Sitka Sac Roe Herring Announcement Posted

The GHL for the 2009 Sitka Sound Sac Roe fishery is 14,504 tons.  This is a 5% decrease from the preliminary announcement this fall.

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Senator Gregg Withdraws His Name for Secretary Of Commerce

Senator Gregg has withdrawn his name for consideration for the position of Secretary of Commerce.  Based on news reports the simple reason is that he could not agree with all of the new administrations policy positions.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/12/gregg.nomination/

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Board of Fish Information Links

Agenda http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/2008-2009/Sitka/fin-agenda09.pdf

Staff Comments http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/2008-2009/Petersburg/staff-comm.pdf

ADFG Fishery Reports http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/2008-2009/deprep08-09.php

Ontime Public and AC comments http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/archive/bof/farch.php

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VMS No Longer Needed for Dinglebar Fishery

NOAA Fisheries Service has decided to exempt fishermen using dinglebar fishing gear in federal waters of the Gulf of Alaska from the requirement to carry a vessel monitoring system (VMS). The agency has determined that any risk of damage posed to protected corals in the Gulf of Alaska by the dinglebar gear fishery is minor, and insufficient to justify the costs of VMS. This action is effective February 20, 2009.

For more information, read the final rule or contact Ben Muse at (907) 586-7234.

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Fish Caucus – Value Challenges in the Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery 2/12/09

The Alaska Legislative Fish Caucus will meet on Thursday, Feb 12, at 12pm in State Capitol Room 106. This is a brown bag luncheon. Light refreshments will also be provided. Participation by members of the public is welcome.

The subject will be “Value Challenges in the Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery: Partnerships & New Ideas.” A presentation will be provided by Bob Waldrop, Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.

Learn more about tools for increasing the value of the salmon fishery in the Bristol Bay region including

  • Investments by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association
  • Maximizing harvest opportunities
  • Infrastructure development
  • And more….


For interested parties who are not in Juneau, the Fish Caucus is teleconferenced via the Legislative Information Office network statewide. To find out more about participating, please call your local LIO. (Contact information can be found here:
http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/misc/lios.php.) The meeting will also be streamed live on the internet through Gavel to Gavel. To listen to live or archived audio of the meeting please visit the Gavel to Gavel website, http://www.ktoo.org/gavel/.


For more information, contact Erin Harrington, Legislative Aide to Rep. Alan Austerman

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Study Shows Declining Survival Rates for Coho and Chinook in British Columbia

Seafood.com reported today (2/10/09) about the study results presented at the biennial Puget Sound/Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference in Seattle.  The Canadian researcher said that the Chinook and coho in the waters of British Columbia and Georgia Strait have showed a “dramatic and alarming” decline while the survival of pink salmon is increasing.  The new research shows that the survival rate has declined from 10% in 1980′s to 0.5% for coho and from 1% to 0.1% for chinook.  It appears that the deaths are appearing during the first four months while juvenile salmon.  It it thought that factors might include an increase in temperature because of climate changes; less food being available as the ecosystem declines; and ocean conditions to name a few.

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Golden Brown King Crab Announcement

Petersburg . . . As announced in a December 11, 2008 news release, the season for the 2008/09
commercial golden king crab fishery in Southeast Alaska will open concurrently with the Tanner crab fishery at 12:00 noon on Sunday, February 15, 2009.
Guideline Harvest Levels
The overall guideline harvest level (GHL) for this season in Registration Area A is 590,000 pounds. The guideline harvest levels set within the guideline harvest ranges (GHRs) are as follows:
Management Area        Guideline Harvest Range          2008/09 GHL
Northern                                   0 – 145,000                        145,000
Icy Strait                                   0 – 55,000                            55,000
North Stephens Passage            0 – 25,000                            20,000
East Central                              0 – 225,000                        225,000
Mid Chatham                            0 – 150,000                        100,000
Lower Chatham                        0 – 50,000                            25,000
Southern                                   0 – 25,000                            20,000
Total Reg. Mgmt Areas              0 – 675,000                        590,000

The announcement when posted should be located here http://documents.cf1.adfg.state.ak.us/SubtopicContents.po?ERA=Current&TOPIC=10&SUBTOPIC=bki

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Fishy Legislation

SEAFA has submitted comments on two pieces of legislation.  We are supporting HB 41 – Board of Fish conflict of Interest legisalation and HB 20 allowing Division of Investments A borrowers to qualify for engine loan retrofits. 

 HB 20 Engine Retrofit loans

HB 41 BOF Conflict of Interest

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Senator Gregg Nominated for Secretary of Commerce

President Obama nominates New Hampshire Senator Gregg to be Secretary of Commerce.  It is expected that he will be a strong advocate for NOAA but he will also be an advocate for offshore aquaculture. 

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Board of Fish Comments Due Feb 3rd

The Board of Fish is accepting comments on finfish proposals through the end of the business day Feb 3, 2009.  Comments can be faxed to 465-6094. 

Staff comments on individual proposals can be viewed at:  http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/2008-2009/RIR-1J-2008-24.pdf

Official BOF Summary of the Shellfish meeting are at:  http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetsum/2008-2009/pppppresumm-09pburgetersburg.pdf

 

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