Draft Voluntary Safety Initiatives – Good Marine Practices for Commercial Fishing Vessels

The development of the Alternate Safety Compliance Program (ASCP) effort was put on hold this summer (at least as a mandatory set of new requirements). The requirements came out of the legislation funding the Coast Guard in both 2010 and 2012. The ASCP was originally designed to apply to commercial fishing vessels 50′ and over that are not “classed” once they become 25 years old. This effort was transitioned into the attached Voluntary Safety Initiatives/Good Marine Practices for Commercial FVs. We are anticipating further guidance from CG Headquarters prior to January 1st on how to put this new initiative into practice.

The Initiative has also been posted on the Coast Guard’s “Maritime Commons” about the VSIGMP and encouraging the public/industry to provide feedback through their local Coast Guard dockside fishing vessel examiner or District Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinators. For Alaska, comments would go to Anthony.S.Wilwert@uscg.mil.

Voluntary Safety Initiatives – Good Marine Practices for CFVs – 25Oct201 (002)

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Alternative Safety Compliance Program Put on Hold

The USCG has put the Alternative Safety Compliance Program (ASCP) on hold and instead are developing and Enhanced Oversight Program (EOP) for commercial fishing vessels by January 1, 2017.  Whereas the ASCP would have been subject to federal rule-making the Enhanced Oversight Program will only  implement requirements that will draw upon existing Captain of the Port Authorities and be prescribed by policy.

Also, The Coast Guard will develop Voluntary Safety Guidelines for older CFV’s by January 1, 2017.  These voluntary guidelines and recommended best practices will be based on analysis of casualty data from the past 10 years by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Enahnced Oversight Program and Safety Guidelines for Commercial Fishing Vessels – MSIB 11-16 7.21.16

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King and Tanner Task Force Meeting May 25th 1:00 pm

Attached is the agenda and presentations for the KTTF meeting

May 2016 KTTF meeting agendav2

Bitter crab_siddon early results 2016

GKC KTTF 2016_May meeting

SEAK Commercial RKC presentation

SEAK Commercial Tanner Crab Presentation_May2016

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Alaska Diesel Electric Generator Offer


Alaska Diesel Electric SEAFA Ad 5.17.16

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Electronic Monitoring (EM) Brochure

The following brochure was developed to answer fishermen’s questions about EM.  If you are interested in signing up for 2017
contact elizabeth.chilton@noaa.gov

EM brochure 4 29 16

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RPT Allocation Power Point Presentation

Here is the spring update to the RPT for the current allocation status of the gear groups.

ALLOCATIONS Spring 2016 RPT 4 06 2016

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NPFMC Halibut Charter RQE April 2016 final motion

Here is the final NPFMC motion for the halibut charter RQE

MOTION C9 Halibut Charter RQE 4.11.16

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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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