augusta from being conducted.

Proposal #263 – Failed – allow two legal limits of seine gear on board a vessel in SE Alaska

Proposal #264 – No action – would close commercial salmon fishing form July 1 through July 15 in the Klawock area.

Proposal #265 – Passes – Amend regulations to change the opening and closing dates for sockeye in the Klawock area.

Proposal #272 – Fails – requests the development of a management plan for Gunnuk Creek Hatchery at Kake.  The proposal would limit the common property harvest to seining and trolling and that the seine fishery be an equal split fishery in the THA.

Proposal #275-285:  Passed – ADFG housekeeping proposals on hatchery management plans.

McDonald Lake Sockeye Salmon Action Plan – the McDonald Lake was accepted as a stock of concern and the action plan was adopted.  The action plan consists of the restrictions in the gillnet and seine fleet as it has been the past couple of years.

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Sen. Murkowski Announces Fiscal Year 2009 Funding for Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC — U. S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced funding for Alaska contained in the Fiscal Year 2009 (FY 09) Omnibus Appropriations Bill. 

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up the legislation later this week, followed by consideration in the Senate. 

 

The FY 09 Omnibus includes the nine remaining appropriations bills that Congress failed to pass last year. The Omnibus will fund the federal government through September 30, 2009. 

 

Many of the projects contained in the Omnibus package were secured by Sen. Stevens last year as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

 

The following items of interest to Alaska were funded through the Energy and Water Section of the Omnibus: 

 

Feasibility Studies: 

•     $263,000 for Alaska Regional Ports 

•     $96,000 for Anchorage Harbor Deepening 

•     $382,000 for Barrow Coastal Storm Damage Reduction 

•     $96,000 for Homer Harbor Modification 

•     $96,000 for Kenai River Bluff Erosion 

•     $96,000 for Matanuska River Watershed 

•     $143,000 for Valdez Harbor Expansion 

•     $669,000 for Yakutat Harbor 

 

Construction funds: 

•     $3,328,000 for Alaska Coastal Erosion 

•     $478,000 for Seward Harbor Breakwater Extension 

•     $478,000 for Sitka Harbor Breakwater upgrade 

•     $2,871,000 for St. Paul Harbor 

•     $2,871,000 for Unalaska 

Operations and Maintenance Funds: 

•     $16,338,000 for the Anchorage Harbor 

•     $2,065,000 for Chena River Lakes 

•     $780,000 for the Dillingham Harbor 

•     $575,000 for the Homer Harbor 

•     $982,000 for the Inspection of Completed works 

•     $235,000 for the Lowell Creek Tunnel 

•     $325,000 for the Ninilchik Harbor 

•     $724,000 for the Nome Harbor 

•     $511,000 for Project Condition Surveys 

Continuing Authorities: 

•     $7.177 million for navigation projects from which Savoonga harbor will receive some of the funds 

•     $4.306 million for shore protection from which Unalakleet will receive funds for shore damage reduction 

 

Additionally, funds were included for the following projects in the Energy and Water Section of the Omnibus: 

•     $475,750 for a Renewable/Sustainable Biomass Project 

•     $3,806,000 for the Arctic Energy Office 

•     $2,854,500 for a Southwest Alaska Regional Geothermal Energy Project 

•     $951,500 for Unalaska geothermal energy 

•     $713,625 for the Anchorage Regional landfill 

The following items of interest to Alaska were funded through the Interior and Environment Section of the Omnibus:  

•     $250,000 to the City of Craig for a water and wastewater improvements project 

•     $350,000 to the City of Haines for a water and wastewater infrastructure project 

•     $300,000 to the City of Ketchikan for a water facilities construction project 

•     $1,000,000 to the City of North Pole for a wastewater system improvements project 

•     $1,000,000 for Tongass National Forest Road Improvements 

•     $400,000 for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge 

•     $2,560,000 to Denali National Park for construction 

•     $2,000,000 for the multi-state Small Public Water Systems Technology Assistance Program, some of which will go to Alaska 

•     $11,500,000 for the multi-state National Rural Water Association, some of which will go to Alaska 

