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Southcentral Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Votes to Form Subcommittee for Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Fishery Proposals
12-24-2006

The Southcentral Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council voted Friday, Dec. 8, to form a subcommittee that will provide recommendations to the council on current Federal subsistence fishery proposals for Federal public waters within the Kenai, Kasilof and Swanson river drainages and Six Mile and Resurrection creek drainages. The subcommittees work will focus on methods and means of harvest, harvest limits and fishery seasons. The council decided to seek a representative from each of the following groups or communities to serve on the subcommittee:

  • Salamatoff Tribe
  • Ninilchik Tribe
  • Kenaitze Tribe
  • Kenai River Sportfishing Association
  • Kenai River Professional Guides Association
  • Upper Cook Inlet Drift Association
  • Kenai Peninsula Fishermans Association
  • Community of Cooper Landing
  • Community of Hope
  • Community of Ninilchik
Under the motion passed by the council, members of the subcommittee will work within the framework of the subsistence priority for rural residents provided by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and in accordance with the customary and traditional use determinations established by the Federal Subsistence Board. The council directed that the subcommittee will work by consensus. Two members of the Southcentral council will participate in the subcommittees work, but will be nonvoting members. The Council said the subcommittee would seek technical assistance from State and Federal biologists and anthropologists. A date for the subcommittees initial meeting has not yet been determined, but the council expressed the intent that the subcommittee would begin work soon, so it could provide recommendations to the council prior to the councils next meeting, March 13-16. The council would then provide recommendations on fishery proposals to the Federal Subsistence Board, prior to its May 2007 meeting. Additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program can be found on the web at http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html.

National � Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act Passes Congress
12-24-2006

On December 8, 2006, in the final hours of the 109th Congress passed the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act.

President Bush, through his Ocean Action Plan, made reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act a top priority. The President called for an end to overfishing, increased use of market-based management tools, creation of a national saltwater angler registry, and an emphasis on ecosystem approaches to management.

The bill keeps intact the existing 10-year rebuilding timeframe and adds in new protections against overfishing. It requires fishery managers to base all quotas on the advice of scientists and advances new limitations on "cap-and-trade" fishing permit programs.

The new bill will:

  • authorize the use of market-based limited access privilege programs;
  • require establishment of a regionally-based registry for recreational fishermen;
  • strengthen fisheries enforcement;
  • authorize the Secretary to provide assistance to the Regional Fishery Management Councils for development of regional ecosystem pilot programs; and
  • establishes Community Based Restoration Programs that utilize public-private partnerships to restore fishery and coastal habitat, in line with the President's Cooperative Conservation Agenda.
"We believe that this legislation is an important step for the United States to rebuild our nation's fisheries and will allow our fishers to utilize all of the tools that are available so their fishing businesses can operate safely and economically," said Bill Hogarth, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

    North Pacific Final Rule Implements Rockfish Pilot Program in Central Gulf of Alaska
    12-05-2006

    NOAA Fisheries has published a final rule to implement Amendment 68 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska . Trawl industry representatives, primarily from Kodiak, AK, initiated the development of this program in conjunction with catcher/processor representatives. The goal is to improve the economic efficiency of the Central Gulf of Alaska rockfish fisheries. The program is authorized for two years, from January 1, 2007, until December 31, 2008. It provides exclusive harvesting and processing privileges for a specific set of rockfish species and for associated species harvested incidentally to those rockfish in the Central Gulf of Alaska.

    The program allows harvesters to choose when to fish, so that they can take advantage of market factors and avoid dangerous fishing conditions. The program is also expected to result in a slower-paced fishery, providing greater stability for processors by spreading out production over a longer period and increasing product quality in all sectors. NOAA made a number of changes to the program as a result of earlier public comments.

    For more information, read the final rule

    Deadline for Nominations to Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee Extended to Nov 30
    11-10-2006

    The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee is seeking new members to fill approximately 15 vacancies for Fall 2007. The Committee advises the Departments of Commerce and the Interior on the development and implementation of a national system of marine protected areas. Nominations are sought from natural and social scientists; state and territorial resource managers; representatives of ocean industry, commercial and recreational fishing, environmental organizations and others. The deadline for nominations has been extended to November 30, 2006. For more information, read the Federal Register notice or contact .

    In 2003, Tanana Chiefs Conference approached the U. S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (USIECR) (http://www.ecr.gov) to conduct a situation assessment and develop recommendations to enhance government-to-government consultations between Interior Alaska Tribes and the Department of Defense. In 2004, Resource Solutions at the University of Alaska Anchorage was chosen to conduct the assessment and contracted with Dee Hunt of DCH Consulting to lead the project on behalf of USIECR.

    Although the findings and recommendations are based on the process in Interior Alaska, they may also benefit others engaged in consultations about military impacts. Recommendations focus on strengthening the government-to-government relationship through developing a programmatic approach to consultation, including a shared funding structure.

    The final report entitled, Situation Assessment and Recommendations for Government-to-Government Consultations between Interior Alaska Tribes and the U. S. Department of Defense on Military Impacts in Interior Alaska can be found at: http://edit.uaa.alaska.edu/resourcesolutions/upload/USIECR-TCC%20Final%20Report.pdf .

    Life History Database for Species Found in North Pacific
    10-02-2006

    The Life History Database website was created by scientists in the Resource Ecology and Ecosystem Modeling group of NOAA�s Alaska Fisheries Science Center. This site allows users to access life history information for species inhabiting the eastern Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska management regions. The life history datasets in this database currently include information for target and non-target bycatch fish species. An extensive review of literature was conducted to collect known life history data for these species.

