NPFMC staff posts Draft Halibut Motion

The Council staff has posted a draft motion on the Halibut catch sharing plan

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/halibut_issues/HalibutCSPmotion1008.pdf

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Cook Inlet Task Force Meeting on BuyBacks and Marketing & Sustainability

JOINT COOK INLET SALMON TASK FORCE

Oct 09 Thursday Anch Lio Conf Rm 10:00 AM

– Teleconference –

– BRUCE TWOMLEY with ADF&G, Commercial

Fisheries Entry Commission

Briefing on buy back programs and

potential Cook Inlet buy back program

– RAY RIUTTA with Alaska Seafood Marketing

Institute

Briefing on sustainability and management

practices in marketing salmon

– Testimony  by invitation only–

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Appointments to the Pacific Salmon Commission Panels Press Release

Governor Palin Makes Pacific Salmon Commission Panel Appointments 

October 6, 2008, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today announced her nominations and appointments to two panels that support the Pacific Salmon Commission, established by a 1985 U.S.-Canada treaty on managing salmon originating in Southeast Alaska/Northern British Columbia rivers. 

 

Pacific Salmon Commission – Transboundary Panel 

 

Governor Palin nominated Dale Kelley, and re-nominated James Becker, Rod Brown, Arnold Enge and Gary Gray and to the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Transboundary Panel. 

The Transboundary Panel supports the Pacific Salmon Treaty, signed by Alaska and Canada in 1985 to protect salmon stocks, by providing information and recommendations to the Pacific Salmon Commission on management of in-river and terminal fisheries for salmon originating in the Alsek, Taku, and Stikine Rivers in Southeast Alaska and Northern British Columbia.  The governor’s nominations are subject to final appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. 

 

Kelley, of Juneau, has served as executive director of the Alaska Trollers Association since 1989.  She has also served on the board of United Fishermen of Alaska, and as a commissioner to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Additionally, she was an alternate member of the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Northern Panel for three years. 

 

Becker, of Douglas, has been a commercial fisherman for more than 35 years and is a lifetime resident of the Juneau area.  He is a board member of United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters Association and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.  Becker was first appointed to the panel in 2000. 

 

Brown, of Wrangell, is a retired biology, marine biology, math and photography teacher.  He fished commercially during the summers and is an avid sport fisherman who has lived in Wrangell since 1969.  He was first appointed to the panel in 2005. 

 

Enge is a longtime Petersburg resident who gillnets for salmon and herring and fishes halibut.  He serves as vice-chair of the Petersburg Fish and Game Advisory Committee.  Enge was first appointed to the panel in 2000. 

 

Gray, of Yakutat, operates a lodge and provides guide services for hunters and fishermen in the Yakutat area.  He fished as a commercial setnetter for 15 years and serves as a member of the Yakutat Fish and Game Advisory Committee.  Gray was first appointed to the panel in 2006. 

 

Pacific Salmon Commission – Northern Panel 

 

Governor Palin reappointed Gordy Williams and Brian Frenette to the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Northern Panel.  The panel provides technical and regulatory advice to the Pacific Salmon Commission. 

 

Williams, of Juneau, is a special assistant to Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd.  He was reappointed to serve as Alaska’s representative to the panel for fish management.  

 

Frenette, of Juneau, is Southeast regional supervisor for the state Division of Sport Fish.  He was reappointed to serve as Alaska’s alternate to the panel. 

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Council Recommends Catch Sharing Plan for Halibut

Saturday evening the NPFMC voted 10 to 1 to pass a catch sharing plan. Friday afternoon the State of Alaska offered the first motion on the halibut charter issue.  This motion had no set allocation between the commercial and charter sectors.  It did have a framework where at various level of abundance the charter fleet would fish under a one fish bag limit, two fish bag limit with one under 32″ and a two fish bag limit with no leasing of IFQ’s.  This proposal allowed a range of charter harvest from 12% to 30% depending upon the level of abundance in 2C and 11.8% to 30% in 3A.  The Council allowed the motion to sit overnight, while they took staff reports on 3A management measures to allow the public a chance to review, understand and offer to council members their opinions on a one to one basis.  