•     $18.5 million for Alaska Native Villages under State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) for wastewater and drinking water facilities 

•     $33 million for Alaska Conveyance at the Bureau of Land Management 

•     $18.5 million for the Alaska Native Village State and Tribal Grant Program for water and sewer infrastructure projects 

The following items of interest to Alaska were funded through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Section of the Omnibus: 

•     $2,250,000 to FAA Aviation Safety for the Medallion Program 

•     $5,000,000 to FAA Air Traffic Control for the NAS Interfacility Communications System 

•     $2,375,000 to FAA Facilities and Equipment for Approach Lighting 

•     $1,900,000 to the Alaska Trails Initiative for Federal Highways 

•     $190,000 to RuralCAP for Home Investment Partnerships 

•     $332,500 to the Covenant House Alaska Crisis Center for Home Investment Partnerships (Anchorage) 

•     $5,700,000 to the Denali Commission for Federal Highways 

•     $798,000 to the City of Fairbanks for bus acquisition 

•     $665,000 to the Mat-Su Borough for Bus Bay Expansion 

•     $570,000 for Statewide Bus and Bus Facility Enhancements 

•     $475,000 to the Chilkat Indian Village/Klutwan for Heritage Center Construction 

•     $332,500 to the City of Craig for Redevelopment of Abandoned Cannery 

•     $380,000 to the City of Kotzebue for Construction of Recreation and Fairgrounds Area 

•     $475,000 to the City of Wrangell for Construction of Recreation and Fairgrounds Area 

•     $475,000 to the Kodiak Island Borough for an Emergency Shelter 

•     $950,000 to the City of Gustavus for Public Dock and Floats Construction 

•     $1,187,500 to the City of Akutan for Airport Construction 

•     $950,000 to the City of Fairbanks for Road Upgrades  

The following items of interest to Alaska were funded through the Agriculture and Rural Development Section of the Omnibus: 

 

•     $4.545 million to Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service for wood utilization projects in 10 states, including Alaska 

•     $864,000 thousand to Alaska Association of Conservation Districts for conservation operations 

 

The following items of interest to Alaska were funded through the Commerce, Justice, and Science Section of the Omnibus:  

•     $200,000 to Alaska Sea Grant, Fairbanks, for research on stock enhancement for rehabilitation of depleted king crab stocks in Alaska 

•     $1.5 million to the Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, for pinniped research, marine mammal rescue, and Resurrection Bay salmon enhancement 

•     $190,000 to the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, Anchorage, for salmon research and restoration projects in Western Alaska and interior river systems and ongoing marine productivity research 

•     $150,000 to the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition, Anchorage, for the organization to serve as an advocate for small boat community-based fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska 

•     $700,000 to the Kenai Peninsula Borough for Cook Inlet Beluga Whale research 

•     $250,000 to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Anchorage, to enhance research on ice seal populations 

•     $150,000 to the State of Alaska, Juneau, to support private industry participation in two international fishery advisory groups 

•     $300,000 to the Alaska Sea Otter and Steller Sea Lion Commission, Anchorage, for Steller Sea Lion Comanagement, Biosampling and Outreach/Education 

•     $500,000 to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, for advanced submarine surveys to establish new U.S. claims for seabed resources 

•     $100,000 to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks,  for research on coastal vulnerability to climate change 

•     $180,000 to the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association, Anchorage, to continue monitoring, research, and education efforts for subsistence and commercial fisheries along the Yukon River 

•     $80 million for the Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund, from which Alaska will receive a portion of the funding 

•     $1.683 million for the National Weather Service for Alaska Data Buoys for local warnings and forecasts 

•     $200,000 to the Alaska Native Justice Center, Anchorage, for attorney referrals, information and resources to support Natives involved in legal issues 

•     $200,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, Anchorage, for a statewide at-risk youth mentoring program involving, faith based organizations, schools, and non-profit entities 

•     $500,000 to the Northwest Arctic Borough, Kotzebue, for Public Safety Planning and VPSO Hiring and Training 

