Pubic Outreach meeting on IFQ Program Amendments

In Kodiak during the NPFMC meeting a public outreach session will be held concurrent with the June meeting. The session will be Tuesday, June 5, from 5 pm-6:30 pm in the Pavilion Room, and will provide an open forum for stakeholders to give insight on the present state of the halibut and sablefish IFQ Program and provide direction for future actions that might be considered by the Council and its IFQ Committee.    The Council is particularly seeking input on issues related to entry level opportunities and rural participation in the fishery. The listening session will be held in a round-table format chaired by Council member Buck Laukitis. NPFMC and Alaska Fisheries Science Center staff will provide an overview of findings in the 20-Year Program Review that relate to the session’s Read more...
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April NPFMC Newsletter

The April NPFMC Newsletter is out.   In April the NP Council took final action and created an annual renewal process for chart halibut permits (CHPs). The is meant to provide the Council with more information on the CHP program and to facilitate retirement of non-transferable permits when ownership changes, and improve the ability of enforcement to ensure only valid permits are being used.   The NP Council also took action to restrict halibut harvested by sport fishing guide services and possessed with halibut harvested not using sport fishing guide services. Previously these two types of sport harvest had separate limits. Under the Councils new direction, guided and unguided halibut onboard one vessel are held to the stricter management measure of for guided sport fishing including bag Read more...
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Blessing of the Fleet

SUNDAY APRIL 22nd, 2018 AT 2:00PM

Followed by coffee and cookies at the Sons of Norway

Please join the Petersburg Community as we ask blessings upon our labor, our boats, and our gear and as we remember and honor our past and present fishermen. The flier can be viewed here.

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2018 IPHC Suggested Catch Limits

From the January 26, 2018 IPHC News Release: The IPHC did not agree on new Pacific halibut catch limits for 2018, and therefore the catch limits adopted by the IPHC in 2017 remain in place. Both Contracting Parties, Canada and the United States of America, indicated their intention to pursue lower catch limits for 2018 via domestic regulatory processes. The IPHC approved a fishing period (season) of 24 March – 7 November 2018 for the Canadian and U.S. quota-share fisheries. The treaty tribal commercial fisheries and the incidental Pacific halibut fisheries in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A will occur within these dates. In IPHC Regulatory Area 2A, seven 10-hour fishing periods for the non-treaty directed commercial fishery are recommended: 27 June, 11 July, 25 July, 8 August, 22 August, Read more...
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Marine Weather Forecasting

The Petersburg Science Series has a guest speaker, Joel Curtis a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, on Wednesday, January 31 at 7pm in the Borough Assembly Chambers. The public is welcome to attend and the flier is here.

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AMSEA Courses in Petersburg

Due to a schedule conflict with the impending crab fishery, AMSEA had to change the date for their upcoming Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Petersburg. Please see the attached revised flyer for the upcoming pair of marine safety workshops. The Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop will now be February 5th from 8am to 6pm and the Fishing Vessel Stability Awareness and Damage Control will now be February 6th from 8am to 2pm. Both classes will be held at the Tides Inn and you can register online at or by calling (907)747-3287.

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Proposed Oil and Gas Leases in Alaska

The Trump Administration released a draft plan for oil and gas lease sales across Alaska’s coast, including Southeast waters in 2023. Nineteen lease sales are proposed under the plan and Bristol Bay is the only area without a planned lease sale. This is a draft plan that will go through a public comment process. Oil companies would bid on the right to drill if their plans pass federal regulations.

Here is the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program:

Comments on the draft plan can be submitted beginning today until March 9, 2018 at this website

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