ADF&G 2014 Bristol Bay Forecast

Written November 20th, 2013

2014 Bristol Bay Forecast
Forecast Range
TOTAL PRODUCTION:
Total Run      27.20 M                18.97–35.45
Escapement    8.66 M
Commercial Common Property Harvest
18.54 M
Bristol Bay Harvest
17.48 M
South Peninsula Harvest
1.06 M

 

Board Of Fisheries 2013/2014 Meeting Information

Written October 18th, 2013

Year
Date
Meeting
Location
Meeting Description

2014
March 17 – 21
Anchorage
Statewide King and Tanner Crab (except Southeast / Yakutat) and Supplemental Issues

2014
January 31 – February 13
Anchorage
Upper Cook Inlet Finfish

2014
January 7 – 11
Kodiak
Kodiak Finfish

2013
December 8 – 11
Anchorage
Lower Cook Inlet Finfish

2013
December 5 – 6
Anchorage
Chignik Finfish

2013
October 18 – 22
Anchorage
Statewide Pacific Cod

 

Printable Proposal Form: propform-print

Online Comment Form: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=process.comments

 

 

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Vessels Sought For Participation In Proposed Electronic Monitoring Pilot Project

Written September 21st, 2013

ALFA (Linda Behnken/Dan Falvey) with assistance from PVOA is developing an Electronic Monitoring (EM) Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) for an EM pilot project over the next three years that would allow a percentage of vessels to be removed from the human observer pool and have EM equipment installed on their vessels in lieu of a human observer.  The EFP must be submitted to NMFS by October 1 of this year, for review and approval before it can be implemented.  An EFP is necessary because the project would require that vessels equipped with EM also be exempted from regulations requiring a human observer.  Two grad students from UAJ have been hired to develop the sampling designs and statistical analysis necessary to provide statistically reliable data on species ID, length/weight, discard Read more…

ASMI Releases Economic Value Report

Written August 29th, 2013

ASMI Releases Economic Value Report
One in seven Alaskans employed by the

Alaska Seafood Industry
 
Juneau, Alaska. August 28, 2013 – Today the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute released a report titled “Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood Industry” which measures the impact of Alaska’s seafood industry on the U.S. economy.
 
The Alaska seafood industry accounts for over half of all U.S. fisheries production and is a key economic driver in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  It is estimated that the Alaska seafood industry provides a total of 165,800 American jobs, including 34,000 jobs for Washington residents in 2011.
 
Produced by Alaska-based research firm The McDowell Group, the report is the first of its kind, and finds that in 2011:

The combined value Read more…

Additional Cooperation Needed In Ongoing Electronic Monitoring Pilot Project

Written July 1st, 2013

NMFS Electronic Monitoring Project (2013-2014)
This is intended to provide a short overview of electronic monitoring system components and vessel requirements to participate. More details can be found at:
 Study Description: http://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/observers/empilotstudy.pdf
 EM installation details for vessels: http://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/em/vessel_em_installspecs.pdf
What does an electronic monitoring system do?
The electronic monitoring (EM) system is designed to collect data about catch and discards, vessel location, and fishing activity. During the EM system installation, a Saltwater Inc. technician will work with you to determine the set-up most suited to your vessel. Data is collected continuously while vessels Read more…

Electronic Monitoring Pilot Study

Written June 19th, 2013

Background
NMFS and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) support the integration of Electronic Monitoring (EM) into the new Observer Program, which begins in 2013. Compared to a human observer, EM technologies offer a way to obtain independent fishery data on board vessels where space is limited and/or safety is a concern. NMFS is developing EM technologies in conjunction with Saltwater, Inc., to collect catch, discard, and fishing effort data aboard commercial vessels. The goal is to evaluate the utility of EM to monitor catch in the sablefish and halibut sector fleet for vessels between 40 feet and 57.5 feet length overall. The project will commence April 1st on volunteer vessels that return the enclosed self-addressed, stamped postcard by February 1, 2013. To account for Read more…

COAST GUARD TERMINATION OF ITS 2 MHZ DISTRESS WATCHKEEPING SERVICE

Written June 19th, 2013

June 18, 2013 06-13
Washington, DC
COAST GUARD TERMINATION OF ITS 2 MHZ DISTRESS
WATCHKEEPING SERVICE
Effective 01 August, 2013, the U. S. Coast Guard will terminate its radio guard of the international voice
distress, safety and calling frequency 2182 kHz and the international digital selective calling (DSC)
distress and safety frequency 2187.5 kHz. Additionally, marine information and weather broadcasts
transmitted on 2670 kHz will terminate concurrently.
The Coast Guard will continue to maintain a continuous watch on VHF FM channel 16 (156.8 MHz) and
on existing voice and DSC frequencies in the 4/6/8/12 MHz bands as described in the Coast Guard
Navigation Center website http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=cgcommsCall.
This safety alert is provided for informational purposes only Read more…

IPHC announces new advisory board members–PVOA Member Appointed

Written May 16th, 2013

The IPHC announced that members of the new Strategic Advisory Board had been selected.  PVOA member Ryan Littleton was one of the members selected.  Way to go Ryan!
Molly Dischner
May 10, 2013 – 04:00 PM
The International Pacific Halibut Commission announced the members of its new Management Strategy Advisory Board May 3.

Americans make up the majority of the 16-member body, which is tasked with advising the commission about management objectives and strategies.

IPHC Commissioner Jim Balsiger, an administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Serivce, will serve as the American ex officio member. Canadian Commissioner Paul Ryall is the other ex officio member from the commission.

The members are as follows:

Bruce Gabrys, IFQ holder
John Woodruff, Icicle Seafoods
Peggy Read more…

USCG Rescinds Mandatory Dockside Exam Exemption

Written January 8th, 2013

Please follow this link for current information regarding the rescinding of the dockside exam exemption for commercial fishing vessels fishing or transiting Southeast Alaska inside waters.

Recission of SEAK Exemption from Mandatory Dockside Exams Response, Jan2013

Coast Guard Reauthorization

Written November 3rd, 2012

PVOA members, as you are aware the 2010 Coast Guard Reauthorization Act requirements are now in effect.  PVOA has compiled all of the regulations on our web site including information on mandatory dock side exams, mandatory safety training, and regulations on new vessel construction.  A summary of the new regulations from the Coast Guard can be found on the PVOA web site at http://pvoaonline.org/resources/coast-guard-reauthorization/ .

Information includes:

Q & As – COMMERCIAL F/V SAFETY TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FishTrainReqsQ&A

NEWLY BUILT COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSELS, SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE TO A VESSEL, ALTERNATE SAFETY COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS, AND MANDATORY SAFETY EXAMINATIONS here

Information from the Coast Guard http://www.fishsafe.info/

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association Read more…

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