ADF&G did their calculation according to the Dungeness crab management plan and based on the calculations there will be a normal length season.
FDA recommends pregnant women and young children should eat seafood 2-3 times a week in revised guidelines
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today (June 10, 2014) issued draft updated advice on fish consumption. The two agencies have concluded pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury in order to gain important developmental and health benefits. The draft updated advice is consistent with recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Previously, the FDA and the EPA recommended maximum amounts of fish that these population groups should consume, but did not promote a minimum amount. Over the past decade, however, emerging science has underscored the importance of appropriate amounts of fish in the diets of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and young children.
“For years many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding fish to their young children,” said Stephen Ostroff, M.D., the FDA’s acting chief scientist. “But emerging science now tells us that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood can mean missing out on important nutrients that can have a positive impact on growth and development as well as on general health.”
An FDA analysis of seafood consumption data from over 1,000 pregnant women in the United States found that 21 percent of them ate no fish in the previous month, and those who ate fish ate far less than the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends—with 50 percent eating fewer than 2 ounces a week, and 75 percent eating fewer than 4 ounces a week. The draft updated advice recommends pregnant women eat at least 8 ounces and up to 12 ounces (2-3 servings) per week of a variety of fish that are lower in mercury to support fetal growth and development.
“Eating fish with lower levels of mercury provides numerous health and dietary benefits,” said Nancy Stoner, the EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Water. “This updated advice will help pregnant women and mothers make informed decisions about the right amount and right kinds of fish to eat during important times in their lives and their children’s lives.”
The draft updated advice cautions pregnant or breastfeeding women to avoid four types of fish that are associated with high mercury levels: tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico; shark; swordfish; and king mackerel. In addition, the draft updated advice recommends limiting consumption of white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces a week.
Choices lower in mercury include some of the most commonly eaten fish, such as shrimp, pollock, salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia, catfish and cod.
When eating fish caught from local streams, rivers and lakes, follow fish advisories from local authorities. If advice isn’t available, limit your total intake of such fish to 6 ounces a week and 1-3 ounces for children.
Before issuing final advice, the agencies will consider public comments, and also intend to seek the advice of the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and conduct a series of focus groups.
The public can provide comment on the draft advice and the supplemental questions and answers by submitting comments to the Federal Register docket or by participating in any public meetings that may be held. The comment period will be open until 30 days after the last transcript from the advisory committee meeting and any other public meetings becomes available. The dates of any public meetings, as well as when the public comment period will close, will be published in future Federal Register notices at www.federalregister.gov.
Here is the NOAA guide to fishermen’s obligations and response guidelines to whale entanglements.
John Jensen, Sue Jefferies and Reed Morisky were re-appointed as well as Fritz Johnson were confirmed by the legislature on April 17th.
The King and Tanner Task Force met on March 19, 2014. Below are some of the documents discussed at the meeting. Please call the SEAFA office (586-6652) if you want more information about the meeting.
TANNER CRAB DOCUMENTS
Annual Management Report fmr11-57 Tanner AMR
RED KING CRAB DOCUMENTS
Annual Management Report fmr11-68 King Crab AMR
GOLDEN KING CRAB
Golden King Crab Observer Program Report 1998 – 2010 RIR.1J.2012.11-1
KTTF Meeting Summary Notes 3 19 14 Final - NEW DOCUMENT
The Dungeness crab task force met on March 19, 2014. The following were the documents that were presented by ADF&G. If you have any questions about the meeting materials or want more information about the meeting call SEAFA at 907-586-6652.
SeaOtterExpansion Map Work Cited for Sea Otter Distribution Data the sea otter expansion map shows has the districts and subdistricts marked that can be used in conjunction with the Dungeness harvest data above.
and not handed out at the meeting but discussed as a document was the Annual Management Report fmr11-62 Dungeness AMR
Note: While there was an agenda topic for a Dungeness buy back program – there is no active pursuit of a Dungeness buyback program.
Sitka…..the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the final guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2014 Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery is 16,333 tons based on a 20% harvest rate of a forecast mature biomass of 81,663 tons. This is 1,259 tons less than the preliminary GHL announced in December, 2013. This adjustment is based on the winter test fishery sample results showing smaller average weights-at-age for herring ages 3, 4, 5, and 6, when compared to the winter of 2013. The forecast indicates that ages 3-6 will represent 63% of the returning mature population this spring.
Sitka…The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced today the following information concerning regulations that apply during the 2014 Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) commercial halibut fishery. This news release details bycatch regulations and allowances for state waters of Southeast Alaska, east of 144° W. longitude. The IFQ halibut fishery opens at 12:00 noon, March 8 and closes at 12:00 noon, November 7, 2014.
