ADF&G Commissioner Cotten and Commercial Fisheries Director Kelley will be in Petersburg and holding a meeting with us on Friday, April 28th at 8am in the PVOA office. This meeting will be open to all interested community members. Please join us for coffee, cookies, and fish talk!
Dockside examiners will be in Petersburg from April 22-23 to conduct Commercial Fishing Vessel Dockside Exams. Please stop by the Harbormaster Office to sign-up.
The Petersburg Science Series will have a presentation by University of Alaska student Ellen Chenoweth on Humpback Whale Predation at Hatchery Release Sites this Thursday at 7pm in the High School Library.
BOF passed an Emergency Petition regarding Southeast AK gillnet submitted by ADF&G. In districts 6, 8, 11, and 15, through the fourth Saturday in July, by emergency order, fishing periods can be established with maximum gillnet mesh size of 6 inches. This mesh size requirement didn’t previously include district 6 and ended the fourth Saturday in June. This emergency regulation will last 120 days beginning May 1, and we will likely see this proposal again at the Southeast Finfish and Shellfish meeting in 2018.
This regulation is meant to allow the escapement of more king salmon, that are currently in a cycle of low abundance. For 2017, the Taku and Chilkat rivers will likely not meet escapement and the Stikine River is forecast to be at the midpoint of escapement goal range.
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Representative Don Young and his wife, Anne, will be in Petersburg on Monday, April 10th, and hold a community meeting in the Assembley Chambers from 2-3pm. The public is welcome to attend. There will also be a Business Round Table discussion at the Elks Lodge for local business owners from 5:30-6:30pm with dinner to follow. Reservations may be made by calling the Elks at 772-4601 to reserve a seat. The event is sponsored by John and Pam Jensen.
Please join us on Monday, March 27th from 2-3pm for an Open House of new longline gear. John and Bjorn Foss of Rena International and Jakob and Alexander of Norwegian Longline Supplier Fiskevegn will be in Petersburg to show samples of various types of new longline gear and their new auto baiter for 25’-45’ vessels.
The Agenda for the April NP Council meeting is now online and documents are beginning to be become available, including the State of Alaska’s petition to the Alaska Supreme Court to repeal the Ninth Circuit’s decision that Cook Inlet and the other state salmon fisheries that overlap with federal waters (Alaska Peninsula and Prince Willam Sound) will need to be managed under a federal fishery management plan (FMP). The petition also argues that the Ninth Circuit’s decision would also apply to and require an FMP for other non-salmon fisheries overlapping with federal waters that NMFS previously deemed are better managed by the State. This would include the Tanner crab fishery in the Gulf of Alaska and lingcod throughout Alaska.
Also on the agenda for the April meeting is a discussion Read more...