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

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

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 or at       

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Halibut Stakeholder Meeting Information

We have decided to post all the information rather than email it out to members.  Additional information can be found at the NPFMC halibut stakeholder webpage.

If you have any questions, please call the SEAFA office 586-6652

Halibut Charter Long Term Solution Discussion Paper – SEAFA

SEAFA Report on Halibut Charter Stakeholder Meeting Feb. 2007

Rasmuson Halibut Charter Plan

Crossover Proposal – Funding mechanism for interim period in converting QS to charter sector

Harvest Ticket Proposal by Rex Murphy


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SEAFA Members

I still have not had time to recover all the email addresses.  I wrote a report regarding the halibut stakeholder Meeting on Feb 27th and 28th.  If you didn’t receive a copy, please drop me an email requesting it and I’ll send the report and get you reentered into the database at the same time.  Thanks and sorry about the inconvience.


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Wild Salmon High in Vitamin D that Helps Fight Cancer

The evidence for vitamin D as a powerful cancer-preventer continues to grow at a rapid rate.The results of two new data analyses indicate that high dietary intake of the “sunshine-and-seafood” vitamin can cut the risk of colon and breast cancers by 50 percent.

The Boston University team found that Wild Salmon (unspecified species) had 988 IU of vitamin D per 3.5 oz serving, which is 147 percent more than the US RDA for vitmain D (400 IU).
And Farmed Salmon had only 25 percent of the vitamin D content of Wild Salmon (245 IU).

Vitamin D in Vital Choice fish*
(3.5 oz servings)
International Units (IU)
Sockeye Salmon 687
Albacore Tuna  544
Silver Salmon 430
King Salmon 236
Sardines 222
Sablefish 169
Halibut 162
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Hogarth Overturns IPHC Decision to Limit Charter Catch

At the January 2007 IPHC meeting, the IPHC recommended a one fish bag limit for 6 weeks in 2C and 2 weeks in 3A.  Yesterday, Hogarth from NMFS announced that the Secretary of State and Secretary of Commerce rejected the regulations and instead NMFS will announce later this week other alternatives to restrict the charter catch.

Anchorage Daily News published an article today Feb. 28th posted at the following link.

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Some background information on the Halibut Charter Issues

I prepared the attached document for the halibut charter stakeholder meeting Feb. 27th and 28th in Anchorage.  The purpose of the paper is to try and determine that all the stakeholders are on the same page as to what is in the plan and what we have discussed and dropped.  Long Term Halibut Solutions discussion paper

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Director of Commercial Fisheries Chosen

John Hilsinger has been named Director of Commercial Fisheries and Patti Nelson will be the Deputy Director of Commercial Fisheries.  Announced at the same time was teh appointment of Kenton Taylor as deputy commissioner of ADFG. 

John Hilsinger has been involved in the department both in research and management of commercial and subsistence fisheries throughout central, western and northern Alaska.

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Out of State couple cited in Hoonah for Unlawful sport fishing

Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Troopers in Hoonah have cited a couple for claiming to be Alaska residents on their sport fishing licenses when they aren’t.

Mark C. Warner, 67, and 66 year old Linda H. Warner, both of Bountiful, Utah, face five counts each of unsworn falsification.

Investigation determined they’ve been doing this since 2000.

Arraignment is scheduled in Hoonah District Court on March 7.

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