Board of Fish considering Three Agenda Change Requests for Southeast Alaska

The Board of Fish will be considering three Agenda Change Requests (ACR) that will affect Southeast Alaska at their October 9-11 worksession in Anchorage.  They are:

ACR 1:  Add restrictions to the Sitka Sound Herring Fishery to protect Salisbury Sound (section 13A) stocks

ACR 11:  Review of the demersal shelf rockfish management to avoid unattended closures in sport fishery submitted by Sitka Charter Boat Operators Assoc.

ACR 24:  Have state halibut regulations mirror federal regulations for consistencey with the North Pacific Halibut Act and international treaty.

Proposals can be viewed at

Comments can be sent to Board of Fish through September 21st.

SEAFA’s Comments:  BoF ACR Comments 9.07


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Ed Rasmusson Submits Resignation to the NPFMC

Ed Rasmusson submitted his resignation to the N0rth Pacific Fisheries Management Council effective January 1, 2008.

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Petition for Lynn Canal Herring Stocks to be Listed under the Endangered Species Act

     The Juneau Group of the Sierra Club submitted a peition to list the Lynn Canal Distinct Population segment of the Pacific Herring under the Endangered Species Act.  National Marine Fisheries Service is taking comments on the petition between now and December 10th, 2007.  Additional information on the request for information from NMFS and the Petition can be viewed on NMFS website:

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High Seas Drift Netter Being Turned Over to Chinese Authorities

The Coast Guard issued a press release on the 7th of September outlining a joint investigation into a fishing vessel suspected of illegal high seas drift net fishing five hundred miles east of Hokkaido, Japan.  The US Coast Guard with a Chinese Fisheries Enforcement Officer onboard, intercepted and boarded the Lu Rong Yu 6007 and are now escorting the vessel until it can be transferred to the custody of a Chinese Fisheries enforcement cutter.  They verified that the vessel was rigged for large scale high-seas drift net fishing and the cargo hold was full of various species of fish including shark and swordfish.  They also spotted an additional 3,000 yeards of nearby drift nets in the water which the Lu Rong Yu 6007 claimed was not his.

The full press release is at

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October NPFMC meeting will be reviewing the allocation and compensated reallocation Analysis

Your attendance to protect your IFQ investment is needed at the October or December Council meeting.  In October the Council will do the initial review of the halibut charter allocation and compensated reallocation plans with final action scheduled for December.  SEAFA has made arrangements at the Historic Anchorage Hotel or Howard Johnsons for a group rate on hotel rooms.  To get the code for the group rate call the SEAFA office at 586-6652.  Please let us know if you will be attending the October or December meeting so that we can keep you informed of any strategy meetings planned during the Council meeting.

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Redfern Submits Application for Hoverbarge

The Tulsequah Chief Mine filed their application for use of a hoverbarge to move the mine ore downriver to Juneau for shipment on AML up to Skagway and then to the bulk ore facility to be loaded on oceangoing freighters.  They expect that the hoverbarge will take one trip a day but this could be delayed if necessary.  State of Alaska is reviewing the plan but has not had time to determine if the application holds sufficient detail to make a decision but will weigh in on the Canadian application process.  The hoverbarge is is a vessel that rides on a cushion of air and can transit the river even at low water.  The barge will be towed during high water by a shallow-draft tug and by an “amphitrac” during most of the year. The amphitrac is an amphibious vehicle that can move from water to dry ground.

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Charlie Swanton Appointed Director of Sport Fish

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Aug. 6, 2007

Charlie Swanton Appointed Director of Sport Fish for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game

JUNEAU – Commissioner Denby Lloyd today announced the appointment of Charlie Swanton as director of the Division of Sport Fish for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). Currently, Swanton is the Southeast Regional supervisor for Sport Fish with the department.

“Charlie brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the director’s job,” said Commissioner Lloyd in announcing the appointment. “He has worked all over Alaska, and he’s dedicated and enthusiastic about creating sport fishing opportunities for all Alaskans.”

Swanton earned degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Washington. He began his career with ADF&G in various research positions with the Division of Commercial Fisheries, but more recently has been the regional management supervisor and Southeast Regional Supervisor with the Division of Sport Fish. Charlie’s career has given him exposure to fisheries in the Chignik and Kodiak areas, throughout the broad Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region based out of Fairbanks, and in Southeast Alaska.

“I’m extremely pleased that Charlie agreed to bring his skills and intelligence to this important position,” Lloyd said. Swanton’s first official day as Sport Fish Director will be Aug. 13.

Swanton replaces outgoing Sport Fish Director Kelly Hepler, who served in that role for seven years. Hepler leaves the job after a distinguished 28-year career at ADF&G.

The Division of Sport Fish is responsible for fisheries stock assessment and management, development of public access for sport fishing and boating, hatcheries, and planning, information and education services. The division employs more than 400 full-time and seasonal employees and has an annual budget of more than $40 million.

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Icicle Seafoods bought by Private Equity Firm

The Board of Directors approved a merger and is encouraging the stockholders to accept the agreement with Fox Paine Management III, LLC, a private equity firm based in San Francisco and New York.  The merger was announced on Sunday, August 5th, 2007.  Don Giles will remain the President and CEO.

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ADFG Announces the Closure of the Commerical King Crab Season for the fall of 2007

ADFG announced the early closure of District 11-A to the personal use fishery as of Saturday July 14th because of the low survey results and that the commerical season would be closed this year.  The announcement is on the ADFG website at

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