    Crab 'enhancement' gets a tryout off Kodiak
    10-02-2006

    Batches of baby king crabs could soon be growing in Kodiak Island waters, and scientists will be carefully nurturing their growth and progress. If all goes according to plan, the project will be the first in Alaska to advance larval crabs from the laboratory to the wild�
    Click here for more...

    Alaska � New Amendment Would Promote Conservation, Efficiency and Safety in Rockfish Fisheries
    10-02-2006

    Amendment 68 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) would establish a program that provides for exclusive harvesting and processing privileges for a specific set of rockfish species and associated species in the Central GOA. The granting of exclusive harvesting and processing privileges is commonly called rationalization. If approved, the proposed program would be effective through December 31, 2008.

    The primary species that would be rationalized under the program are northern rockfish, Pacific Ocean perch, and pelagic shelf rockfish. Incidentally harvested groundfish taken in the primary rockfish fisheries using trawl gear would also be rationalized under the program. These secondary species include Pacific cod, rougheye rockfish, shortraker rockfish, and sablefish. In addition, the program would allocate a portion of the halibut bycatch mortality limit annually specified for the GOA trawl fisheries to program participants based on their historic mortality rates in the primary species fisheries.

    By creating an exclusive harvest privilege, the program would provide greater security to harvesters in cooperatives. Although participants in the limited access fishery, opt-out fishery, and entry level fishery would not receive a guaranteed annual catch amount, most harvesters likely would participate in a cooperative that receives this allocation. This would increase the focus on quality, promote a slower paced fishery, enhance safety by providing a vessel operator more flexibility to choose when to fish and therefore avoid poor weather, and provide greater stability for processors by spreading out production over a greater period of time.

    Comments on Amendment 68 must be received before July 14.
    Send comments to:

    NOAA Fisheries Service Regulatory Impact Review and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for Four Proposed Amendments to Regulations that Implement the Halibut and Sablefish IFQ Program
    10-02-2006

    Proposed amendments to the halibut and sablefish fishery regulations would address four issues pertaining to the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for fixed gear Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries in and off Alaska. In 2005, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council identified four proposed actions as follows. Plan and regulatory amendments to the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Groundfish FMPs would be needed for Action 1, and regulatory amendments would be needed for Actions 2, 3, and 4.
    Click here for more information

    Alaska � NOAA to Conduct Survey on Options for Protecting Steller Sea Lions

    NOAA Fisheries Service plans to conduct a survey with the objective of measuring the preferences that U.S. residents have toward protecting the Steller sea lion, which is listed under the Endangered Species Act. Since different management options are available to protect Steller sea lions, it is important to understand the public's attitudes toward the variety of potential impacts on Steller sea lions, Alaskan fisheries and fishing communities, and the nation. Data will be collected primarily through a mail survey of a random sample of U.S. households. Additional data will be collected in telephone interviews with individuals who do not respond to the mail survey.

    At this stage, the public is invited to submit comments on the following issues: a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary; b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments may be sent to until October 16.

    For more information, read the notice or contact .

    Governor Accepting NPFMC Board Applications
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2006 06-154

    Governor Accepting NPFMC Board Applications North Pacific Fishery Management Council Seat Open

    (Juneau) � The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) seeks applicants for the seat soon to be vacated by Arne Fuglvog. Fuglvog, a commercial fisherman from Petersburg, has been an advisory committee member to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council for 12 years, and is currently the only active fisherman on the council.
    Click here for more information

    EVOS Trustee Council Invitation for Proposals, & call for Advisory Committee members

    The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council announces the release of the FY07 Invitation for Proposals. The Invitation may be downloaded from the
    Trustee Council�s website
    ADFG Public Notice:

    Alaska Sea Grant seeks public comment on its performance

    7/18/2006
    Fairbanks, Alaska-The NOAA Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a marine research, education, outreach and advisory service headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. This fall, Alaska Sea Grant will undergo a National Sea Grant review of its programs and activities conducted from late 2001 to present. In advance of this review, scheduled for September 10-14, 2006, public comment on the performance of Alaska Sea Grant toward meeting its mission goals and objectives is invited. Written comments from interested individuals, groups, associations, and others, are welcome. These may include, but are not limited to, fishermen and fishing associations, resource managers, seafood processors, marine and fisheries scientists, oceanographers, coastal engineers, K-12 and university educators, Alaska Native groups, community and environmental activists, tourism industry groups, harbormasters, city planners, and others. Written comments must be received by the close of business August 18, 2006.

    Contact: Doug Schneider, Information Officer, Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 907-474-7449, NR: SG-2006/NR235

    Comments can be submitted online or in writing to:

    Jerry Schubel, Ph.D.
    Chairman Program Assessment Team
    c/o Brian Allee
    Alaska Sea Grant College Program

    Fish council puts moratorium on halibut charter fishery while exploring solutions

    The North Pacific Fishery Management Council during their June meeting in Kodiak decided to proceed with an interim moratorium to stop new entrants into the halibut charter fishery. The plan was recommended by the Charter Halibut Stakeholder Committee as an initial step toward a permanent solution to the allocation tug of war between the commercial halibut fishery and the charterboat fishery� Click here for more information

    NPFMC Moratorium motion
    �Permanent Solution�

    Federal Subsistence Board Proposes Changes in Rural/Nonrural Status � Comment deadline Oct 27.

