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.


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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 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  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

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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

Alexandra Morton, Canada 250-973-2306, 250-974-7086
Chief Bob Chamberlin, First Nations, Canada 250-974-8282
Kurt Willy Oddekalv, Norway +47 90 89 22 68
Anne Mosness, USA west coast 360-671-6478, cell 360-224-4100
Don Staniford: USA +1 202 251 3997,
Wolfram Heise, Chile +56-65-250079
Bruce Sandison, Scotland 01847 611274, 0759 3187634 (mobile)

 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 is located at:

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Deputy Director of Commercial Fisheries Announced

Sue Aspelund, who has been working as a special assistant to the Commissioner of Fish & Game was appointed to the vacant Deputy Director of Commercial Fisheries position and will transition into the position by November 17th. 

Sue has worked the last five years as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner providing policy advice on a variety of marine fisheries issues including Gulf of Alaska groundfish, halibut, and the Magnuson-Stevens Act. She has also overseen the Southeast Sustainable Salmon Fund (SSSF), which was renamed the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF), which was renamed the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund (AKSSF) – are you getting dizzy?  Prior to working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sue was Executive Director for the Cordova District Fishermen United (CDFU) and she was a set gillnet fisherman in Bristol Bay and longtime member of the local Fish and Game Advisory Committee.    

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IPHC SE Meeting Presentations

IPHC just had meetings last week in Petersburg, Sitka and Juneau.  The powerpoint presentation that they used during the meetings is now available on their website at:

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Exxon Payments May Be Delayed as much as 18 Months

Sea Hawks Seafoods of Valdez (now defunct) has filed in court to have the disbursement allocation scheme approved by the the court system in 1996 thrown out.  They have filed to have the allocation changed to match the Supreme Court decision that the size of punitive damage awards must be comparable porportionately to the size of compensatory damage awards already paid to the plaintiffs.  If the court system accepts this lawsuit, it could delay payment up to an additional 18 months.

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IPHC Halibut Apportionment Information Meetings Scheduled in Southeast Alaska

Bruce Leaman of IPHC will be visiting Petersburg, Juneau and Sitka to provide additional information on the biomass apportionment.  For additional information please visit the IPHC website and click on the Biomass Apportionment Workshop 2008 link.

Petersburg Monday October 20th @10:00 am in the Petersburg City Council Chambers

Juneau, Tuesday October 21st at 6:30 pm at DIPAC Visitors Center

Sitka, (don’t know time and place yet)

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