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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Halibut Charter Moratorium Analysis Public Draft Now Available

The public draft of the moratorium analysis is now posted.

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/halibut_issues/moratorium307.pdf

The Council is meeting and planning on taking final action on the moratorium at their meeting in Anchorage March 28 – April 3.  Written comments should be into the Council by March 21st.  Also on the agenda for consideration are:Review discussion paper on State Delegation; Initial review of 2C management measures for 2008 and initiate an analysis for 3A management measures; Discuss paper and action as necessary on Charter Halibut allocation; and review of sportfish mortality and ADFG logbook data.

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Wild vs Farmed Salmon

The following excerpt tells about a report that the World Wildlife Fund just released followed by a link to the full report.

The Great Salmon Run is a 2007 report on the economic interactions between wild and farmed salmon. The report shows that over the past decade, the rapid growth in farmed salmon has dramatically increased total salmon supply, changed the kinds of salmon products that are available, altered the timing of production and raised market quality standards. These drastic changes have raised economic, environmental and trade questions. TRAFFIC’s report makes specific recommendations to policymakers, environmental groups and the fishing industry to address those

http://www.worldwildlife.org/trade/salmonreport.cfm

 

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Larry Edfelt appointed to Board of Fish

Governor Palin Fills Vacancy on Board of Fisheries 

 

March 8, 2007, Juneau, AK – Governor Palin today announced the appointment of Juneau resident, Larry Edfelt, to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.  Edfelt previously served on the board from 1992-1997.“I am honored that someone of Larry’s stature and experience has agreed to come back and serve the state again on this important board,” said Governor Palin.  “He’s familiar with Alaska fisheries from a number of vantage points.  His vision and temperament are just what this board needs.” 

 

Edfelt retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in 1986, after a distinguished 23-year career.  He served as a fisheries biologist, Deputy Director of Commercial Fisheries, and Assistant Executive Director of the Boards of Fisheries and Game before his retirement.  He has also worked as a charter boat owner and operator.  Edfelt is well known around Alaska for his humorous columns published in the Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Daily News. 

 

The seven members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries are appointed by the Governor, subject to legislative confirmation, to conserve and develop the fishery resources of the state.  This involves setting seasons, bag limits, methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries, and it also involves setting policy and direction for the management of the state’s fishery resources.  The board is charged with making allocative decisions, while the Department of Fish and Game is responsible for management based on those decisions. 

 

Edfelt will participate as a voting member at the Board’s next meeting, from March 9th to March 13th in Anchorage, during which the board will take up statewide finfish and supplemental issues.  If confirmed by the Legislature, Edfelt will fill the seat vacated by Rupe Andrews of Juneau, who resigned last month. 

 

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Icicle Press Release

News Release

7 March 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Icicle Seafoods, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent formation of SALMONES AYSEN, S.A., a Chilean company with headquarters in Santiago, Chile. Icicle’s partner in this new enterprise is Mr. Pablo Baraona, formerly of Salmones Tecmar, S.A. SALMONES AYSEN’s operations will consist of the production of farm salmon and trout in southern Chile’s Eleventh Region.

Icicle Seafoods, an Alaska corporation founded in 1965, is a diversified seafood company with several on-shore and floating processing facilities operating throughout Alaska in most major fisheries. It is currently one of the largest processors of wild salmon in the world. Mr. Baraona was one of the principals of Salmones Tecmar, S.A. and has been involved in the salmon business in Chile since 1992. Tecmar was sold to Fjord Seafoods in 2000.

Don Giles, Icicle’s President & CEO said, “Our company has had a 15-year relationship with Mr. Baraona and his team in Chile. We think this is an ideal fit, combining Icicle’s global marketing efforts and product diversity with Mr. Baraona’s experience and expertise in the salmon industry in Chile.” Giles further stated, “While we know this may give some of our friends in Alaska some heartburn, our commitment to Alaska and Alaska wild salmon is unwavering as evidenced by our recent acquisitions of two salmon plants in Alaska the past two years, as well as the addition of Kelley-Clarke Seafood, Inc. in 2005. Most of our wild salmon customers worldwide also use farmed salmon and are demanding control and accountability from the water to their door. With this new venture we can give them the same assurance and accountability as we do with our wild Alaskan products.”

Mr. Baraona said, “My team and I are excited to be partnered with Icicle in this project. Our experiences and business together over the years has been both positive and successful for all concerned, and we look forward to working together to make SALMONES AYSEN a success.”

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News Release from NMFS on Halibut Charter

Contact:          Sheela McLean                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(907) 586-7032                                               March 6, 2007
                                                 
NOAA FISHERIES BEGINS RULEMAKING FOR CHARTER HALIBUT FISHING
IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA

Despite recent rejections of new restrictions to the Alaska halibut charter boat fleet, NOAA Fisheries Service and the state Department of Fish and Game are working to develop new management measures to help fishers avoid exceeding harvest levels.
NOAA Fisheries Service Alaska Region has initiated a rule-making process that will make changes in regulations for fishing for the charter halibut industry in southeast Alaska (area 2C).
This year, the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) recommended that the United States impose bag limit reductions on the sport charter fleet operating in south central (area 3A) and southeast Alaska. The IPHC recommendation came in response to the sport charter fleet having exceeded guideline harvest levels established by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
On March 1, 2007, the U.S. Department of State informed the IPHC that the United States did not accept the IPHC recommendation that concerned the reduction of daily bag limits for halibut caught from sport charter vessels in areas 2C and 3A. NOAA Fisheries Service is concerned that with the rejection of restrictions on the charter halibut boat fishing, recommended harvest limits will be exceeded.
“The specifics of the new restrictions will obviously need to be resolved through analysis of available biological, catch, and effort data as well as evaluation of public comments obtained during the rule making process. It is our intention to have the new rule in effect by June 1, 2007,” said Doug Mecum, acting Alaska regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries.
“We believe it is appropriate to focus our efforts on analysis of alternatives for area 2C that include a two-halibut bag limit, with one of those halibut required to be of a certain size, for example a 32-inch minimum size, a trophy minimum size, or a slot limit,” Mecum added.
All of the other recommendations proposed by the IPHC were accepted.
The Alaska region of NOAA Fisheries is working with the state Department of Fish and Game to identify and discuss management measures other than a one-fish bag limit that could achieve halibut mortality reductions consistent with the goals of the IPHC recommendations. For example, in area 3A, a department of fish and game emergency order will restrict fishing for charter halibut skippers and crew in order to reduce halibut mortality by an amount comparable to the June 15 to June 30 one-fish bag limit proposed by the IPHC. This action will eliminate the need for federal rule making for the area 3A charter fishery.
Because the skipper and crew restriction alone is not adequate to reduce charter halibut mortality in area 2C to desired levels, NOAA Fisheries has initiated the separate regulatory action to address this issue. In addition to halibut mortality savings, the objective of NOAA Fisheries in implementing the substitute restrictions for area 2C are to minimize negative impacts on the charter fishery and its sport fishing clients, the coastal communities that serve as home ports for this fishery, and on fisheries for other species.
NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources through scientific research, management, enforcement, and the conservation of marine mammals and other protected marine species and their habitat. To learn more about NOAA Fisheries in Alaska, please visit our websites at
www.fakr.noaa.gov or at www.afsc.noaa.gov       
                                                                                                           

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