There has been a new company sending out unsolicited letters and offering to perform Documentation services for fishing vessels. These 'Certificate of Documentation Courtesy Renewal Notices’ closely resemble US Coast Guard’s' National Vessel Documentation Center' notices, however, the US Coast Guard's National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) in Falling Waters, West Virginia is the only entity authorized to issue Certificates of Documentation, form CG-1270.
Complaints regarding these scams can be made through the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) here: https://www.ftc.gov/
The full Maritime Safety Information Bulletin concerning the false Certificates of Documentation is here. Read more...
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.
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.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/regprocess/fisheriesboard/pdfs/2016-2017/statewide/rcs/rc019_ADFG_Petition_District_6_Mesh_Size.pdf Read more...
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.