    The Federal Subsistence Board is seeking public comments through Oct. 27, 2006 on a proposed rule that would change the rural or nonrural status of several Alaska communities and areas. The Board will make a decision on a final rule in December 2006� comments are sought on the following proposed changes:

    Adak would change from nonrural to rural�
    Prudhoe Bay would change from rural to nonrural�
    Point MacKenzie would be grouped with the nonrural Wasilla area and would change from rural to nonrural.
    Fritz Creek East (not including Voznesenka) and the North Fork Road area would be grouped with the nonrural Homer area and would change from rural to nonrural.
    The nonrural Ketchikan area would be expanded to include all those living on the road system connected to the City of Ketchikan (except Saxman), as well as Pennock Island, and parts of Gravina Island and the entire area would be considered nonrural. However, Saxman would remain separate and rural�
    The Kodiak area, including the City of Kodiak, the Mill Bay area, the Coast Guard Station, Women's Bay and Bells Flats, would be grouped and would change from rural to nonrural.

    Written comments on this issue will be accepted through Oct. 27, 2006 and can be sent by e-mail to [email protected] , by fax at (907) 786-3898, or by mail� See June 23 USFWS news release at:

    Click Here for More Information

    Alaska - Request for Comments on Steller Sea Lion Recovery Plan

    NOAA Fisheries Service has announced the availability of a draft revised Recovery Plan for endangered and threatened Steller sea lion populations. The new recovery plan was developed and unanimously endorsed by 17 team members who represent the fishing industry, Alaska Natives, fishery and marine mammal scientists, and environmental organizations.

    The plan contains:
    1) a comprehensive review of Steller sea lion ecology,
    2) a review of previous conservation actions,
    3) a threats assessment,
    4) biological and recovery criteria for downlisting and delisting,
    5) actions necessary for the recovery of the species, and
    6) estimates of time and cost of recovery. All interested persons are invited to comment on the draft plan.

    Send comments to: by July 24.

    Governor Signs SB 291 � Establishing Harbor Facilities Grants Program

    Governor Frank H. Murkowski today signed into law SB 291, a bill that creates a 50/50 matching grant program to help coastal communities upgrade and maintain their small boat harbors. The bill was introduced by Sitka Senator Bert Stedman, while a companion bill was introduced in the House by Haines Representative Bill Thomas.

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    Alaska senator presents fish farm permitting bill

    Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens supports a new fish farm permitting system proposed by the Bush administration, but wants states to have the option of banning the industry within 200 miles of their shorelines. The state has no say about what goes on in federal waters under the current legislation, Stevens said at a hearing on the bill. Stevens sponsored the bill, but wants it amended to give states the veto power. (06/12/06) Juneau Empire

    Click Here for More Information

    Alaska - NOAA Scientists Report on Lingering Effects of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

    NOAA has been involved in evaluating the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which took place on March 24, 1989 when the tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, AK. NOAA continues to conduct research on the effects of the 1989 oil spill and monitor the persistence of oil in the environment. (Despite massive clean-up efforts over the past 17 years, scientists at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Auke Bay estimate that about six miles of shoreline is still affected by the spill and as much as 100 tons of oil lingers in the Sound.)

    In a study that was just concluded, NOAA Fisheries researchers at the Auke Bay Lab found oil buried in the low-tide zone, extending farther into tidal waters than previously thought. This tidal zone is an important feeding ground for sea otters, birds and other wildlife. The findings indicate that exposure to Exxon Valdez oil may be contributing to the slow recovery of shore-dwelling animals in some parts of Prince William Sound. For example, sea otters have not yet returned to Herring Bay and the population of otters elsewhere around northern Knight Island continues to decline. Unfortunately, because much of this oil is buried in beach sediments, it could remain hazardous to wildlife for decades.

    These findings will be published in the American Chemical Society's journal, Environmental Science & Technology on June 15. More information on NOAA Fisheries' research following the Exxon Valdez oil spill is available online.

    Rockfish Pilot Program Proposed for the Central Gulf of Alaska
    A proposed rule for Amendment 68 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska would implement the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Pilot Program. While the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is developing a comprehensive rationalization program for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska, a short-term solution is needed to stabilize the community of Kodiak. Kodiak has experienced multiple processing plant closures, its residential work force is at risk due to shorter processing seasons, and tax revenues continue to decrease as fish prices and port landings decrease. Congress recognized these problems and directed the Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Council, to implement a rockfish pilot program.
    Click here for more information

    New Shellfish Restoration Guide Available

    A Practitioners' Guide to the Design and Monitoring of Shellfish Restoration Projects was written jointly by the Nature Conservancy and the NOAA Restoration Center to help restoration practitioners design and monitor shellfish restoration projects. These projects restore not only the populations of target shellfish species � primarily clams, oysters, scallops � but also the �ecosystem services' associated with healthy populations of these organisms.

    As a primer for conservationists, resource managers and others interested in understanding basic approaches to the design and implementation of shellfish restoration projects, this publication provides advice on: 1) making the case for shellfish restoration; 2) identifying candidate species and an appropriate restoration strategy (or strategies); 3) choosing sites for restoration projects; 4) monitoring project outcomes; and, 5) creating effective partnerships for restoration projects.

    For more information, contact Stephanie..

    Alaska � New Amendment Would Promote Conservation, Efficiency and Safety in Rockfish Fisheries

    Amendment 68 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) would establish a program that provides for exclusive harvesting and processing privileges for a specific set of rockfish species and associated species in the Central GOA. The granting of exclusive harvesting and processing privileges is commonly called rationalization. If approved, the proposed program would be effective through December 31, 2008.