•     $200,000 to the State of Alaska, Juneau, for alcohol interdiction for investigation and prosecution of bootlegging crimes as part of statewide effort to reduce Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 

•     $250,000 to the State of Alaska, Juneau, for training of VPSO’s and the acquisition of emergency response and search and rescue equipment for rural communities 

•     $235,000 to the State of Alaska, Juneau, to develop a network to allow remote access to criminal justice information from a single point of access, thus allowing law enforcement and other courts within the state to access court records 

•     $210,000 to the State of Alaska, Juneau, to train law enforcement officers to teach drug abuse resistance education 

•     $400,000 to the State of Alaska, Juneau for sexual assault/domestic violence education, victim assistance and prosecution 

 

The following items of interest to Alaska were funded through the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Section of the Omnibus: 

 

•     $476,000 to Akeela House Recovery Center in Anchorage for residential substance abuse treatment 

•     $571,000 to Alaska Adaptive Recreation Alliance of Anchorage for programs to provide adaptive and therapeutic recreation to Alaskans with disabilities 

•     $490,000 to Alaska Addictions Rehabilitation Services, Inc./Nugen’s Ranch in Wasilla for facilities and equipment 

•     $95,000 to Alaska Brain Injury Network of Anchorage for brain injury programs and outreach services 

•     $476,000 to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services for a program to prevent, control, and reduce the incidence of obesity 

•     $1,427,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for a Statewide electronic medical records and health information system 

•     $1,427,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for the parallel development of an e-Health electronic network 

•     $238,000 to Alaska PTA, located in Anchorage, to train parents in their roles and responsibilities under the No Child Left Behind Act 

•     $285,000 to the Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council for independent living programs for rural and remote areas 

•     $381,000 to Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center for construction, renovation, and equipment 

•     $109,000 to Anchorage’s Promise for a child mentoring and support program 

•     $714,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Alaska for a rural Alaska youth fitness initiative 

•     $381,000 to Catholic Community Services in Juneau to implement child abuse prevention delivery programs in Southeast Alaska 

•     $238,000 to Central Council of Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska in Juneau for job training programs 

•     $285,000 to Cook Inlet Tribal Council for educational programs for low performing students in the Anchorage school district 

•     $3,378,000 to the Denali Commission for job training activities 

•     $485,000 to the Galena City School District for a boarding school for at-risk Native students from remote villages across Western Alaska 

•     $81,000 to the Literacy Council of Alaska in Fairbanks to train adult volunteers to tutor school-age children in reading, writing and mathematics 

•     $95,000 to the Literacy Council of Alaska in Fairbanks to provide educational materials for low-income students and their families 

•     $190,000 to Maniilaq Association in Kotzebue for residential substance abuse treatment 

•     $119,000 to Nine Star Enterprises of Anchorage for a job training initiative 

•     $190,000 to Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center in Nome for job training programs for high school students 

•     $951,000 to Providence Health System, located in Anchorage, for physician recruitment and retention 

•     $476,000 to RuralCAP of Alaska for distance learning for Head Start teachers and Parents as Teachers programs, including the purchase of equipment 

•     $951,000 to Skills Alaska for a student/teacher enhancement program across Alaska 

•     $190,000 to Southwest Alaska Vocation and Education Center in King Salmon for workforce development and training 

•     $571,000 to United Way of Anchorage for the 211 Project to provide a statewide health and human services management system for Alaska 

•     $999,000 to the University of Alaska to continue the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program for Alaska students at UAA and UAF 

•     $1,475,000 to Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation of Bethel for renovation and equipment 

•     $95,000 to YWCA of Anchorage for after school education programs 

•     $476,000 Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau for renovations and equipment 

•     $19.6 million for the Denali commission to support health projects and economic development activities for the Arctic region under the Denali Commission Act of 1998 

 

The following item of interest to Alaska was funded through the Financial Services and General Government Section of the Omnibus: 

 

•     $285,000 for the Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership Inc. rural Alaska e-commerce training project

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Golden King Crab Closure notice for East Central Area

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the commercial golden

(brown) king crab fishery in the East Central Area will close at 12:00 noon Thursday, February 26,2009.

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