2016 Southeast Alaska Chinook Salmon Quota

ADF&G announced the 2016 All Gear harvest limit of 355,600 treaty Chinook (non-Alaska hatchery produced) under the provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The preseason allocations are:
Troll – 263,197
Seine – 15,291
Drift Gillnet – 10,312
Set Gillnet – 1,000
Sport – 65,799
This is in comparison to a not agreed upon under the treaty preseason goal of 237,000 in 2015 and treaty all gear quota in 2014 of 439,400. The Columbia Rive exceeded forecasted levels last year and large Chinook returns are again forecasted for those systems and are reflected in this year’s all gear harvest allocation.
ADF&G News Release

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Canadian Mine Update by Lt. Governor

Wanted to share this update by Lt Gov. Byron Mallott as well as this update on the status of  Canadian Mines
Canadian Mine Status 3.11.16

Dear Alaskan,

Thank you for your commitment to the protection of our waters, our livelihoods, and our way of life in Southeast Alaska. I’m writing to update you on our efforts on these fronts.

In January I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, to participate in the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia Roundup, the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, and The Gathering Place (“Where Aboriginal and Industry Leaders Meet”). While there, I also met with First Nations and British Columbia and Yukon government leaders, including Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski. My conversations and presentations focused on the importance of transboundary water quality, transparency and cooperation with our border neighbors, as well as advancing Governor Walker’s policy of supporting responsible mineral development in Alaska.

I maintain contact with the office of BC Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett. Their office is in the process of reviewing our draft Statement of Cooperation (SOC). The SOC will advance, among other issues, communication and input from you, our stakeholders and tribes, as we move forward.

The BC government has invited First Nations to review the draft SOC. These First Nations groups includes the Tahltan, Taku River Tlingit and Nishga’a. I am pleased British Columbia has followed our lead in consulting with First Nations in their review process. I look forward to receiving British Columbia’s feedback on the SOC, which I anticipate will be in the spring.

I also have had phone conversations with two new Canadian Ministers: Hunter Tootoo, minister of fisheries, oceans and coast guard; and Catherine McKenna, minister of environment and climate change. Our conversations focused on the State of Alaska’s transboundary concerns and progress in collaborating with British Columbia. Minister McKenna mentioned Canada’s current review of their environmental assessment requirements. She also mentioned the possibility of attending the next Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks.

I made a formal request to meet with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the State Department’s view of a potential International Joint Commission for transboundary matters. He was unable to meet while I was in Washington, DC, last week. I will not give up and will continue to request a meeting at every opportunity.

I met with Senator Murkowski during her recent Juneau visit and updated her on our work with British Columbia. We agreed to continue to work together closely as we move forward in our transboundary initiatives.

I share your commitment to protecting the quality of transboundary waters and the abundant natural resources they support. The State of Alaska will engage with British Columbia in all ways appropriate and necessary to reach these aims. We will likewise continue to work to enhance our collaboration with the numerous stakeholders, Tribes, federal partners, municipalities and other interested organizations.

Finally, please find the DNR-Office of Project Management & Permitting, BC Mine Project Update attached, and please visit our new transboundary webpage: http://ltgov.alaska.gov/Mallott/lieutenant-governor/transboundary.html.

As always, do not hesitate to call or email with any questions or concerns.


Byron I. Mallott
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska

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Survival Craft Regulations AMENDED

USCG sent out a new Marine Safety Information Bulletin about survival craft regulations and


MSIB 04-16 Clarification -Survival Craft Requirements for UCFIV1

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The following presentations will be used at the Sablefish meeting 2/19/16 12:30 pm.
See agenda for call in information – must use computer or I pad with microphone and camera. It is suggested that you test your system ahead of time.

NR 012216 sablefish industry meeting 2.18.16 - Meeting announcement and teleconference/webcast information

Sable industry meeting 2016_KGpptv3 2.18.16

2016_Industry__KVK_PPT 2.18.16

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Thirteen Applicants on Governor’s Desk for Two Possible Alaska Council Seats

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker – February 12, 2016

There are eleven voting members on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, six of which represent Alaska. The majority bloc of Alaskan votes will see at least one new face this year because three-term member Duncan Fields will be stepping down in June.

Fields, from Kodiak, has served three consecutive three-year terms, the maximum allowed. David Long of Wasilla, whose first term also expires this year, could be reappointed. Long has worked in many Alaska fisheries as a skipper and fleet manager.

Whether Governor Walker has one or two new appointments to make, he will have more than a dozen applicants, from Sand Point to Sitka, to choose from.