    The primary species that would be rationalized under the program are northern rockfish, Pacific Ocean perch, and pelagic shelf rockfish. Incidentally harvested groundfish taken in the primary rockfish fisheries using trawl gear would also be rationalized under the program. These secondary species include Pacific cod, rougheye rockfish, shortraker rockfish, and sablefish. In addition, the program would allocate a portion of the halibut bycatch mortality limit annually specified for the GOA trawl fisheries to program participants based on their historic mortality rates in the primary species fisheries.

    By creating an exclusive harvest privilege, the program would provide greater security to harvesters in cooperatives. Although participants in the limited access fishery, opt-out fishery, and entry level fishery would not receive a guaranteed annual catch amount, most harvesters likely would participate in a cooperative that receives this allocation. This would increase the focus on quality, promote a slower paced fishery, enhance safety by providing a vessel operator more flexibility to choose when to fish and therefore avoid poor weather, and provide greater stability for processors by spreading out production over a greater period of time.

    Comments on Amendment 68 must be received before July 14.
    Send comments to: .

    Federal Subsistence Board Approves Changes to Wildlife Regulations
    ANCHORAGE -- The Federal Subsistence Board approved changes to Federal subsistence hunting and trapping regulations at its May 16-18 meeting in Anchorage. The new regulations are effective July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.
    Click here for more information

    IMPORTANT

    (1) Hearing on Gulf Rationalization on Tuesday, June 6th - all day.
    Prior written testimony is greatly encouraged. Please ask people to address their concerns about Gulf Rationalization to the NPFMC Chair, Stephanie Madsen. Also, perhaps more important, is having people available to testify in person. There is expected to be a long list of testifiers so getting signed up relatively early is extremely important.

    No action on Gulf rationalization will be taken at this meeting. The next formal action will be at the December Council meeting in Anchorage.

    (2) Halibut Charterboat: Item C-4
    (a) review and refine moratorium alternatives
    (b) Receive stakeholder committee report and determine direction
    (c) NMFS report on enforcement of GHL preferred alternatives (5-fish annual limit)

    We have two opportunities to testify
    (a) AP (Advisory Panel) scheduled for 8:00 am, Wednesday, June 7th
    (b) Council - scheduled for 1:00 pm, Friday, June 9th and expected to go into the next day
    Times are subject to change.

    The effective date for a moratorium will be DECEMBER 9, 2005 if recommended options are adopted. Initial review of moratorium options will be at the December 2006 Council meeting in Anchorage.

    See the North Pacific Council web site @ http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/ for further detail.

    USFWS names Tom Melius new Alaska Regional Director

    Tom Melius has officially assumed his duties as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's new Alaska Regional Director, replacing Rowan Gould who has taken a position with the Service's Washington, D.C. office. Tom brings with him a wide range of experience, within the Service and from outside, that makes him well qualified to deal with the unique challenges and opportunities the Service faces here in Alaska. Look for press release to be posted at: http://alaska.fws.gov/external/newsroom/aknews.htm

    Alaska - NOAA Scientists Study Harbor Seals and Cruise Ships

    NOAA scientists, working with the Alaska cruise ship industry and members of the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, are documenting interactions between harbor seals and approaching cruise ships in Disenchantment Bay. Since 2002, NOAA biologists have been mapping and counting seals by aerial survey, and observing seal behavior from cruise ships in Disenchantment Bay, a glacial fjord that is a popular destination for cruise ships. Harbor seals haul out year-round on floating ice in tidewater glacial fjords which are popular destinations for tourism.

    In the final report, NOAA scientists describe the interactions between cruise ships and harbor seals during weekly peaks and lulls in ship traffic. The study examined potential effects of cruise ships on the behavior, abundance and distribution of harbor seals from early pupping to the molting season �approximately early May to mid-August. Once considered abundant throughout their range, counts of harbor seals over the last 30 years have declined in some areas of Alaska, including the Kodiak Archipelago and Prince William Sound. Of recent concern is the approximately 50% decline in harbor seals since 1992 at Glacier Bay National Park where numbers of watercraft, including cruise ships, have increased steadily over the same period.

    This cooperative effort, led by NOAA�s National Marine Mammal Laboratory, had support from the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, the NorthWest CruiseShip Association, Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska, federal government agencies, Alaska�s Department of Fish and Game, and the City and Borough of Yakutat.

    More information about the study is available online.

    New Rule Regarding Serious Marine Incident Alcohol Testing
    ACTION: Final rule.
    DATES: This final rule is effective June 20, 2006.
    SUMMARY: This final rule revises Coast Guard requirements for alcohol testing after a serious marine incident to ensure that mariners or their employees involved in a serious marine incident are tested for alcohol use within 2 hours of the occurrence of the incident as required under the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998. This final rule also requires that most commercial vessels have alcohol testing devices on board, and authorizes the use of saliva as an acceptable specimen for alcohol testing. This rule also makes some minor procedural changes, including a 32-hour time limit for collecting specimens for drug testing following a serious marine incident.
    Click here for details

    THE ALASKA BOARD OF FISHERIES CALLS FOR PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE SUBSISTENCE, PERSONAL USE, SPORT, GUIDED SPORT, AND COMMERCIAL FINFISH REGULATIONS FOR THE BRISTOL BAY, ARCTIC-YUKON-KUSKOKWIM, AND ALASKA PENINSULA/ALEUTIAN ISLANDS FINFISH AREAS AND STATEWIDE FINFISH REGULATIONS

    PROPOSAL DEADLINE - APRIL 10, 2006

    The Alaska Board of Fisheries is accepting proposed changes to the subsistence, personal use, sport, guided sport, and commercial finfish regulations for the Bristol Bay, Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim, and Alaska Peninsula/Aleutian Islands management areas.  Finfish includes: salmon, herring, trout, groundfish, char, burbot, northern pike, whitefish, Pacific cod, sablefish, shark, pollock, etc., but does not include halibut.

