Scow Bay Development Meeting

On January 19th, at 1pm on the second floor of the PIA building (this is the current Assembly Chambers), there will be a Harbor Board meeting concerning the development of Scow Bay into a vessel haul out facility. Any interested parties are welcome to attend.

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NSRAA RFP for Thomas Bay

NSRAA has an RFP out for Thomas Bay. They are looking for a contractor with a boat to help with rearing chum fry beginning this February through early June, an estimated 120 days. A general job description and requirements are listed below. 1. Labor: o A minimum of two people, from Mid-February to early June (est. 120 days), for the rearing of up to 25 million Hidden Falls hatchery chum fry with size goals and release objectives prescribed by Hatchery staff. o The contractor is expected to have a 24 hours/day, 7 days/week presence at the site. Daily tasks will be feeding to promote fry growth and health as well as maintain the nets/pens, and other infrastructure. Work day length will vary from 4-5 hrs per day at start and up to 10 plus hours per day at project end. Occasional trips Read more...
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Proposed Regulation to all Pots in the C61C Sablefish Fishery

CFEC posted proposed regulations to allow pot gear in the Southern Southeast Inside sablefish fishery (C61C) in response to the October 25th letter from the Board of Fish requesting CFEC conduct a regulatory review of the fishery. If the proposed regulation is adopted, the Board of Fish would take up any regulatory actions under its authority at the 2018 Southeast Finfish meeting. The proposed regulation is here: https://www.cfec.state.ak.us/mnu_Regulations.htm A public meeting will be held February 17, 2017 at the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission from 3-4:30pm. If you would like to participate by phone, please contact Doug Rickey at CFEC by email doug.rickey@alaska.gov, or phone (907)790-6963. Written comments will be accepted until 4:30pm on February 17 sent to: Doug Rickey Commercial Read more...
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C3 Recreational Quota Entity-Final Action

Yesterday the Council passed their Final Action agenda item that will allow one Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) as a non-profit entity, registered with the IRS, to purchase and hold commercial halibut quota share for use by the guided halibut fishery with two pools, one for each area 2C and 3A. The annual limit on transfers to the RQE will be 1% of commercial quota share in 2C and 1.2% of quota share in 3A, based on the 2015 quota share units pool. There will also be a cumulative cap on the amount of quota share held by the RQE and leased under GAF in a year. The cumulative cap will be managed annually on a sliding scale with no more than 10% of 2015 commercial quota share held as RQE and leased as GAF in 2C and 12% in 3A. There will be restrictions on transfers to the RQE in an effort Read more...
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Board of Fish Call for Proposals Southeast and Yakutat

The Board of Fish call for Southeast and Yakutat Finfish and Shellfish is now open. Proposals must be submitted by Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Proposals are not complete unless a contact telephone number and address are provided and an individuals name or an organizations name are included. Email addresses are also appreciated.

Proposal can be submitted in several ways
Website: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.forms
Fax: 907-465-6094
Email in pdf format: dfg.bof.comments@alaska.gov
Mail: ADF&G Boards Support, PO Box 115526, Juneau AK 99811-5526

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Fishermen Planning to Set Sablefish Pots in 2017

If you are planning on fishing sablefish pots in the Gulf of Alaska in 2017, you will need to have a ‘pot gear’ endorsement added to your Federal Fisheries Permit that currently has a ‘hook-and-line gear’ endorsement. You can legally have both endorsements on your FFP. If you wish to drop an endorsement from your FFP, this can only be done once in a three-year cycle. However, there are no restrictions on adding an endorsement and it can be done at any time.

 

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Regulations for the Gulf of Alaska Sablefish IFQ Fishery

50 CFR 679.2 Pot gear Pot gear means a portable structure designed and constructed to capture and retain fish alive in the water. This gear type includes longline pot and pot-and-line gear. Each groundfish pot must comply with the following: (i) Biodegradable panel. Each pot used to fish for groundfish must be equipped with a biodegradable panel at least 18 inches (45.72 cm) in length that is parallel to, and within 6 inches (15.24 cm) of, the bottom of the pot, and that is sewn up with untreated cotton thread of no larger size than No. 30. (ii) Tunnel opening. Each pot used to fish for groundfish must be equipped with rigid tunnel openings that are no wider than 9 inches (22.86 cm) and no higher than 9 inches (22.86 cm), or soft tunnel openings with dimensions that are no wider than 9 inches Read more...
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