Important Upcoming Dates

Purse Seine Task Force meeting Tuesday, November 28, from 9:00am-5:00 pm in Ketchikan at the Ted Ferry Civic Center Drift Gillnet Task Force meeting Wednesday, November 29, from 9:00-5:00 pm in Ketchikan at the Ted Ferry Civic Center Southeast Alaska Regional Planning Team Thursday, November 30, from 9:00-5:00 pm in Ketchikan at the Ted Ferry Civic Cener North Pacific Fishery Management Council December 4-12, in Anchorage at the Hilton Young Fishermen’s Summit December 6-8 in Anchorage at the Dena’Ina Center King and Tanner Task Force meeting Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 1pm-4pm in Douglas at the ADF&G building and Petersburg at the Tide’s Inn Conference room IPHC Harvest Regulatory Proposal deadline 5pm Saturday, December 23 Board of Fish Southeast Shellfish Read more...
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Alaska Marine Highway Reform

As you know, The Alaska Marine Highway Reform Steering Committee, led by Southeast Conference, is pursuing legislative changes to transform the ferry system to a public corporation and pursue forward funding. Check out www.amhsreform.com to find project reports and information, provide feedback, and support reform efforts.

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2018 Pink Salmon Harvest Forecast

The 2018 Southeast Alaska Pink salmon harvest forecast is out. The harvest is predicted to be in the average range with a point estimate of 23 million fish (80% confidence interval: 3–44 million fish). This would be below the recent 10-year average harvest of 38 million pink salmon, but near the average even-year harvest since 1960 (25 million). This year, unlike in recent years, ADF&G did not use NOAA’s forecast as a basis for their forecast. The juvenile pink salmon abundance indices from the 2017 trawl survey were the lowest in the 21 years NOAA has been conducting the survey, and about 25% of the previous lowest index. Forecasts using the previous forecast models resulted in negative to <10 million fish prediction for 2018. Instead, ADF&G chose a trend model and the pink Read more...
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Boards and Commissions Seek CFEC Nominees

The office of Boards and Commissions are seeking nominees for the Commercial Fishery Entry Commission (CFEC). With the resignation of Commissioner Brown effective December 1, and Commissioner Twomley retiring in March, the need is clear. You need not be an attorney & you cannot be a current CFEC permit holder. Please submit applications here.

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SSRAA RFP Port Asumcion

Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, (SSRAA), is soliciting bids from interested parties to conduct rearing operations for the spring of 2018 at its Port Asumcion rearing site. This is a new project that will become operational in late January or early February of 2018. The site will be comprised of five 40’X40’ net pens and a 24’X50’ barge for fish food and equipment storage. The barge will have a structure utilized for dry storage and temporary quarters for visiting SSRAA employees whom will be conducting periodic site visits. Approximately eight (8) million chum fry and 400,000 coho smolt will be reared and released in 2018. The project dates will run annually from approximately mid-January through mid-May or approximately 120 days. Based on environmental conditions Read more...
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UFA Hires Frances Leach as Executive Director

United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA), Alaska’s statewide commercial fishing trade association, is pleased to announce the hiring of Frances Leach as its Executive Director effective January 5, 2018. Ms. Leach, a Juneau resident, was raised in a commercial fishing family in Ketchikan. “I am excited for the opportunity to represent UFA. Having grown up in a commercial fishing family in a coastal community, I understand the importance of commercial fishing to Alaska’s economy and cultural heritage. The commercial fishing industry faces many challenges at the state and federal level, and I look forward to addressing these challenges as UFA’s Executive Director,” said Leach. “Frances has a proven track record of success and has demonstrated leadership during her professional career. Read more...
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King And Tanner Crab Task Force Meeting

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and Southeast King and Tanner Task Force (KTTF) will meet between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The meeting will be hosted at the ADF&G Southeast Regional office in Douglas and connected via web conferencing at the following locations: Douglas – ADF&G Southeast Regional office, 802 3rd Street, Douglas, AK 99824 Petersburg – Tides Inn Conference Room, 307 1st Street, Petersburg, AK 99833 Agenda items for this meeting include:   2017 Tanner crab survey preliminary results,   2017/18 red king crab fishery summary,   2017/18 Board of Fisheries proposals. Individuals unable to attend in person can call-in from any location and if they have a computer, smartphone, and/or Read more...
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