    In addition, the board is accepting proposed changes to the subsistence, personal use, sport, guided sport, and commercial statewide finfish provisions regulations.  Examples of “statewide finfish” regulations can be found in Title 5 of the Alaska Administrative Code and include, but are not limited to, policy for the management of sustainable salmon fisheries, policy for the management of mixed stock fisheries, policy for statewide salmon escapement goals, possession of sport-caught fish, fishing by proxy, etc.

    To insure that the proposed booklets are distributed well in advance of the board meetings and the fishing season, the board has set Monday, April 10, 2006 as the proposal deadline. 

    The following offices can officially receive proposals:

    Scott Crass
    Southeast Region
    PO Box 25526
    Juneau, AK 99802-5526
    Phone:  (907) 465-4046
    Fax:  (907) 465-6094

    Charlie Gregg
    Arctic Region
    PO Box 689
    Kotzebue, AK 99752-0689
    Phone:  (907) 442-1717
    Fax:  (907) 442-2847

    Sherry Wright
    Southcentral Region
    333 Raspberry Road
    Anchorage, AK 99518-1599
    Phone:  (907) 267-2354
    Fax:  (907) 267-2489

    Joe Chythlook
    Southwest Region
    PO Box 1030
    Dillingham, AK 99576-1030
    Phone:  (907) 842-5142
    Fax:  (907) 842-5514

    Rita St. Louis
    Interior Region
    1300 College Road
    Fairbanks, AK 99701
    Phone:  (907) 459-7263
    Fax:  (907) 474-8558

     


    Proposal forms may be obtained from any office of the Boards Support Section or on our website at http://www.state.ak.us/adfg/boards/bordhome.htm.  All proposals must contain an original signature, contact telephone number, and address.  Please print or type the individual's name and an organizational name if appropriate.   A fax is acceptable and considered an original.    Proposals must be received in one of the above offices by the deadline (a postmark is NOT sufficient for timely receipt). You are encouraged to submit proposals at the earliest possible date.

    Proposals are reviewed by the board's proposal review committee prior to publication.  Language that is emotionally charged detracts from the substance of the proposal.  It may draw opposition that may not be germane to the element(s) of the proposal and may elicit non-responsive charges from the public/board members.  The proposal review committee reserves the right to edit proposals containing offensive language.  Following publication, proposal booklets will be available to advisory committees and interested members of the public for review and comment.

    [Note:  Proposals received per the above “Call For Proposals” deadline will be considered by the Board of Fisheries during the October 2006 - March 2007 meeting schedule.]

    Click here to download proposal form
     
      Sherry Wright, Boards Support
    333 Raspberry Road
    Anchorage, AK 99518
    Phone:  907-267-2354
    Fax:  907-267-2489

    2006 Fisheries Economic Development Grant Program

    Through the Alaska Fisheries Revitalization Strategy, the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development is pleased to announce the 2006 Fisheries Economic Development Grant Program. Applications under the competitive matching grant program are due May 5, 2006. This is the fourth edition of this grant program which has traditionally invested funds into increasing the productivity of processing activities for seafood-related businesses. For complete details, please review the application guide.
    The application guide and format are available on line at - http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/seafood/revitalization/projects.htm.

    or
    Click here to Download 2006 FEDP Grant Program Application Guide

    If you would like a copy of the application guide and format mailed to you, please make that request to -

    Glenn Haight
    Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development
    PO Box 110804
    Juneau, Alaska 99811
    907-465-5464

    Halibut Charter IFQ: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; control date.
    (Federal Register Notice)
    This notice announces that anyone entering the charter sport fishery for Pacific halibut in and off Alaska after December 9, 2005 (control date) will not be assured of future access to that fishery if a management regime that limits the number of participants is developed and implemented under the authority of the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (Halibut Act). This notice is necessary to publish the intent of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) that participation credit may not be granted for operating in the charter halibut fishery if initial entry into the fishery occurs after the control date. http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-1726.htm

    Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute Program Announcement
    February 13, 2006

    NThrough funding made possible by the State of Alaska’s Fisheries Revitalization Strategy, the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development and the University’s Marine Advisory Program, are pleased to sponsor the Alaska Seafood Processor Leadership Institute.

    The Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute is a program designed to identify and foster individuals who are up and coming leaders in the seafood processing industry. Successful applicants will reside in communities adversely impacted by the downturn of the Alaska salmon industry and have successfully worked in seafood processing.

    Successful candidates will receive three weeks of seafood technical and business training and a focused field trip to the Boston Seafood show and Iceland in Spring 2007 to see first hand the processing capacity of other cold-water processing companies.

    Click here for more details and contact information or go on line at: http://www.uaf.edu/map/aspli/index.html. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 3, 2006. We look forward to your consideration of identifying and mentoring potential seafood processing leaders from your area.

    National - NOAA to Conduct Scoping on the Activities of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program February 1, 2006

    NOAA Fisheries Service has announced its intent to analyze the environmental impacts of the national Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. The mandated goals of the program are to: facilitate the collection and dissemination of reference data on the health of marine mammals and health trends of marine mammal populations in the wild; correlate the health of marine mammals and marine mammal populations, in the wild, with available data on physical, chemical, and biological environmental parameters; and coordinate effective responses to unusual mortality events.

