SSRAA and ADF&G are participating in a cooperative test fishery at Canoe Pass, located on southern Etolin Island, to establish a baseline survey. This survey is designed to evaluate the presence of non-targeted/bycatch salmon species in Canoe Pass that may occur during the normal run timing of the summer chum salmon stock during terminal fisheries.
In this cooperative agreement, SSRAA will contract purse seine vessel(s) to conduct baseline fishing using traditional seine gear. The seine activities will be conducted as a one day charter each week over a 5-week period. The contract vessel(s) will be responsible for their own crew and supplies including food, fuel, and net. (full length net and minimum 3 ½ strips in depth)
The sampling period is during statistical weeks 28 through 32, Read more...
On Friday, June 9, at 4pm please join the Petersburg Economic Development Council, Harbor Advisory Board, and PND Engineers for a presentation on the preferred alternative for the Scow Bay Haul Out and Work Yard at the Borough Assembly Chambers.
Dick Somerville from PND Engineers will attend and present findings and recommendations.
NOAA is holding a Marine Mammal video conference on Wednesday, June 7th at 7pm in the Borough Assembly Chambers. Below are some of the main discussion topics, please let me know if you have additional questions you’d like addressed during the conference.
-What is the difference between ESA listed species and species listed on the MMPA?
-For those species where they are listed on both – how should that alter a fisherman’s behavior or does it not make a difference in what is allowable?
-What are the current levels of populations in SE AK?
-What is the status of ESA listings for humpbacks, Sellers and sperm whales?
-What marine mammal interaction 'category' are gillnet and seine fisheries in? Halibut and sablefish longline?
-What happens with the data NOAA collects for the marine Read more...
Here are some important dates coming up:
On Monday, May 15th from 4pm-5pm Markos Scheer will be holding a Question and Answers session on Mariculture for Fishermen and Processors at the Assembly Chambers. The meeting will cover opportunities in seaweed mariculture and ways to market the product.
AMSEA is conducting a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor course in Wrangell May 15th and 16th at the Wrangell Fire Department. Register at www.amsea.org or by calling (907)747-3287.
Dockside examiners will be in Petersburg Tuesday, May 16th through Friday, May 19th. You can sign-up for exams at the Harbor Masters office.
The Board of Fish will be holding a special meeting from May 17-18th to review the Bering Sea Tanner Crab Harvest Strategy. At the beginning of this meeting, they will also Read more...
Juneau . . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and Southeast King and Tanner Task Force (KTTF) will meet between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017. The meeting will be hosted at the ADF&G Southeast Regional office in Douglas and connected via web conferencing at the following locations:
Douglas – ADF&G Southeast Regional office, 802 3rd Street, Douglas, AK 99824 Petersburg – Tides Inn Conference Room, 307 1st Street, Petersburg, AK 99833
Agenda items for this meeting include:
2016/17 Tanner crab season summary
2016/17 GKC season update
2017/18 Board of Fisheries proposals.
Individuals unable to attend in person can call-in from any location and if they have a computer, smartphone, and/or tablet can attend Read more...
NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center is starting a new research endeavor on the interactions between fishing families and changing regulations, and environmental and socioeconomic conditions in Alaska fisheries. The impacts of fisheries management on families is an important component of understanding how fishing communities are affected by changing regulations, a key NP Council concern. And, yet, this dimension of fishing community impacts has received relatively minimal study.
NMFS is working to organize a workshop around this topic during the upcoming June Council meeting in Juneau (similar to the IFQ crew workshop they held last year). The workshop will be a chance to start scoping out the type of research questions that may be worth pursuing further. NMFS is looking to discuss several Read more...
Dockside examiners will be in Petersburg Tuesday, May 16th through Friday, May 19th. You can sign-up for exams at the Harbor Masters office. The flier is here.