NPFMC Meeting

The NPFMC took final action today March 30th on the moratorium.  The minimum amount of bottomfish effort necessary to qualify for a moratorium permit is 5 trips in either 2004 or 2005 and the year prior to  implementation.  Any business owners that qualify a vessel for less than 15 bottomfish trips will receive a non-transferable permit until the long term solution is acted on, at that point they might receive something different or not qualify.

Next the NPFMS took action on GHL 2C management measures by requesting the analysis be released for public review with final action scheduled in June 2007 and started an analysis for 3A management measures.

The NPFMC is still hearing public testimony on the halibut allocation issue and state delegation. 

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HB 186

HB 186 to allow ADFG to share sportfish charter data with NMFS and NMFS enforcement was passed out of the House and was transmitted to the Senate on March 30, 2007. 

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Dogfish

Under the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species they are looking to list spiny dogfish as a species in danger.  This is due to the population decline in the European Countries.

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=3416cab2-86df-49bd-bdc5-eb4759500ef4

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L27789282.htm

 

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HB 186 Passes Out of Fishery Committee

HB 186, the legislation that allows ADFG to share charter logbook data and licensing with NMFS, IPHC and NOAA enforcement passed out of house fisheries committee today March 21, and will next go to  the Resources committee. This is one of the pieces needed to deal with the halibut charter issue.

http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?session=25&bill=hb+186

 

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Shrimp Task Force Meeting Notes

Attached are the final notes from this years shrimp task force meeting.

Shrimp Task Force Meeting Notes

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Shrimp Task Force Meeting Notes

Attached are the final notes from this years shrimp task force meeting.

Shrimp Task Force Meeting Notes

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Coast Guard to be in Sitka for Dockside Exams and for Herring Fishery

COAST GUARD TO MONITOR 2007 SITKA SOUND SAC ROE HERRING FISHERY

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard has developed a multi-pronged approach to improve the safety of fishermen participating in the 2007 Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery.  The opener is slated to begin sometime in the next week or two, pursuant to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s (ADF&G) assessment of herring stocks.  Collisions between fishing vessels have occurred in the past during this fishery in which approximately fifty purse seiners compete in a limited area for the few hours the nets are allowed in the water.

In preparation for the opener, teams of Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Examiners have deployed to Sitka to conduct free dockside safety exams to participating vessels.  Examiners award decals to vessels that are able to demonstrate full compliance with federal safety regulations. 

When Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) declares the fishery open, a Coast Guard cutter will be on scene to respond to vessel casualties or incidents that involve negligent or unsafe navigation.  Teams from the cutter will also board fishing vessels to check for safety violations.  Fishing vessels that have recently earned decals as a result of dock-side exams will be less likely to face Coast Guard boardings during this opener and throughout the 12 months the decals are valid.

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Navigation Aids – Need to comment on these

Sir/Ma’am;

The U.S. Coast Guard plans to disestablish several aids to navigation in southeast Alaska. Before we finalize the paperwork, we would like to receive your input on whether you use these aids to navigation and whether you support or do not support the disestablishment. The following aids to navigation are slated to be removed:

a. Deer Harbor Entrance Bell Buoy 1 (LLNR 1060)

b. Tebenkof Bay Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 23500)

c. Tebenkof Bay Light 1 (LLNR 23495)

d. Sullivan Island Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 23875)

e. Star Rock Bell Buoy (LLNR 1045)

f. Hood Bay Entrance Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 23995)

g. Hood Bay Buoy 1 (LLNR 24000)

If you have any feedback on this proposal, please e-mail your comments to me at david.c.wohlers@uscg.mil

Thank you in advance for your time and feedback.

Sincerely,

LTJG David Wohlers

U.S. Coast Guard District 17 Waterways Management Branch

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DIPAC Request for Proposals – Snettisham Sockeye Cost Recovery

DIPAC is looking for harvesters to harvest surplus sockeye salmon expected to return to the Speel Arm SHA in Port Snettisham for the 2007 season.  The forecast for the cost recovery harvest is approximately 75,000 adult sockeye; the actual return may be lower or higher than this midpoint estimate.  Run timing varies, but generally falls within the period of July 20th through September 1st.  DIPAC is looking for the services of one seiner and one gillnetter and an experienced fisherman to operate the corporation’s small, shallow gillnet vessel for the entire season.  For additional information Contact Eric Prestgard at DIPAC at 907-463-1628

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Governor Submits Nominations to NPFMC

Governor Submits Nominations to NPFMC

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07-056 

Governor Palin Submits Nominations to North Pacific Fishery Management Council 

March 15, 2007, Juneau, AK – Governor Sarah Palin today nominated six Alaskans to fill two seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The Governor sent the following names to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce: Duncan Fields, Jeff Stephan, Gale Vick, Beth Stewart, Nancy Munro, and Sam Cotten. 

“I am proud to forward these names to the Secretary for service on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which deals with so many issues of great importance to Alaskans,” said Governor Palin. “Each of these nominees offers a special set of skills and unique perspective. The Council has some difficult and significant decisions to make in the next few years, and I’m confident that these candidates will put the best interests of Alaskans first.” 

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976 (later renamed the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act) to oversee management of the nation’s fisheries. The Council has jurisdiction over 900,000 square miles off Alaska, and the primary responsibility for managing groundfish. 

The Act requires governors to provide a minimum of three candidates for each applicable vacancy. The terms of Doug Hoedel of Kodiak and NPFMC Chair Stephanie Madsen of Juneau will expire in August 2007. 

The nominations are due to the Secretary of Commerce by March 15, 2007. The Secretary is expected to name the two members in June 2007. 

Those nominated by Governor Palin are: 

Duncan Fields 

Duncan Fields has been an active commercial fisherman since 1960. He and his extended family own and operate salmon set-net sites on Kodiak Island. He has served on the NPFMC Advisory Panel since 2001. Fields is also the chairman of the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board, a board member of United Fishermen of Alaska and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. 

Jeff Stephan 

Jeff Stephan served as a voting member of NPFMC from 1982 to 1985, and served for 13 years on the Council’s advisory panel. He is currently the chairman of the Council’s IFQ Implementation and Cost Recovery Committee. 

Gale Vick 

Gale Vick is the executive director of the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition, a non-profit organization that represents the fisheries interests and access of Gulf of Alaska communities. She is a Prince William Sound drift net permit holder and an active member of the North Pacific Research Board Advisory Panel. 

Beth Stewart 

Beth Stewart has served as the director of Natural Resources Department for the Aleutians East Borough for 15 years. Her job includes working directly with the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the NPFMC to relay local concerns. Stewart served as executive director of the Alaska Board of Fisheries and Alaska Board of Game from 1983-1989. She is also a former member of the NPFMC Advisory Panel. 

Nancy Munro 

Nancy Munro is the President of Alaska-based Saltwater, Inc., a leading firm in recruiting and deploying biological observers. Munro has experience working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the NPFMC. She served as chairman of the Council Advisory Panel in the 1980s. 

Sam Cotten 

Sam Cotten has served as a resource analyst and consultant for the Aleutians East Borough since 2001. His duties include attending NPFMC meetings, and presenting testimony to the Council, the Advisory Panel and the Scientific and Statistical Committee. He is a current member of the NPFMC Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee and a past member of the NPFMC Communities Committee. Cotten served in the Alaska State Legislature for nearly two decades, serving one term as Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

 

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