4th Special Session

Governor Walker called for a 4th Special Session beginning October 23 to focus on a bill proposing a payroll tax of 1.5 percent of wages earned by Alaskans and non-resident workers, capped at $2,200 or twice the previous year’s permanent fund dividend amount—whichever is higher. The proposal is expected to generate between $300 million and $325 million. About 15 percent of which is projected to come from non-resident workers. Under this proposal, Alaskans would pay the lowest taxes on a nationwide basis. The proposed payroll tax would only apply to income that meets the federal definition of wages, retirement income such as Social Security benefits would not be taxed, and neither would money from Permanent Fund dividends, income from capital gains, or any form of government subsidy like Read more...
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IPHC Annual Meeting Pre-Registration

The 94th IPHC Annual Meeting will be held January 22-26 at the Hilton Downtown Portland. New this year, the meeting will require attendees to pre-register. Please follow this registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-iphc-annual-meeting-am094-tickets-35265063755

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Fall Commercial Dungeness Crab Announcement

The Fall Dungeness Crab Announcement is out and the 2017/2018 commercial Dungeness crab fall fishing season in Registration Area A (Southeastern Alaska) will be reduced in duration. All waters open to commercial Dungeness fishing in Southeastern Alaska will open at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Based on data from port sampling and fish tickets, the department has determined that the proportion of legal-size male soft-shelled Dungeness crabs discarded during the first week of the summer season was above the previous three-year average, but the amount was not a contributing factor in failing to meet the 2.25 million pound harvest projection threshold described in the Southeastern Alaska Dungeness Crab Management Plan. Therefore, Read more...
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ADF&G Announces Non-Retention of Chinook Salmon for Commercial and Recreational fisheries

"August 7, 2017, JUNEAU — Due to poor ocean survival conditions for Chinook (king) salmon, which are persisting in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, extreme management measures are necessary to restrict harvests in coast wide fisheries that are directed at stocks originating in Southeast Alaska, Northern British Columbia, the Fraser River, and the Washington Coast. Inseason information from ADF&G, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and NOAA surveys off the coast of Oregon, Washington, and the Gulf of Alaska all indicate that poor production conditions are currently occurring and will persist through at least 2018. In particular, Southeast Alaska and British Columbia stocks are experiencing historically low production; many of the affected stocks will not meet escapement Read more...
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2018 Southeast and Yakutat Finfish and Shellfish Proposal Book

The Proposal Book for the 2018 Southeast and Yakutat Finfish and Shellfish meeting is now available. The Proposal Book is attached and can also be downloaded from the Board of Fish website here: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.proposalbook The meeting will be held January 11-23 at the Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka. Comments are due by 5pm Thursday, December 28, 2017. Comments can be submitted by mail, email, or fax: Mail: ADF&G Boards Support Section P.O. Box 115526 Juneau, AK 99811-5526 Please note that a postmark is NOT sufficient for timely receipt. Email: dfg.bof.comments@alaska.gov Documents must be attached in PDF format. Fax: (907) 465-6094 Read more...
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Large Whale Entanglement Response Q&A in Petersburg

Ed Lyman, Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, will be in Petersburg this week to train and answer questions on disentangling humpback whales.

The Petersburg Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) is hosting a Q&A session with Ed this Friday, June 30th at 7 p.m. in the Borough Assembly Chambers.

PMMC recognizes that this is the busy summer fishing season, however it is a challenge to get Ed from Hawaii to Alaska. Hopefully in the future his schedule will allow for better timing

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Drive Down Dock closures

This year the harbor department will allow the tour ship American Spirit to moor at the face of the Drive Down Dock on ten different occasions through the summer months. The dates of the landings are : Arrival Departure Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm Monday, June 19, Midnight Thursday, June 29, 8:00 am Friday, June 30, 2:00 am Thursday, July 6, 8:00 am Friday, July 7, 2:00 am Thursday, July 13, 8:00 am Friday, July 14, 2:00 am Thursday, July 20, 8:00 am Friday, July 21, 2:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 11:00 pm Friday, July 28, 2:00 am Thursday, August 3, 8:00 am Friday, August 4, 2:00 am Thursday, August 10, 8:00 am Friday, August 11, 2:00 am Thursday, August 17, 8:00 am Friday, August 18, 2:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 11:00 pm Friday, August 25, 4:00 am They require the face of the Read more...
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