Task Force Agenda’s

The Gillnet task force meeting is DEcember 1st at 8:30 am, Centennial Hall, Hickel room

Gillnet Agenda 2008

The Seine task force meeting is December 2nd 10:00 am, Centennial Hall, Hickel room

Seine Agenda 2008

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Organic Farmed Fish allowed to Use wild fishmeal

The USDA’s national organic standards board voted to adopt standards for organic farmed fish for the first time. They accepted the proposal of the aquaculture subcommittee, and will allow an organic designation for farmed fish with up to 25% of its feed from wild fishmeal, so long as the fishmeal comes from sustainable sources.

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Halibut One Fish Bag Limit Lawsuit Dismissed

The NMFS this fall withdrew the final rule for the one fish bag limit and then asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit as being moot since the rule had been proposed.  The charter fleet contested the dismissal, but the court granted the dismissal without prejudice. 

It is expected that very soon the new one fish proposed rule will be published as a proposed rule with a 30 day comment period.

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Sport Fish Guide Services Board

As many of you know, I have been on the State task force looking at ways to limit the charter fleet in State fisheries.  The task force started out looking at limited entry options but could not find a way to create a limited entry program under the constitutional amendment that the State of Alaska voters passed to allow for limited entry for the commercial fisheries.  The criteria for a program just can’t be made to fit a charter operation.  Instead the task force has moved to an occupational licensing program modeled after the big game guides services board.  The task force is meeting November 19th in Anchorage at Homewood Suites.  You can get information and post public comments on the ADFG web site.  http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Guides/index.cfm/FA/issues.overview

 I have submitted the following comments to the task force.

Sport Fish Guide Services Board 11.08

Task Force Questionaire

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Sablefish Stock Assessment Out for Review

The sablefish stock assessment is out for review prior to the plan team meeting.  A quick glance at the assessment looks like the recommendations for sable fish for the 2009 catch limits will be reduced from 2008.

ftp://ftp.afsc.noaa.gov/afsc/public/Plan_Team/sablefish.pdf

 

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Need Recipes

SEAFA is putting together a cookbook as a fundraiser and we need your recipes.  In particular we are looking for your favorite seafood, game or good boat galley receipes.  Please email the recipe to seafa@gci.net or mail to SEAFA, 9369 North Douglas Hwy, Juneau AK 99801

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SEAFA Can Now Offer Members Email addresses

We have now set it up so that you can get an email address through seafa.  The address would be your user name @seafa.org.  You can access the email through our webpage – bottom right hand side of the page, click on link called webmail to access the account.  If you are interested in one of these email account, please contact the SEAFA office and we will set one up for you. 

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Southeast Alaska Herring Stock ESA request for Information

In 2007, the Juneau Sierra Club petitioned for protection of the Lynn Canal herring under the Endangered Species Act.  In April 2008, NMFS announced that they were denying the petition on Lynn Canal herring as it was not a distinct population segement but that the Southeast stocks were a distinct population segment and it was warranted to assess this population.  NMFS is requesting information, data and comments pertinent to a risk assement as part of a status review of the Southeast Alaska population of Pacific herring.  Comments are due December 8,2008

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/notice/73fr66031.pdf

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International Declaration Against Unsustainable Salmon Farming Being Sent to United Nations

Fish farm opposition – the gathering storm goes international
International Declaration Against Unsustainable Salmon Farming sent to United Nations

Norway. Chile, U.S., U.K. Canada
November 3, 2008
 
     International environmentalists, First Nations, scientists, tourism operators and
owners, fishermen/women met in Chile, Norway and Canada on the impact of salmon farms. Joined by people from Scotland, U.K and the U.S. they are sending the Declaration Against Unsustainable Salmon Farming to the United Nations reporting that industrial salmon farming is using the same ruinous tactics worldwide.
     Industrial net pen salmon farming originated in Norway then moved into Scotland, Ireland, Canada and is now spreading rapidly through Chile at huge ecological cost. Scientific studies show that wild salmon populations are crashing wherever there are salmon farms due to pathogen amplification and genetic pollution, but the damage runs much deeper. Participants signed the Declaration in united opposition to the current practices of industrial salmon farming, citing not only damage to wild salmon, but also labor law infractions in Chile, viral epidemics, impact on the indigenous Sami of Norway and First Nations in Canada, fouling of local food resources with drug and waste release as well as reduction of the global food supply – taking more wild fish than it produces.
     Anne Mosness, of the U.S. Go Wild Campaign says, “In Washington and Maine massive escapes, diseases and the possibility of genetically engineered fish and offshore farms pose huge risks to the viability of our oceans. We cannot ignore our obligation to future generations to keep our oceans alive.”
     The 1995 United Nations Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries states “As a primary goal, aquaculture development should conserve genetic diversity and minimize negative effects of farmed fish on wild fish populations, while increasing supplies of fish for human consumption.” “We declare each of these principles violated by today’s salmon farmers,” says Canadian biologist Alexandra Morton.
     While some would like to see salmon farms in closed tanks, Dr. Wolfram Heise, of Chile states “It is simply not possible to produce salmon in a sustainable way. You will never get it into ecological balance. There is no right way of doing the wrong thing! This industry plunders the wild fish stocks of the oceans and to destroy the coastal marine ecosystems which will need decades to recover, if ever.”
     The signatories have spent years working to protect their coastlines from salmon farming with little result and today come together in a global response to a global industry. They invite others to sign the Declaration Against Unsustainable Salmon Farming at www.ourglobalocean.org.

Contacts:
Alexandra Morton, Canada 250-973-2306, 250-974-7086 info@adopt-a-fry.org
Chief Bob Chamberlin, First Nations, Canada 250-974-8282 mooguy@Shaw.ca
Kurt Willy Oddekalv, Norway +47 90 89 22 68 kurt@nmf.no.
Anne Mosness, USA west coast 360-671-6478, cell 360-224-4100 Eatwildfish@aol.com
Don Staniford: USA +1 202 251 3997, don_staniford@yahoo.co.uk
Wolfram Heise, Chile +56-65-250079 wolframheise1@gmx.de
Bruce Sandison, Scotland 01847 611274, 0759 3187634 (mobile) bsandison@btinternet.com
 

 International Salmon Farming Declaration

Salmon Farming Declaration Press Release  (full press release – only partial provided in text)

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Canada closes down recreational halibut harvest in-season

It was reported in the news that Canada is closing the recreational halibut harvest as of October 31st, 2 months earlier than scheduled.  The recreational harvest allocation started at just over 1 million pounds (12% of the Canadian allocation goes to the recreational sector (guided & unguided)) and in a one season arrangement an additional 150,000 lbs were leased to the recreational sector.  The estimated recreational harvest is 1.45 million pounds.  In the news article Sue Farlinger, regional director of Fisheries Management for Dept of Fisheries stated that since each country expects the other to stick to it’s TAC and is held accountable, “We need to respond responsibly when the fishing plan is not functioning as it was intended to.”

The full article in Globeandmail.com is located at:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081027.BCHUME27/TPStory/Environment

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