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2003 Archive

The GOAC3 does not necessarily endorse any of the calendar events posted to
our web site. They are offered as information only.

Pacific Maritime Magazine�s Automatic Identification System (AIS) Conference

November 19, 2003 Westin Hotel, Seattle WA

All commercial vessels over 65 feet will be required to carry AIS transponders, beginning in January 2004.
For more information and to register go to

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Statement for
Essential Fish Habitat Identification and Conservation in Alaska

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will review the preliminary draft of the Environmental Impact Statement for Essential Fish Habitat in Alaska at its October 2003 meeting and will select preliminary preferred alternatives. Interested parties may review the preliminary draft and provide comments during the Council meeting. The formal public comment draft of the EIS will be available by January 16, 2004. NMFS and the Council will hold public meetings during the 90 day comment period.


The deadline for filing PETITIONS for groups to be eligible for the Trade Adjustment Assistance program for farmers is August 31st. This is NOT a deadline for individual applications.

Click here for APPLICATION - Due Date 1/20/2004
Application Instructions
TAA Update - 8/28/2003
TAA USDA website
United Fishermen of Alaska website

Murkowski Press Release - 10/22/2003
Click here for release

Murkowski Press Release - 08/20/2003
Click here for release

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Press Release 8/20/2003

AK Groundfish Fisheries - Draft SEIS request form 8/11/2003

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Guideline Harvest Levels for the Guided Recreational Halibut Fishery

Final Rule 8/08/2003

DNR Aquatic Farm site SE public meetings August 11 / 14

DNR & ADF&G will be holding public meetings around Southeast Alaska on the proposed aquatic farm sites:
Monday, August 11 2003: Ketchikan LIO 50 Front Street- 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 12, 2003: Metlakatla Council Chambers 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003 Naukati School Floating Gymnasium 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, 2003: Wrangell City Council Chambers 205 Brueger Street
DNR Aquatic farming links and Preliminary Findings and Decisions for Proposed Aquatic Farmsite Leases:

The 2003 2008 Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is now online.


The 21st Annual National Fishery Law Symposium will be held this year on 23-24 October in Seattle
Click here for more information

National � Comments Requested
On Proposed Criteria For Building An Inventory Of Marine Managed Areas

This week NOAA and the Department of the Interior jointly proposed for public comment criteria, definitions and data fields that will be used in compiling an inventory of marine managed areas in the United States. Under Executive Order 13158 on Marine Protected Areas NOAA and Interior are charged with developing a list of marine protected areas representing those sites in U.S. waters � including the Great Lakes � that meet the Order�s marine protected area definition. The inventory will be used to inform federal, state, commonwealth, territorial, local and tribal agencies of the locations and characteristics of existing marine managed areas and to form a pool from which sites may later be considered for placement on the list of marine protected areas. The solicitation of public comments on the proposed criteria was published in the Federal Register on July 23rd (68 FR 43495) and is available from the Marine Protected Area Web site.

Identification of a site as a marine managed area will not confer any additional protections or use restrictions on that site, nor does the marine managed area inventory fulfill the requirement of the Executive Order for a list of marine protected areas. Contacts for further information and addresses for receipt of comments are provided in the notice. E-mail comments will also be accepted. The comment period closes on September 22, 2003.

Conference on Marine Aquaculture
Effects on the West Coast and Alaska Fishing Industry

November 17-19, 2003
Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way Seattle, Washington
More information

American Fisheries Society

The Fourth World Fisheries Congress now invites abstract submissions for consideration for the Congress program. To submit an abstract, please go to

Important Dates:

Online Abstract Submission Available: April 4, 2003
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 5, 2003
Notice of Abstract Acceptance: October 15, 2003
Paper Submission Deadline: January 10, 2004


Making Your Voice Heard at NOAA Fisheries with e-Comments

NOAA Fisheries 2003 Constituent Sessions

To better understand constituent concerns, William Hogarth, Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), is convening special constituent sessions in conjunction with the Fishery Management Council meeting. If you would like to discuss a fisheries management issue or problem with Dr. Hogarth, please submit a response to the following issues. If we have received your comments prior to the session we will address them during the session. The comments will be reviewed weekly and we assure you that your participation is valued. Your views and input are critical to NOAA Fisheries leadership's understanding constituent's needs and meeting their priorities. Your response will be included in the final report tentatively titled: The Public View - Constituents Input for Improved Fishery Management.

To find a session in your region, go to

To send comments go to

National Marine Fisheries Conference

"Managing Our Nation's Fisheries - Past, Present, and Future"
November 13-15, 2003 in Washington, DC.
Press Release

Economic Assistance Grants

Economic Assistance Grants for fishermen are part of Governor Murkowski's $50 million industry revitalization plan. Click here for the Confidential Data Request - for application by Individual fishermen and crew for economic assistance.

2003 Sport Fish Guide and Business Registration Forms now available on-line

2003 Sport Fish Guide and Business Registration Forms are available via Internet for the first time on the Division of Sport Fish web site. These forms can be printed, completed and mailed to the Division of Sport Fish in Anchorage. On the ADF&G web site

For additional information contact:

Dora Sigurdsson, Fishery Biologist, Sport Fish Guide Program
Phone: (907) 267-2390

US Fish and Wildlife

The US Fish and Wildlife Service and Koniag, Inc., in cooperation with the State of Alaska, have finalized an easement agreement which provides free public access to approximately 56,000 acres of Koniag lands along the Sturgeon River, Karluk Lake, and Karluk River within the boundaries of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. These lands have been unavailable for general public use since they were conveyed out of Federal ownership pursuant to ANCSA.

More information will be made available at

Department of Agriculture

Establishment of guidelines for the interim voluntary country of origin labeling of beef, lamb, pork, fish, perishable agricultural commodities, and peanuts under the authority of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946.
Click here for complete document

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NMFS proposes regulations to authorize a subsistence fishery for Pacific halibut in waters off Alaska.
Click here for complete document

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Stellar sea lion protection measures to avoid the likelihood that the groundfish fisheries off Alaska will jeopardize the continued existence of the western distinct population (DPS) of Stellar sea lions or adversely modify its critical habitat.
Click here for complete document


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NMFS announces its intent to prepare an SEIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) proposes management measures to improve the economic efficiency of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish fisheries and to address conservation, safety, and social concerns. The Council is considering one or more methods of allocating fishing privileges, such as: individual fishing quotas (IFQs); individual processing quotas (IPQs); allocations to communities; fishing cooperatives program; or other measures. The scope of the SEIS will include a review of the GOA groundfish
Click here for complete document

Fishery conservation and management:
Alaska; fisheries of Exclusive Economic Zone� Gulf of Alaska groundfish
Download complete document in .pdf

NMFS announces its intent to prepare an SEIS for the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. Download complete document in .pdf.

Villages may buy catch rights
GULF: Supporters see landmark decision; foes call it unfair.
By Wesley Loy
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For more information:

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