At the spring RPT meeting, one of the duties is to review the enhanced salmon allocation plan. Here are some of the slides presented at the meeting.
ADF&G announced the Anita Bay Terminal Harvest Fisheries Announcement today
The USCG has issued for the SE inside waters an exemption from the mandatory dockside examination requirement for commercial fishing vessels fishing outside of three miles. ( SEE MAP for better explanation of waters this exemption pertains to.) This exemption does not waive the necessity of having safety equipment required outside of three miles on-board, it only pertains to the coast guard exam.
The Dept is allowing GKC fishermen an opportunity to review for the next couple of days the draft GHL for the 2015 season. They are accepting feedback over the next couple of days and will finalize the GHL as soon as the Board of Fish meeting is done in Wrangell. Please call the SEAFA office 907-586-6652 or better yet email us firstname.lastname@example.org since we are also at the BOF meeting with your comments and thoughts and we will discuss them with the Dept.
The NMFS 2nd edition of the Black Cod Almanac is now available
Sitka. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the following information concerning the 2015 Southeast Alaska gillnet sac roe herring fisheries:
Seymour Canal (Section 11-D): There will be no commercial fishery. The spawning biomass is forecasted to be 1,666 tons which is below the threshold of 3,000 tons necessary to conduct a fishery.
Hobart Bay/Port Houghton (District 10): There will be no commercial fishery. The spawning biomass is forecasted to be 110 tons which is below the threshold of 2,000 tons necessary to conduct a fishery.
Kah Shakes/Cat Island (Section 1-F): There will be no commercial fishery. No significant spawn event occurred in the Kah Shakes/Cat Island area in 2014 to warrant biomass assessment.
West Behm Canal (Sections 1-E and 1-F): There will be no commercial fishery. The spawning biomass is forecasted to be 3,849 tons which is below the threshold of 6,000 tons necessary to conduct a fishery.
The Southeast Alaska Pot Shrimp Fishery Task Force will meet on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Wrangell Fire Hall. Individuals who wish to participate in this meeting via teleconference should contact Dan Gray (747-6688) or Scott Kelley (465-4258) for instructions. Handout materials will be distributed at the meeting and will also be available at the Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance (SEAFA) website at www.seafa.org prior to the meeting.
Topics for discussion at this meeting will include: 1) a review of the 2014 season; 2) a review of stock status for 2015; 3) a review of experimental strategies in districts 6, 7, and 11; and 4) discussion of regulatory proposals for the 2015 Alaska Board of Fisheries shellfish meeting in Wrangell. Additional discussion items include regional management and economics of the fishery.
Documents will be posted as soon as available
The various Coast Guard re-authorization acts have additional regulations that are being phased in. At the end of this post is a link to the USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin that we summarized this information from. Some new regulations to pay attention to are:
- Mandatory Dockside Safety Examinations: By October 15, 2015 if you fish outside of 3 miles of the baseline territorial seas (remember there are new lines in many areas for the territorial seas) at least once every five years. If you fall in this category you must have the first exam by Oct. 15th.
- Survival Craft: As of February 16, 2016 the regulation for survival craft will read “a survival craft that ensures that no part of an individual is immersed in water . . . ” if you operate beyond 3 nautical miles of the boundary line.
For the following three categories, click on the link and view the information bulletin.
- Newly Built Vessels
- Load Lines
- Alternate Safety Program
Below you will see portions of the handout/presentations provided at the gillnet and seine task force meetings the first week of December by the hatchery associations and the Regional Planning Team (RPT) draft minutes from their meeting, a handout regarding the allocation plan and by the forest service during the RPT meeting.
FALL 2014 REGIONAL PLANNING TEAM MEETING DOCUMENTS
This year both task force meetings, as well as the RPT, will be held in Petersburg at the Borough Assembly Chambers located on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building at 12 South Nordic.
The Drift Gillnet Task Force meeting is scheduled for December 2, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The Purse Seine Task Force meeting is scheduled for December 3, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The Southeast RPT meeting is scheduled for December 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.