    Individuals, groups and organizations throughout the country have been responding to stranded marine mammals for decades through special agreements with NOAA. The scoping process is the first step toward developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the cumulative impacts of the activities of this program. This EIS will assess the likely environmental effects of marine mammal health and stranding response under a range of alternatives. For all potentially significant impacts, the EIS will identify avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures to reduce these impacts, where feasible, to a level below significance.

    Public scoping meetings will take place beginning January 24 in the following locations: Santa Barbara, CA; San Francisco, CA; Honolulu, HI; Seattle, WA; Anchorage, AK; St. Petersburg, FL; Boston, MA; and Silver Spring, MD. For details, please refer to the scoping notice

    Alaska Board of Fisheries - Call For Proposals January 21, 2006

    THE ALASKA BOARD OF FISHERIES CALLS FOR PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE SUBSISTENCE, PERSONAL USE, SPORT, GUIDED SPORT, AND COMMERCIAL FINFISH REGULATIONS FOR THE BRISTOL BAY, ARCTIC-YUKON-KUSKOKWIM, AND ALASKA PENINSULA/ALEUTIAN ISLANDS FINFISH AREAS AND STATEWIDE FINFISH REGULATIONS PROPOSAL
    DEADLINE - APRIL 10, 2006

    The Alaska Board of Fisheries is accepting proposed changes to the subsistence, personal use, sport, guided sport, and commercial finfish regulations for the Bristol Bay, Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim, and Alaska Peninsula/Aleutian Islands management areas. Finfish includes: salmon, herring, trout, groundfish, char, burbot, northern pike, whitefish, Pacific cod, sablefish, shark, pollock, etc., but does not include halibut.

    For more information do to http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/news/newstemp.php

    NOAA�S National Marine Sanctuary Program Launches Online Encyclopedia of Marine Life

    NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program has announced a new free online resource that highlights the diverse marine life of America's ocean and Great Lakes treasures. The "Encyclopedia of the Sanctuaries" offers photos, streaming video and important facts for more than 100 key animal and plant species from each of the national marine sanctuaries. The "Encyclopedia of the Sanctuaries" allows users to search for their favorite species or browse the wildlife of each sanctuary by category, ranging from spiny lobster to killer whales and from white-tipped reef sharks to sea anemones. The encyclopedia entry for each species includes a photo, quick facts, information about its diet, habitat, distribution and status, and links to outside resources for more information. Many of the entries also offer engaging, high-quality video clips of species in their natural habitats, making the "Encyclopedia of the Sanctuaries" a great resource for educators, students of all ages, zoos and aquaria, science and technology centers, and natural history museums.

    The online encyclopedia was developed by NOAA in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and The Ocean Channel, Inc., a California-based new-media corporation. It is part of a continuing effort to enhance the public's understanding and appreciation of the ocean environment.

    The Encyclopedia is available online at: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education.

    Retention of �Other Rockfish� Prohibited in the Central Gulf of Alaska

    NOAA Fisheries Service has prohibited retention of "other rockfish"' in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska. ("Other rockfish'' consists of all slope and demersal shelf rockfish.) Catch of "other rockfish'' in this area must be treated in the same manner as prohibited species and discarded at sea with a minimum of injury. This action is necessary because the "other rockfish'' 2005 total allowable catch in this area has been reached. The prohibition remains in effect through December 31, 2005. For more information, contact .

    NOAA Seeking Industry & Trade Specialist;

    NOAA Fisheries Service is seeking a Trade Specialist for the Office of Constituent Services. The incumbent will plan and coordinate trade development programs and events to promote U.S. exports; analyze and recommend positions on complex trade issues and negotiating strategies; develop and disseminate trade information to U.S. businesses and associations; and provide export counseling to constituents. Applications will be accepted through August 15. This is a full time, permanent position in Silver Spring, MD. All U.S. citizens are eligible, and potential candidates now working outside of NOAA are encouraged to apply. Nominations are open from August 1 - September 15, 2005. For more information, please go to www.usajobs.com

    FishNews August 19, 2005

    Note from the Assistant Administrator, Dr. Bill Hogarth: I'd like to update you on some personnel changes that have occurred at NOAA Fisheries Service over the past several months. Dr. Rebecca Lent has moved to become the head of a new Office of International Affairs at NOAA Fisheries, and Dr. Jim Balsiger is acting as Deputy AA for Regulatory Programs. Following Dr. Michael Sissenwine's recent retirement, Dr. Steve Murawski is now serving as Director of Scientific Programs. In the field, Doug Mecum has been selected as the new Deputy Regional Administrator for the Alaska Region. Doug is currently the Director of the Division of Commercial Fisheries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Juneau. Dr. John Stein has been selected as the Deputy Director for the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.

    NOAA Fisheries Service Solicits Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC)

    Monday, August 1st a request for nominations to MAFAC published in the Federal Register and is posted to the MAFAC webpage at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ocs/mafac/. NOAA Fisheries anticipates selecting up to eight new members to serve during the 2006-2009 term. The MAFAC is a national body of representative stakeholders with expertise in fisheries science and management issues that advises the Secretary of Commerce on all matters concerning living marine resources. Members serve a term of three years with two meetings each year. Members may serve no more than two consecutive terms and may not be a Federal employee or a member of a Regional Fishery Management Council. Nominations are open from August 1 � September 12, 2005.

