Alcohol Testing Strips Just Arrived

SEAFA will be sending out FREE to our members this years supply of alcohol testing strips.  We just received them and will be sending out 2 test strips for each boat.  If more is needed, please contact us.

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Bush’s Recovery Plan for Salmon Rejected

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld U.S. District Judge James Redden’s order requiring the dams to sacrifice power production to help juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean.

It also keeps open the possibility that Redden could order four dams on the lower Snake River in eastern Washington breached to restore salmon — a step he has said he would be willing to take

To read the full article published by the Seattle Times – click on the link below.

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=salmondams10m&date=20070410&query=salmon+dams

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Pot Shrimp Survey Charter Bid Packets Available from ADFG

POT SHRIMP SURVEY CHARTER BID PACKETS AVAILABLE

Juneau. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that bid packets are available in

Douglas, Petersburg, Sitka, and Ketchikan offices to conduct a pot survey to assess stocks of spot and

coonstripe shrimp populations in Districts 3, 7, 12, and 13 of Southeast Alaska. Details of the survey

including a work summary, and minimum qualifications follow. Bid packets are due in the Douglas office

by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 2, 2007. The contract will be awarded by May 15 to the lowest

qualifying bidder, after a 5 percent Alaska bidder’s preference is applied.

WORK SUMMARY

The primary purpose of this work is to obtain a pre-season index of abundance for spot shrimp in some

productive fishing areas in Districts 3, 7, 12, and 13 of Southeast Alaska. Survey work will be conducted

for 16 pulling days, in 4 areas with running time between areas, several crew swaps, and gear pickups and

drop offs before and after the survey. Six research sets of 10 longlined pots each will be pulled daily.

Except in District 7, an additional cost recovery/exploratory set of 10 longlined vessel pots may be made

daily, with a maximum of 4 per area. Pots will be set beginning the afternoon of Tuesday, September 4,

2007 and the final day of pulling pots for the trip will be Thursday, September 26. The vessel must be

capable of housing three ADF&G biologists in addition to the vessels minimum crew of 3. Because

shrimp captured will be retained for cost-recovery, the vessel must be capable of processing and freezing

shrimp onboard and the contractor must possess all of the licenses and certifications required to do so.

All marketable shrimp caught during the trip will be the property of the contractor however must be

recorded on the department’s gear card.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

The contractor must have commercial experience fishing for shrimp with pots in Southeast

Alaska as documented by fish ticket landings.

Vessel must be at least 50 ft in overall length and capable of processing and freezing shrimp.

Deck must have 50 square feet of sheltered area for shrimp sampling, and a sheltered marine

head.

Operational DGPS, 24-mile radar, color video sounder, and VHF are required.

The winning bidder may be required to make the vessel available for inspection in Juneau,

Ketchikan, Petersburg or Sitka between May 15 and May 30, 2007.

Pot shrimp charter bid packets page 2 of 2 April 10, 2007 The contractor will be responsible for all catching, processing, and marketing all shrimp caught

during the charter and must have all the appropriate licenses to do so.

The contractor will provide a minimum of three crew (skipper + 2 deckhands).

The contractor must have a letter certifying USCG inspection within the prior 12 months and all

U.S. Coast Guard required safety equipment.

The contractor will provide all bait. The baiting protocol for each pot is 1 pint chopped herring

and hanging bait of 1/3 a chum salmon, per pot.

The contractor will furnish all fuel, lubricants, and filters, and at least three meals per day for the

vessel crew and scientific staff.

The contractor will provide all gear for a longlined set of 10 shrimp pots of their choice for the

daily cost-recovery set.

The department will provide the survey pots, bait jars, and bait hangers, ground line marked at

10-fathom intervals, buoy-line, and numbered buoys during survey work.

The contractor will be responsible for setting and retrieving longlined shrimp pot gear.

Vessel must have bunk space for at least three ADF&G biologists and the vessel’s own minimum

required crew of three, including the vessel captain.

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2007 Commercial Troll Chinook Salmon Quotas

ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME

DIVISION OF COMMERCIAL FISHERIES

NEWS RELEASE

Denby S. Lloyd, Commissioner

John Hilsinger, Director

Contact: Petersburg Area Office

Brian Lynch P.O. Box 667

Petersburg, Alaska 99833

Phone: (907) 772-3801

Date: April 10, 2007

Fax: (907) 772-9336

Time: 9:00 a.m.