The final motion ended up being a catch sharing plan that has a clear allocation between sectors.  The charter fleet allocation is a fixed percentage of 15.1% in 2C except when the combined commercial and charter catch limit is below 5 million pounds when the allocation goes to 17.3%.  In 3A the allocation is 14% except when the combined commercial and charter catch limit is below 10 million pounds when the allocation goes to 15.4%.  The allocation acknowledges that management measures and projections of harvest in the charter fleet are imprecise therefore up to a 3.5% variance may occur and that overtime the variances should balance out.  The allocation is what will be used in IPHC’s calculations for determining the commercial catch limits.  The State of Alaska approach of predetermining set management measures that IPHC and NMFS will abide by at various levels of abundance as determined by the combined commercial and charter catch limit although these differ then the State’s original motion. Leasing was added as an amendment to the motion which passed with a split vote of 8 to 3 and became part of the main motion which passed the Council.

NPFMC Official draft motion:  NPFMC Motion on CSP

State of Alaska Original motion:  State Motion CSP

State of Alaska charts for motion 2C:  2C Graphs

State of Alaska charts for motion 3A:  3A Graphs

The NPFMC on Sunday morning took public testimony on the 3A management measures and took no action.

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Tulsequah Chief Mine Update

Redcorp provided the following update on the Tulsequah Chief Mine

 September continues to be a busy month on the Tulsequah Project.   Construction of the road is continuing with the priority of completing the remaining causeway and remaining 1 km of road.          
Earlier this month Ampex Mining of Whitehorse, underground contractors, arrived on site and began removing the old water and air pipes as well as  the track used during the operations in the 1950′s. This underground work is being done to prepare for modern mining which will use bigger piping and a trackless operation. 
The first of the Procon Mining & Tunneling equipment arrived on site by barge.  Water treatment plant supplies have also arrived as well as two of the 8 generators that will be used to power the mine.  Upon completion of the road and setup of the water treatment plant we will commence moving historic waste rock to the new disposal sites, one of the first steps to cleaning up the site and continuing the development of the mine.
Fabrication and assembly of the Air Cushion Barge is well underway with frame and hull fabrication at 60% complete.
 

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SeaGrant Marine Advisory Fuel Survey

Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is conducting a commercial fishing fuel survey.  If you are interested in participating in the survey it is online at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=yQq57HL9I_2fkWmmtl7xqEFA_3d_3d

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Div of Investments Announce an Engine Retro-fit Loan Program

The program will be available to lend money starting Sept 28th but application can be put in earlier.  The loan program will loan money at 2% below the prime interest rate.  For more information, contact the Div. of Investments at  1-800-478-5626 (within Alaska) or http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/investments/vgu.cfml.  Program is available for Alaskan residents only.

 

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SEAFAR Insurance Pool Members

SEAFAR Members,  You should have received in the mail recently the 2007 financial report of the insurance pool along with the information that since there were no claims in 2007 the insurance pool will be paying back 72% of the premiums in 2011.  If you didn’t receive your notice, please let us know.

 Please check your thru hull fittings – one boat was almost lost due to severe electrolysis and another boat that was not on the pool recently sunk due to old corroded thru hull fittings.  Please check the soundness of your thru hull fittings. 

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NPFMC Halibut Documents Available Online

The analysis for the October halibut charter allocation and catch sharing plan is available online at:

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/halibut_issues/Area2C3A_CSP908.pdf

The 3A GHL Management Measures (final action) analysis is available at: 

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/halibut_issues/3AGHL908.pdf

 The agenda and other materials may be viewed at the NPFMC main website at:

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/default.htm

NPFMC meeting dates are

Advisory Panel will start on halibut issues Monday Sept 29th at 8:00 am

and the Council will start on halibut issues sometime Wed, October 1st.

 

 

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Exxon Agrees to Pay Partial Settlement

Exxon has agreed to pay out $383 million of the Exxon Settlement out of the $507.5 million U.S. Supreme Court decision.  They will not being paying on the $70 million they are battling over and the interest that they have contested in court. 

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