Rockfish Possession and Landing Requirements (5 AAC 28.171)
A vessel or Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) interim use permit holder fishing for groundfish or halibut must retain, weigh, and report all demersal shelf rockfish (DSR) and black rockfish taken. The DSR assemblage includes yelloweye, quillback, canary, copper, tiger, china, and rosethorn rockfish.
In the Northern Southeast Inside (NSEI) and Southern Southeast Inside (SSEI) Subdistricts only, a vessel or CFEC permit holder fishing for groundfish or halibut must retain, weigh, and report all rockfish species (excluding thornyheads) taken.
All rockfish retained in excess of allowable bycatch limits shall be reported as bycatch overage on an ADF&G fish ticket. All proceeds from the sale of excess rockfish bycatch shall be surrendered to the state. Excess rockfish retained due to full-retention requirements may be kept for a person’s own use however; the pounds must be documented as overage on the fish ticket.
Federal Demersal Shelf Rockfish Landing Requirements:
Fishermen are reminded that full retention of demersal shelf rockfish is also required in federal waters east of 140° W. longitude (Southeast Outside District). DSR taken in federal waters must be reported on an ADF&G fish ticket and DSR in excess of bycatch allowances must be reported as bycatch overage. DSR overage from federal waters may be retained for personal use or donated but cannot be sold or enter commerce. Full-retention regulations for DSR do not apply in federal waters of the Icy Bay Subdistrict (IBS).
Lingcod bycatch in the halibut longline fishery is allocated by management area. Lingcod management areas include IBS, East Yakutat (EYKT) Section, Northern Southeast Outside (NSEO) Section, Central Southeast Outside (CSEO) Section, Southern Southeast Outer Coast (SSEOC) Sector, Northern Southeast Inside (NSEI) Subdistrict, and Southern Southeast Internal Waters (SSEIW) Sector (Figure 1). The 2014 SSEIW lingcod allocation has been taken and this area is closed to lingcod retention in longline fisheries for the remainder of the year. Lingcod catches will be closely monitored and fishermen are advised that additional closures may occur on short notice as allocations are taken. Closures will be announced by news release, the United States Coast Guard “Notice to Mariners” report and National Weather Service broadcast. For information on lingcod bycatch status and closures, contact the Sitka Area Office at 907-747-6688 or the Groundfish Hotline at 907-747-4882.
Groundfish Bycatch Limits for the IFQ Halibut Fishery in State Waters:
Percentage indicates amount that may be sold and is based on round weight of halibut and round weight of bycatch species.
Demersal Shelf Rockfish (DSR)
10%, Full retention required in all state waters internal and outside (0-3 miles)
Black, Blue and Dark Rockfish (State and Federal Waters)
15% in aggregate full retention required for black rockfish only in State outside waters (0-3 miles); and 15% in aggregate full retention (all species) required in State internal waters (NSEI/SSEI)
All Other Rockfish and Thornyheads
5% in aggregate State Outside waters; and 5% in aggregate, full retention required for all rockfish except thornyheads in State Internal waters (NSEI/SSEI)
Lingcod – Longline Fishery
20% (EYKT, NSEO, CSEO, SSEOC and NSEI)
0% (SSEIW), no retention
Minimum size limit 27″ (tip of snout to tip of tail)
20% State Outside and Internal Waters
Spiny Dogfish - Longline Fishery
35% State Outside and Internal Waters
Sablefish – 0% retention
Other Groundfish – 20% in aggregate
For Jig fishery see ADF&G news release Feb 6, 2014.
For information on the halibut fishery bycatch allowances in federal waters refer to: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries_reports/reports/details/?report_id=386
and http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/rr/tables/tabl10.pdf or
Harvest of bait by commercial permit holders in the state waters of the Eastern Gulf of Alaska:
A CFEC interim use permit holder may take groundfish in waters of Alaska, for use as bait in waters of Alaska, in the commercial fishery for which the permit is held. A person who takes groundfish for bait during a fishing trip and uses the bait during that trip, must report the bait taken by species and estimated weight on the fish ticket prepared for that fishing trip. Groundfish harvested for bait shall be reported on the fish ticket using fish ticket delivery code 92. Sablefish, lingcod, thornyhead, shortraker, rougheye, and yelloweye rockfish may not be taken for bait or used for bait (5AAC 28.190).
The IPHC has announced the 2014 catch limits and season dates
SEASON DATES MARCH 8 – NOVEMBER 7, 2014
Area 2C commercial catch limit up 11.7% for 3,318,720 pounds
Area 3A commercial catch limit down 22.4% for 7,317,730 pounds