June North Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

The deadline to comment on June NPFMC agenda items is 5pm May 26. You can send your comments in a PDF to npfmc.comments@noaa.gov. Here is the Agenda for the meeting:

http://legistar2.granicus.com/npfmc/meetings/2015/6/925_A_North_Pacific_Council_15-06-01_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

 

 

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SOUTHEAST ALASKA AREA PERSONAL USE SABLEFISH FISHERY ANNOUNCEMENT

Sitka. . . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced today that new regulations establishing annual harvest limits and gear limitations in the personal use sablefish fishery will become effective on May 9, 2015. A sablefish fishing permit has been required to take sablefish under personal use regulations in the Southeastern Alaska Area since 2012 (5 AAC 77.674). New regulations adopted at the 2015 Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting will restrict personal use harvest to an annual limit of 50 sablefish and set a vessel possession limit of no more than 200 personal use sablefish, when four or more personal use permit holders are on board that vessel. Additionally, a permit holder’s longline gear may not have attached more than 350 hooks in aggregate. Multiple permit holders Read more...
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Drive Down Facility Ribbon Cutting

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on the new Drive Down Facility will take place over the Little Norway Festival on Saturday, May 16th at 1pm. Governor Walker, Senator Bert Stedman, Mayor Mark Jensen, Petersburg Borough Assembly, and Harbor Board will be in attendance. Everyone is welcome to join.

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USCG Dockside Exams

The USCG will be in Petersburg from May 12-16 for dockside exams. You can sign up that the Harbor Master Office or call Jim Paul at (907) 617-2523. Voluntary dockside exams are free and take about an hour.

They will be trying something new this time also and are holding a town hall meeting in the Assembly Chambers on Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm to discuss some of the changes happening in the future and hand out resources available to fishermen from the USCG.

The USCG are also bringing the Damage Control Wet training to Petersburg. It will be at the Harbor Master Office from May 14-16 from 10am-3pm. To schedule call Steve Ramp (907) 738-7267

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NPFMC Newsletter

The April North Pacific Fishery Management Council Newsletter is out. You can read it here:

http://www.npfmc.org/wp-content/PDFdocuments/newsletters/news415.pdf

Thank you everyone that was able to make the meeting yesterday.

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Governor Wlaker’s Appointees

Yesterday was the joint session between the House and Senate to address the Governor’s appointees to committees. They confirmed Orville Huntington to his seat on the Board of Fish for another three years. Robert Rufner, the Governor’s appointee to fill Carl Johnstone’s seat was not confirmed. Who ever the Goevernor appoints to that BOF seat will hold that seat until next year when confirmation hearings begin again. Ben Brown was confirmed as CFEC Commissioner, however, Verne Rupright was not.

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HOONAH SOUND HERRING FISHERY UPDATE #1

Today, April 17, the department conducted an aerial survey of the Hoonah Sound area. No herring or herring spawn was observed during the survey. A total of 12 sea lions were seen scattered in the Hoonah Sound area including 10 between White Cliff Point and Pederson Point on Moser Island, and 2 at the south entrance to Patterson Bay. Two whales were observed in the mouth of Ushk Bay.

The next aerial survey is scheduled for Monday, April 20.

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