2007 COMMERCIAL TROLL CHINOOK SALMON QUOTAS

Petersburg. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the commercial troll

fishery pre-season Chinook salmon harvest target for 2007 is 243,741 fish, which is 12,920 fewer than the

2006 target. The Southeast Alaska all-gear quota is 329,392 treaty Chinook, down from last year by

approximately 17,400 fish. The all-gear quota is allocated among commercial and sport fisheries

according to management plans established by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The Chinook salmon quotas

specified by gear group are as follows:

Troll 243,741

Purse seine 14,164

Set and drift gillnet 10,552

Sport 60,935

Total all-gear quota 329,392

Trollers are advised that the catch allocations presented here do not include the majority of Stikine River

Chinook that may be harvested in commercial and sport fisheries in Districts 8. For more information on

this issue, please refer to the news release issued out of the Petersburg office on January 31, 2007.

The reduction in the all-gear quota and the troll allocation could result in reduced fishing time and harvest

opportunities for Chinook salmon in the summer troll fishery. However, because we don’t know what the

final harvest of non-Alaska hatchery fish (Treaty fish) will be in the winter and spring fisheries, the

magnitude of any reduced fishing time will not actually be known until just prior to the first summer

season Chinook salmon opening on July 1. The summer troll quota is calculated by subtracting the winter

and spring fishery Treaty Chinook harvest (there is no specific total limit on the number of Treaty

Chinook that may be harvested in the spring fishery) from the annual troll quota and 70% of the total

summer quota is targeted in the first summer Chinook opening. We anticipate at this time that the first

summer opening will be managed in season rather than for a fixed number of days.

Although the pre-season all-gear and troll Chinook salmon quotas are reduced from the past 4 years, the

2007 quotas are still larger than the quotas allowed from 1985 – 2001 and are very similar to the preseason

quota in 2002 and 2006.

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Waste Generated by Washington Fish Farms

The PR spin on fish farming continues. There was an article in the Bainbridge Island paper.
This is the basis for the amount of pollution that flushes from the salmon farms into Washington waters, which I sent to the reporter:

Arthur Whiteley, using information from the Dept. of Ecology, calculated that the 6 active salmon farms in our state released 4,919,739  lbs. of fish waste into Puget Sound waters in 2005. According to Whiteley, there are 8 licensed farms, and two of these (Site 1, Deepwater Bay and Fort Ward) were fallowed (not used) in the year 2005.  The 4,919,739 lbs of feces came from the farms owned by American Gold Seafoods, LLC.  These are : Clam Bay, Orchard Rocks, Site 2 Deepwater Bay, Site 3 Deepwater Bay, Site 4 Hope Island, Pt. Angeles,   The owners report that they used 7,986,590 kg of feed (17,570,498 lbs) in 2005:  28% of this is 4,919,739 lbs of feces.

Whiteley compares this to 4,009,900 lbs of Total Suspended Solids released by the Seattle West Point Treatment Plant, the facility that treats the sewage of 830,000 residents of Seattle. The Treatment Plant process includes settling, bacterial digestion, re-settling, chlorination to kill the bacteria, dechlorination and then release into Puget Sound.  The cost was $530,000,000 to build the treatment plant, and $80,000,000 a year to operate it, which are valid costs for us to pay to clean up and maintain our aquatic environment.

The six fish farms release 123% as much TTS into Puget Sound marine waters as does the treatment plant.  Whiteley says that “TSS” really should read “Total Solids”, because it includes both suspended solids and the bulk of the feces, which settle rapidly. This material is released untreated and unsterilized directly into Puget Sound. There is no cost to the company for this use of Puget Sound to absorb the pollution flushing from their open cage feedlots.

By Anne Mosness

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Ocean Ranching by Hatcheries is top agriculture Product in Alaska

Ocean Ranching of salmon by our hatcheries is considered largest agricultural industry in Alaska. Laine Welch in her weekly column wrote, “According to the annual report on Alaska’s salmon enhancement programs, nearly 1.5 billion baby salmon were released to the ocean last year, while 48 million returned to their home hatcheries.