    Visit NOAA's Redesigned Ocean Explorer Web Site

    Visitors to NOAA's redesigned Ocean Explorer Web site can team up with other players around the globe to reveal pieces of an ocean-related picture-puzzle, and access a printable calendar and screen savers with images from the deep ocean. The Web site also chronicles expeditions to unknown or poorly known areas of the ocean with daily reports from scientists at sea richly illustrated with images from the seafloor. Teachers will find lesson plans that are linked directly to expeditions and to National Science Education Standards. Students can learn more about a variety of marine science careers at OceanAGE Careers under the site's 'Education' area. http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/

    AK Fishing Photos wanted for AFS September meeting

    The meeting's opening session will start with a powerpoint slide show of Alaska fish, fishing, and fishing-related stuff, such as seafood processing.  We are seeking high-resolution photographs to use in this show.  We want to "shock and awe" the audience, who come from most states and several countries, by showing them the magnitude and variety of Alaska's fishing industry.  Please let us use your pix.  We cannot pay you, but we will give you on-screen credit, which will be seen by over 2,000 people.  Please contact Steve Grabacki, ph: +907-272-5600 or

    Bill Noll Appointed Commissioner of Commerce
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2005 05-120

    Bill Noll Appointed Commissioner of Commerce

    (Juneau) � Governor Frank H. Murkowski appointed Bill Noll as commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Noll has lived in Alaska for 37 years, has worked in fishing, tourism and international trade and is a former mayor and city council member of Seward.

    Noll has served as a deputy commissioner for DCCED since January 2003. In April 2005 Noll was appointed to serve as the governor�s director of communications. Noll also served as a deputy commissioner for Economic Development and International Trade under the Hickel Administration.

    "Bill brings with him institutional knowledge, understanding of the complex issues of the department, and a real love of Alaska," said Murkowski. "His appointment will ensure continuity for the programs and services provided by Commerce."

    Acting Commissioner Al Clough will resume his position as deputy commissioner for the department. Clough said he is pleased with the appointment of Noll to lead the department.

    "Bill is a straight shooter with an eye for progress," said Clough. "Alaskans are well served with him as commissioner of the Department of Commerce."

    The appointments are effective immediately.

    The Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development regulates and assists the state�s business sector, assists in promoting Alaska�s resources for development and assists rural and urban communities with a variety of infrastructure needs.

    Catch or See an Atlantic Salmon? - Please Call 1-877-INVASIV (1-877-468-2748)
    call ADF&G hotline, keep fish whole and refrigerate if possible.

    April 2005

    Community Impact Assessment Data Issues in the North Pacific Fisheries
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    Issues in the North Pacific Fisheries. Processors by Community. Table 8. ...
    Processing Value Added and Processor PercentageDependency for Unalaska an ...
    www.uaf.edu/seagrant/Conferences/fish-com/powerpoints/downs.pdf

    North Pacific Fishery Management Council Community considerations ...
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    Ex-Vessel Value of Alaska Landings. Average Annual Ex-Vessel value ... Act of
    1976 to manage fisheries in federal waters. The North Pacific Council is ...
    www.uaf.edu/seagrant/Conferences/ fish-com/powerpoints/oliver.pdf - Similar pages

    Fishing Community Profiles for the North Pacific
    File Format: Microsoft Powerpoint 97
    Landings by value. Number of processors. Number of vessels delivering ...
    Involvement in North Pacific Fisheries. Commercial Fishing ...
    www.st.nmfs.gov/st5/brown_bag_sessions/ 2005/documents/Sepez_HQ_Social_Science_Talk%202005.ppt

    National � NOAA's Offshore Aquaculture Bill Introduced in the Senate

    NOAA's National Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2005 was introduced in the Senate this week by Commerce Committee Co-Chairmen Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI). Now known as S. 1195, the bill would grant the Secretary of Commerce new authority to issue permits for offshore aquaculture in federal ocean waters, also known as the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, while providing environmental and other safeguards to protect wild stocks, marine ecosystems, and other users. The Act, which does not supersede existing authorities, specifically provides for coordination and consultation with other federal agencies, Fishery Management Councils, and coastal states.

    Please visit www.noaa.gov/aquaculture for more information about the bill, including responses to frequently asked questions.

    Legislature Passes Resolution Regarding Fish Farming in Federal Waters
    Released: April 12, 2005

    Click here for more information           Click here for bill text

    Results from "Managing Fisheries & Empowering Communities" Conference
    Sponsored by ADFG, MAP, Sea Grant, and NMFS. Anchorage.

    The slide presentations that you saw during the conference are now on the web, as well as the results from our breakout groups. You can find them all at http://www.uaf.edu/seagrant/Conferences/fish-com/announce.html

    Also on the link above is a link to an evaluation form. Your feedback would be appreciated for similar future events.

    The "Fishermen's Direct Marketing Manual" (just updated)

    This book will help fishermen decide whether to direct-market their catch, and tell them how to avoid potential pitfalls of direct marketing. Chapters address strategies for distributing seafood, finding domestic and international customers for the catch, packaging and shipping seafood products, the basics of business planning, and other important topics. Based on an earlier edition, the Alaska Fisherman's Direct Marketing Manual, this book has updated information and a much wider geographic focus, for fishermen in Washington, Oregon, and California. Published by the Alaska Marine Advisory Program, with Alaska, Oregon, and Washington Sea Grant programs.

    Click here for more information

    International Pacific Halibut Commision Completes 2005 Annual Meeting

    Click here for more information

    NMFS Privacy Act System of Records, Permits and Regis. for Fisheries EEZ off AK

    http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-4109.htm

    Skinner Memorial Award 2005 Call for Applications

    The John E. Skinner Memorial Fund was established in memory of John Skinner, former Chapter and Western Division American Fisheries Society President.  The fund provides monetary travel awards for deserving graduate students or exceptional undergraduate students to attend the American Fisheries Society (AFS) annual meeting.  The 2005 meeting will be held inAnchorage, Alaskafrom September 11-15.

