Chatham Sablefish Survey

The Alaska Longline FIshermen’s Association asked me to distribute this SURVEY for Chatham permit holders to Chatham permit holders. If you are willing to answer the survey, please send it back to alfa.outreach@gmail.com.

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NSEI Industry Meeting 3.3.17

ADF&G will be holding an industry sablefish fishery for the NSEI sablefish fishery on Friday, March 12-5pm. The agenda will include a review of the fishery and survey CPUEs, the age assessment model and outlook for 2017, a discussion on future fieldwork and surveys, and more. You can participate via Webex, or at the following locations:

 Sitka–University of Alaska Southeast, Room 229, 1332 Seward Ave, Sitka, AK, 99835

 Petersburg–Tides Inn Conference Room, 307 1st Street, Petersburg, AK 99833

 Douglas–ADF&G Southeast Regional Office, 802 3rd Street, Douglas, AK 99824

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Free Bird Avoidance Lines

Don’t forget, we have free bird avoidance lines available at the PVOA office. Stop by on week days from 9-12 to pick them up.

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Sablefish Pots Opening Date, Pot Tags, and VMS

The longline season will open on March 11, it is also official now that the effective date for longline pot gear in the GOA sablefish IFQ fishery will also be March 11, 2017: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-07/pdf/2017-02463.pdf If you are planning on using pot gear this season, you will need pot tags and a VMS system. The Pot Tag Request form is available from this webpage: https://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries-applications Pacific States and NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement have a collaborative reimbursement program for OLE approved VMS systems: http://www.psmfc.org/program/vessel-monitoring-system-reimbursement-program-vms OLE approved VMS systems for the Alaska Region are; Skymate l1500 VMS, CLS America Triton Advanced, CLS America Thorium TST A2.0, CLS America Read more...
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Dockside Exams in Petersburg and New Fire Extinguisher Requirements

Don’t forget, the USCG will be in Petersburg February 7-10 for dockside exams, you can sign-up at the Harbor Master office. I have had some questions about new fire extinguisher regulations. Attached to this email is a flier explaining it all. If you have the non-refillable extinguishers, these are usually white aluminum cans with plastic handles, these must be replaced every twelve years. They also need to be inspect annually by the vessel owner/operator or crew and initialed and dated on the can. If you have the refillable extinguishers, these are usually red or yellow steel cans with aluminum handles, they are dry chemical or CO2. Dry chemical cans must be inspected by a licensed individual annually and must also be emptied and refilled every 6 years. Every 12 years they have Read more...
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2017 Catch Limits

To view the 2017 Catch Limits compared to recent years click here.

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AMSEA Course and Dockside Exams in Petersburg this February

AMSEA will be holding courses in Petersburg next month. Monday, February 6th, from 8am to 7pm they will hold a one day Drill Conductor Workshop. This course will not have a pool session, but will focus on cold water survival, EPIRBS, flares, Maydays, man overboard recovery, emergency drills, and more. Tuesday, February 7, from 8am to 2pm they will hold a Stability Awareness and Damage Control class. This course focuses on the basics of stability, owner responsibilities and requirements, damage control, and more. Classes are free to commercial fishermen. To register, follow the links from www.amsea.org, or call 907-747-3287. The flier for the classes is attached to this email. The USCG will be here from February 7-10 to conduct dockside exams. To sign-up, please stop by the Harbor Read more...
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