I prepared the attached document for the halibut charter stakeholder meeting Feb. 27th and 28th in Anchorage.Â 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.Â Long Term Halibut Solutions discussion paper
John Hilsinger has been named Director of Commercial Fisheries and Patti Nelson will be the Deputy Director of Commercial Fisheries.Â Announced at the same time was teh appointment of Kenton Taylor as deputy commissioner of ADFG.Â
John Hilsinger has been involved in the department both in research and management of commercial and subsistence fisheries throughout central, western and northern Alaska.
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.
I had some computer difficulties last week and lost my email address book.Â If you see this would you help me out and send me an email to email@example.com .Â This will help facilitate reentering all the email addresses so that I can send out information.Â In the meantime, while I am rebuilding the address book, watch theÂ SEAFA websiteÂ for information.Â Thanks,
The Council is moving forward the charter moratorium with final action hopefully at the March/April council meeting.Â
Â Regarding VMS the Council has indefinitely suspended action at this time.Â VMS will likely come back again.Â NMFS and CG were told that if they wanted to bring the issue back they would need to better define what specific management problems they are addressing and providing a range of alternatives that include non-VMS options.Â Representative Bill Thomas working with Council member Eric Olsen was able to get a letter against VMS signed by 16 AK legislators.
Notice was given to initiate an analysis for 3A management measures to mimic the analysis for 2C.
NMFS was asked about the secretarial review of the 2007 IPHC regulations.Â NMFS responded that the commercial catch limits will be approved in time for the start of the 2007 IFQ season.Â The Secretary of Commerce is deferring approval of the bag limits for charters for now.Â If teh Secretary of Commerce decides to not approve the bag limits, then there will have to be a rationale provided to the IPHC.Â NMFS is still looking at alternative measures such as a trophy fish but this would have to be implemented through a rule making an analysis.Â If the bag limits are not approved, it does not change the previous approval of the commercial catch limits.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the guideline
harvest level (GHL) for the 2007 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 11,904 tons.
The gillnet announcement was made earlier in the year.
The Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) for the Seymour Canal sac roe
fishery is 1,292 tons.
On the discussion board – Coast Guard section we have started to new posts.
One deals with the push back east to require fishing vessel captains to be licensed.Â This push is for congressional action to require the licensing based on a New Bedford tradegy.Â Remind you of the “fishing vessel safety requirement act”?
The second issue is if you have Coast Guard license, you will need a new ID card called a transporation workers identity certification (TWIC).Â This forum will lead you to additional information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2007Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No. 07-06Â
Contact: Geron Bruce at (907) 465-6151Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
(Juneau) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has released its annual salmon harvest forecast for 2007, and is projecting that the Alaska statewide commercial salmon harvest will be significantly larger this year than it was in 2006. The pink salmon harvest is expected to be higher than last yearâ€™s, the sockeye salmon catch is expected to be similar to that in 2006, and chum salmon harvests are expected to be higher than in 2006.Â
The 2007 commercial catch all-species projection of 179 million includes estimates of 789,000 Chinook salmon, 40.9 million sockeye salmon, 4.8 million coho salmon, 108 million pink salmon, and 24.8 million chum salmon.Â
At this time last year, ADF&G biologists were expecting an all-species commercial catch of 167 million for the 2006 season. As it turned out, the all-species catch reached 141 million. In 2006, the overall catch of pink salmon was 73 million compared to the preseason projection of 108 million. The lower-than-expected pink salmon catch in 2006 was due to a very weak 2006 pink salmon run to southern Southeast Alaska.Â The overall chum salmon catch was 21.1 million compared to the preseason projection of 17.6 million.Â
If realized, both the 2007 commercial catch all-species projection harvest of 179 million salmon and the 2007 pink salmon harvest of 108 million fish would be among the top ten harvests since 1960.Â The 2007 chum salmon harvest projection of 24.8 million salmon, if accurate, would mean a record harvest this year. The projected 2007 Chinook salmon harvest of 789,000 salmon would be the second largest harvest in the past ten years if realized. The 2007 sockeye salmon harvest of 40.9 million salmon is on a par with harvests in the past three seasons.Â Â
These forecasts are based on quantitative projections of next yearâ€™s salmon run using information on previous spawning levels, smolt outmigrations, returns of sibling age classes, and recent survival rates observed for hatchery releases.Â
The annual salmon harvest forecast is available online at http://www.sf.adfg.ak.us/FedAidpdfs/sp07-01.pdfÂ Â
For inseason harvest information, postseason statistics, and other information about salmon in Alaska on the World Wide Web, go to http:///www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/Â
The shrimp task force will meet by teleconference February 9, 2007 at 8:30 AM.Â Teleconference sites will be the ADFG offices of Juneau, Haines, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Sitka.
A project near Angoon is among a number approved by the Federal Subsistence Board for its Subsistence Fisheries Monitoring Plan.
It will count sockeye salmon escapement into Kanalku Lake near the Southeast village, through the use of a weir.
The lake is one of several sockeye salmon systems in Chatham Strait. The Federal Subsistence Board says information on escapement is needed to manage both the subsistence and commercial fisheries.
The plan covers 34 projects and costs $3 point 5 Million.