Alan Austerman may be the most well known. Born and raised in Kodiak, he served as Majority Leader of the State House, and as a first-term Senator, before becoming the Fisheries Policy Advisory to Governor Frank Murkowksi.

Linda Behnken of Sitka has been the executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association for 18 years and has been fishing for over 20. She was a Council member in the mid 1990s, has been appointed to fish management panels including the National Science Foundation’s IFQ Review Panel and was part of Governor Walkers’ Fisheries Transition Team.

Julie Bonney is the executive director of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank of Kodiak. She is intricately involved in management initiatives that have helped shape the current management structure in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska.

Ed Dersham, a former charter skipper who has worked on projects with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and served eight years of the Alaska Board of Fish, also served two terms on the Council. Dersham was replaced by Andy Mezirow in 2015. Even for members who have termed out, once they are off the council, they may reapply and serve again.

Theresa Peterson of Kodiak has served on the Council’s Advisory Panel for several years, and is the Kodiak Outreach Coordinator for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. She has a family owned and operated fishing business, in the commercial halibut and salmon fleet and as a set net operation on Kodiak Island.

Art Nelson is also on the Council’s Advisory Panel, appointed just last year. He is the executive director of the Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association, based in Anchorage.

Buck Laukitis from Homer is a commercial fisherman and past president of the North Pacific Fisheries Association. He has also been on the Board of Trustees for the Homer Foundation since 2005.

Paul Gronholdt, of Sand Point, represents the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands on the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference. He is also a commercial fisherman. Both Gronholdt and Laukitis were named as alternates by Governor Walker when he reappointed Dan Hull for his third term; Hull now serves as Chairman of the Council.

Rhonda Olivia Pitka, is chief of Beaver, an Athabaskan village north of the Yukon River and just south of the Arctic Circle. Pitka participated in a roundtable discussion with President Obama during his visit to Alaska last year.

Jim Sepel is a retired Coast Guard commander and Juneau resident who owns a marine surveying firm. Sepel served on the Alaska Boating Safety Advisory Council under former Governor Parnell.

Rebecca Skinner is an attorney from Kodiak who serves on the Borough Assembly and the Southwest Alaska Municipal Council.

Emilie Springer, a Homer native and longtime salmon fisherman, holds a bachelor’s from Stanford University and a master’s in marine affairs from the University of Washington. She was in the doctoral program at UAF department of anthropology.

Jed Whittaker has been active in Alaska’s Green Party and on various fishing and community-related programs.

The deadline for additional applicants is February 15, 2016. The Governor is expected to make his recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce in mid-March. The Secretary will announce the appointments no later than June 27.

Peggy Parker, Science and Sustainability Editor
SeafoodNews.com 1-781-861-1441
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Reporter’s Email: peggyparker@seafood.com

Copyright © 2016 Seafoodnews.com

Story Posted: 2/12/2016 2:16:47 AM
reprinted with permission

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Salmon Study Mooring Buoys at Little Port Walter

The National Marine Fisheries Service, in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and Rutgers University will be deploying temporary ocean moorings in Southern Chatham Strait near LPW. The moorings are part of a research effort to assess the use of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) for conducting fisheries research and studying the outmigration of juvenile Chinook salmon.

Twenty-four reference moorings will be deployed; three will be placed approximately 3 kilometers north of LPW, three will be placed approximately 3 kilometers south of LPW, and eighteen will be near the mouth and within the Port Walter area. The moorings will have yellow or orange buoys and will be clearly labeled “NOAA RESEARCH”.  All moorings will be a minimum of 200 meters apart and at least 50 meters from the shore. The moorings will be deployed between March 16 and March 26, 2016. All equipment associated with the study will be removed completely no later than December 15, 2016.

See document below for more information about the project and for a map of the locations of the mooring buoys.

LPW Salmon Study – mooring buoys 2.10.16

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ASMI Report and Presentation about Report

ASMI Alaska Seafood Impacts Final Dec2015 2.5.16 - Report

ASMI Feb2016 slides 2.5.16 - Presentation with 6 slides summarizing the report

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Blackcod Almanac 2016

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King and Tanner Task Force Meeting Jan 29, 2016

The following powerpoint presentations were given at the King and Tanner Task Force Meeting.


RKC Mark Recapture Update KTTF 2016

SEAK Commercial RKC presentation

SEAK Commercial Tanner Crab Presentation

2015-2016 Tanner stock status data packet for distribution

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IPHC Adopted Catch Limits

The IPHC adopted the season dates of March 19-Nov 7, 2016

IPHC adopted catch limits 1.29.16 compares the 2015 and 2016 blue lines, the 2015 harvest and the advice provided by the IPHC conference board and Processor Advisory Group to the Commissioner and adopted catch limits.


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