Those fish accounted for about 20 percent of Alaska’s total salmon catch last year — and at nearly $59 million, 21 percent of the harvest value.”

http://community.adn.com/?q=adn/node/106424

 

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NMFS Publishes Proposed Rule to Restrict the Halibut Charter Fishery in 2C for 2007

The NMFS has published a proposed rule that would restrict the 2C halibut charter fleet for the 2007 season a 2-fish bag limit but one of the fish must be under 32″.  The expectation is that this will save approximately 400,000 lbs of fish.  This regulation is meant to replace the IPHC recommendation that was rejected by the Sec of State & Sec of Commerce.  NMFS believes that this rule will have less impact on the charter operators, and communities than a one-fish bag limit for 6 weeks.  While a maximum size limit of 32″ on the second fish is not a choice that leaps to the minds of commercial operators as a choice that makes sense,  the thing to keep in mind is that a regulation that restricts the charter industry is being implemented and this rule should be supported with that in mind.  Through the council process we can comment in June on an alternative that we believe would be better for implementation in 2008. 

The attached press release below provides additional information along with links to the analysis for the options considered and to the proposed rule.

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2007/charterhalibut040607.htm

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Pollock Fishery Has High Chinook Bycatch Numbers

Becca Robbins Gisclair works for the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association in Anchorage wrote an opinion piece in the Anchorage Daily News.  Shestates that the Bering Sea/Aleution Island pollock fleet caught 74,000 chinook in 2005; 84,000 chinook in 2006 and 700,000 chums in 2005 and 325,000 chums in 2006.  Two months into the pollock season in 2007 the chinook cycatch is already at 64,000.  Go to attached link for full letter to the editor.

http://www.adn.com/opinion/compass/story/8766800p-8668315c.html

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Salmon Treaty Chinook Numbers Released

The Abundance level (AI) of chinook for the pre-season estimate is 1.60 compared to 1.69 preseason estimate last year.  The final post-season abundance index ended at 1.73.

This abundance index gives Southeast Alaska a harvest quota of 329,400 kings.  This translates into:

Drift Gillnet              9,552

Purse Seine            14,164

Setnet                     1,000

Troll                     243,747

Sport                    60,936

This amounts to 17,000 fish less than last year on the overall quota.

 

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NPFMC Halibut Charter Actions and motions

The NPFMC finished action on halibut charter agenda items 24 hours later than expected at noon on Sunday 4/1/07.  The actual motions are attached at the end of this summary – these motions are what they started with and my notes as they made amendments are handwritten in. 

The NPFMC took final action on the halibut charter moratorium.  The qualifiying criteria is 5 bottomfish trips in 2004 or 2005 and the year prior to implementation.  It is expected that the charter fleet will be operating under the moratorium in 2009.

The NPFMC initiated an action for a halibut charter allocation package.  This was two actions that are linked.  The first action was the allocation amounts that might be determined as a percent of a combined fishery catch limit (floats with the abundance of the biomass) or fixed poundages with stair steps up or down with the biomass.  The ranges for 2C are 12-17% or 1.4Mlbs-1.9Mlbs and in 3A 13-15% or 3.7Mlbs-4.2Mlbs.  This would become a hard allocation with sector accountability in other words if the charter industry exceeds their allocation it will be subtracted from them the following year.  This action was tied to analysis of compensated reallocation mechanisms.  Several council members expressed their opinion that they want initial review of this package in October and final action on the allocation in December.

The NPFMC failed a motion to support the amendment of the halibut act that would allow delegation of authority for management of the halibut charter fishery to the State of Alaska.

The NPFMC released the 2C GHL management measures to the public with final action scheduled for June 2007.  An analysis of 3A management measures was initiated with initial review in June and final action in October.

 The NPFMC also provided the halibut charter stakeholder meeting with some directions.  One that the allocation between the sectors was not to be discussed but a priority was given to work on the compensated reallocation issue followed by work on the long term solutions with a emphasis on the limited entry program rather than the IFQ.

Moratorium

Council Draft of Moratorium Motion

Allocation

2C and 3A GHL management measures

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