    Any student who is active in fisheries or related aquatic disciplines is eligible to apply.  Awardees are chosen by a committee of the AFS Education Section.  Selection is based on academic qualifications, professional service, and reasons for attending the meeting.  Travel support not to exceed $600 per award will be made available to successful applicants.  Award winners will also receive a one year paid membership to the American Fisheries Society.

    Applications are available via the AFS web site (www.fisheries.org)AFS campus representative, or contact:

    Dr. Steven R.Chipps
    NPBL 2140B
    USGSSouth DakotaCooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
    South Dakota State University
    Brookings, SD 57007
    605.688.6121

    E-mail:

    Completed applications must be received by May 6, 2005.

    FISH BOARD PROPOSAL DEADLINE APPROACHING
    Interested parties have less than three weeks to submit proposals for changes to commercial, subsistence, personal use, sport and guided sport fishing regulations to the Board of Fisheries for consideration at its 2005-2006 meetings beginning this fall.
    Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m. is the submissions deadline and proposals must be received at Board Support Offices, not merely postmarked by that date.
    Proposal forms and more information about submitting proposals, including addresses and fax numbers are available at the board's website: "http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/index.php"
    The board will consider proposals for the Prince William Sound, Southeast and Yakutat management areas and for statewide Dungeness crab, shrimp and miscellaneous shellfish fisheries. A draft meeting schedule, including dates and locations, will be published in May.
    A $100,000 budget increase requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski for the Boards of Fisheries & Game would allow them to again meet in regional centers other than Anchorage Fairbanks and Juneau beginning this fall.
    Neither the House nor Senate has completed action on the fiscal 2006 budget
    to date.

    NPFMC community protections options for the rationalization of groundfish in the North Gulf, items currently in analysis.

    Click here for motion

    Visit the NPFMC website

    Ecotrust Canada

    Canada- U.S study finds fisheries privatization hurting B.C. First Nations and coastal communities

    Read Summary

    Visit Ecotrust Canada website

    NOAA Fisheries Service - Alaska – 2005-2006 Groundfish Regulations Finalized

    NOAA Fisheries Service has published final 2005 and 2006 harvest specifications, reserves and apportionments, Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limits, and associated management measures for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska. Final harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area have also been published.

    The 2005 and 2006 management measures are effective through December 31, 2006. Copies of the final regulations and supporting documents are available at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov.

    For more information on the Gulf of Alaska regulations, please contact [email protected].

    For more information on regulations for the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands, contact .

     

    Help Wanted - ADF&G Commissioner position reposted.

    Anchorage Daily News Classified Ads: Employment: Professional

    The State of Alaska is recruiting for Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. The department's mission is to manage, protect, rehabilitate, enhance & develop fish & wildlife resources in the interest of the economy and general well-being of the state. The candidate shall be a qualified executive with knowledge of the requirements for protection, management, conservation & restoration of the fish & wildlife resources of the state. Applicants should provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae with statement of resource management philosophy, a statement of personnel management philosophy & phone numbers & email addresses of three professional references.

    Application materials must be submitted no later than 5 pm, February 11, 2005, to: Diana Cote, Executive Director Alaska Department of Fish and Game P.O. Box 25526, Juneau, AK 99802 . Fax: 907-465-6094 Questions may be referred to Diana Cote at the above email address, or at (907) 465-4110.

    DCED posts Regional Seafood Development Association regs.

    The Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development is announcing that the Regional Seafood Development Association regulations guiding the application process will be effective February 24, 2005. Prior to the effective date, the Department will be initiating the Application Development Period. If an organization or person is considering applying as a Regional Seafood Development Association, that organization/individual is encouraged to provide written notice of the intent.

    Please visit the Department web site at: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/seafood/rsda_home.htm to find out what is requested under the Application Development Period.

    Once the regulations are effective, the Department will be accepting applications to determine the associations.

    If you have any questions, email or call Glenn Haight at 907-465-5464.

    NMFS and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council

    NMFS and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council have completed the Preliminary Final Environmental Impact Statement for Essential Fish Habitat Identification and Conservation in Alaska (EFH EIS). The document evaluates alternatives for three actions: describing and identifying EFH, adopting an approach to identify Habitat Areas of Particular Concern, and minimizing the adverse effects of fishing on EFH.

    In preparation for final Council action at the February 2005 meeting, NMFS is distributing hard copies of several key sections of the EIS, plus a compact disk with the entire document, including appendices. The hard copy excerpts include the Executive Summary, Section 4.3.7 (which evaluates the consequences of Alternative 5B, including the options recently added by the Council), Section 4.5 (the summary and conclusions from the Environmental Consequences chapter), Appendix B (the revised evaluation of the effects of fishing on EFH), and Appendix L (response to public comments). We are sending this material to all Council members as well as the Advisory Panel and Scientific and Statistical Committee. We are also sending copies to a number of stakeholders who have been actively following this issue. Other interested parties may obtain the documents via the Alaska Region�s web site at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/habitat/seis/efheis.htm.

    At the February Council meeting we will provide an overview of the EFH EIS with an emphasis on changes made since the draft EIS was released last year. We anticipate that the Council will select its preferred alternative for each of the three actions. We will then revise the document accordingly and prepare it for publication.

    Any questions regarding the EFH EIS should be directed to Jon Kurland, Assistant Regional Administrator for Habitat Conservation, at 907-586-7638 or .

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