Salmon Task Force Meeting Agendas

Below are the agenda’s for the gillnet and seine task force meetings.  AND the Presentations for the meetings

GNTF Agenda 2015_draft  December 2nd NSRAA Conference Room Sitka 9:00 AM

PSTF Agenda 2015_draft  December 1st NSRAA Conference Room 9:00 AM

2015 GNTF D11 Mgmt final

2015 GNTF D15 Mgmt final

2015 GNTF D68 Mgmt final

2015 GNTF Ktn Mgmt final

2015 PSTF JNU Mgmt final

2015 PSTF Ktn Mgmt FINAL

2015 PSTF PSG Mgmt final

2015 PSTF STK Mgmt final


DIPAC Gillnet Task Force Meeting 2015

NSRAA 2015 Returns-2016 Forecast

2015 SSRAA Returns – 2016 Forecast

2015 TF ADFG Budget Picture

ADF&G Escapement Gillnet 2015

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Regional Planning Team (RPT) Meeting December 3, 2015

This is a reminder of the Fall 2015 Regional Planning Team (RPT) meeting to be held December 3rd at the NSRAA Boardroom in Sitka. The meeting will include a hatchery permit review, for Armstrong-Keta, Inc. to use a portion of the existing Little Port Walter Hatchery (NOAA) for production of king salmon. There will also be three possible permit alteration request (PAR) reviews for NSRAA. Two of those PARs concern moving a portion of the current chum salmon production at Takatz Bay to either Port Malmsbury or Thomas Bay as way to increase marine survival. The last PAR concerns releasing chum salmon at Gunnuk Creek to provide a broodstock return to Gunnuk Creek Hatchery (this PAR is still being processed).

In addition to the RPT meeting, an industry driven meeting will be held on the evening of December 2nd to discuss the “Twenty-year Retrospective” which is being developed by the RPT. That meeting will also be held in the NSRAA Boardroom with the suggested meeting time of 7pm.

Workshop agenda draft 12.8.09

2015-10-27 HF-Port Malmsbury chum ap

2015-10-27 HF-Thomas Bay chum ap

2015-10-30 Little Port Walter Hatchery Permit Application

2015-2-20 MFA AKI – Little Port Walter Hatchery

Twenty year Retrospective Allocation

At the NSRAA Board Meeting Friday November 13, 2015 the Board voted to approve moving 6 million chum from Hidden Falls to Thomas Bay.

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Southeast 2016 Pink Salmon Forecast

ADF&G issued their news release for the 2016 pink salmon forecast. They are predicting a return of 34 million which is below the 10 year average of 38 million and just above the return for 2015 at 31.5 million.

The Bristol Bay sockeye salmon forecast if for 29.5 Million salmon. The Bay harvested 35.7 million in 2015.

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USCG Presentation on Alternative Compliance Safety Program and other regulations

At the UFA meeting we also received from the USCG an update of the upcoming regulations from the Coast Guard Act of 2010.  One of the new programs besides the coast guard dockside exams if you fish outside of 3 miles is the Alternative Compliance Safety Program (ACSP).  This is a program that will affect commercial fishing vessels or tenders 25 years or older in 2020 (otherwise any boat built before 1995) or completes a major conversion; 50 ft overall in length; and fishes beyond 3 NM.  If you fit in this category, open up the presentation below.  This program is suppose to be in place by 2017.

USCG UFA Oct2015



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At the UFA meeting we had a lot of presenters about the State’s fiscal situation and varies departments the commercial fishing industry depends upon. Here are some of the presentations. If you have any questions, please call the office at 907-586-6652

ADF&G for UFA Briefing Document 10-27-15

Fiscal Stability UFA 10 27 15

ASMI UFA 2015 Presentation

Board of Fish / Board Support

STATE of Alaska BUDGET Information


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IPHC SE Port Presentation

IPHC visited the SE ports of Sitka and Petersburg last week and gave a presentation. This is the slides that were used in the presentation. If you have any questions, please call the SEAFA office.

IPHC 2015 SE port tour 10.31.15

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Salmon Task Force Meetings

Purse Seine Task Force meeting: December 1, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Drift Gillnet Task Force meeting: December 2, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Enhanced salmon allocation review meeting: Dec. 2nd from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Southeast Alaska RPT meeting: December 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

All Meetings will be held in the NSRAA Conference Room in Sitka

The Enhanced salmon allocation review meeting will be discussing the draft Twenty year Retrospective Allocation 10.13.15

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Red King Crab 2015 Survey Information

As there will not be a red king crab season this fall, ADFG has released the survey data. A threshold of 200,000 lbs is necessary for a season and the current harvestable estimate is 82,697 pounds.

RKC management memo 2015 FINAL non-confidential copy 10.10.15

RKC stock assessment memo 2015_final copy 10.10.15

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Armstrong Keta Hatchery Spring Newsletter

View the newsletter for theAKI Hatchery below


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USCG Marine Safety Bulletin

The purpose of this Bulletin is to remind the commercial fishing industry about safety and equipment requirements established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 as well as other applicable laws. These new requirements are scheduled to go into effect by the date(s) set forth under the law.

Mandatory Dockside Safety Examinations: Both Acts mentioned above directed that both State-registered and Federally-documented vessels that meet the following criteria, receive a safety examination no later than October 15, 2015, the date this requirement is scheduled to take effect. The criteria includes: operating beyond 3 nautical miles of the baseline of the U.S. territorial sea or the coastline of the Great Lakes and operating anywhere with more than 16 individuals on board (either inside 3 miles of the baseline or beyond 3 miles of the baseline). These vessels will need to complete this dockside safety examination at least once every 5 years, however, some vessels, depending on their operation or areas of service, may be subject to a more frequent examination schedule.
If you have had your vessel examined recently, the safety decal will remain valid until its expiration and you will be considered in complaince. If you do not have a valid safety decal after October 15, 2015, you could be subject to a civil penalty or operational controls that may affect your ability to fish. To help alleviate last minute exam scheduling backlogs, do not wait until the last minute to request an examination.

Survival Craft: The Acts also deleted the words “lifeboats or liferafts,” and replaced them with, “a survival craft that ensures that no part of an individual is immersed in water…” This means that all commercial fishing industry vessels operating beyond 3 nautical miles of the base line or the coastline of the Great Lakes will be required to carry a survival craft that keeps you out of the water (i.e., a lifeboat, inflatable liferaft, or inflatable buoyant apparatus) in the event of an abandon ship need. Current life floats and buoyant apparatus are not designed to keep an individual out of the water when used in an emergency. This requirement for a survival craft, such as a lifeboat, inflatable liferaft, or inflatable buoyant apparatus that keeps one out of the water, is scheduled to go into effect on February 16, 2016.

AIS: Effective March 2, 2016 all comercial vessels including fishing vessels over 65 feet will be required to carry either a Class A or Class B Automatic Indentification System (AIS). The AIS is a shipboard broadcast system that acts like a transponder, operating in the VHF maritime band. Picture a
shipboard radar or an electronic chart display that includes a symbol for every significant ship within radio range, each as desired with a velocity vector (indicating speed and heading). Each ship “symbol” can reflect the actual size of the ship, with position to GPS or differential GPS accuracy. By “clicking” on a ship symbol, you can learn the ship name, course and speed, classification, call sign, registration number, MMSI, and other information.

Questions regarding these requirements should be forwarded to the First District Office at 617-223-8315 or to your local Sector Vessel Examiner. The examiners and other information can be found on the web site, Click on local examiners on the left side drop down menu. This bulletin was published for informational purposes only.

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