UFA Update

October 2, 2009

Members and lapsed members – renew your UFA dues online at
http://www.ufa-fish.org/paymt.htm .
We will hold our Fall meeting on Tuesday November 17th and Wednesday November 18th at the Swedish Cultural Center near Lake Union in Seattle – AND On Thursday, Nov 19th, the UFA meeting will be held as part of Pacific Marine Expo, at the Qwest Center. We will hold a reception and seafood barbeque on the evening of Thursday Nov 19th at the Swedish Cultural Center.

Health Care, Ocean Acidification, Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations, Ocean Policy, Federal Offshore Aquaculture Legislation, Sustainability Certification Programs, the need for comprehensive public relations on behalf of fishing families and your fishing businesses, and the need for a National Seafood Coalition are all likely to be on our agenda.  Please consider supporting UFA today, and join us at Pacific Marine Expo in November.

Table of Contents
1. Comment Deadline October 17th on Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Report
2. Coast Guard head wants tougher fishing safety laws
3. Qualifications and Credentialing of Mariners: A Continuing Examination
4. Don Young speaks on Coast Guard Reauthorization
5. House hearing Sept. 30 - Review of the Coast Guard's Search and Rescue Mission
6. Pacific Fishing Magazine Photo Contest- Deadline Oct 15.
7. Preliminary value of Bristol Bay salmon nears $130M
8. Coalition sues to block Pebble mine permits
9. Lawmakers deny funding for Cook Inlet salmon report
10. ADN Our view: Sole-source contract
11. Sen. Begich Comments on Boxer-Kerry Climate Change Bill
12. Sen. Murkowski’s Comments on Boxer-Kerry Cap-and-Trade Bill
13. Emergency Funds Granted to City of Pelican by Governor Sean Parnell
14. Parnell Selects Alaskans for Salmon Treaty Boards
15. Lubchenco Improving Engagement with the Recreational Fishing Community
16. Catch share strife grows
17. Fishermen must follow trucking laws
18. USDA Secretary Vilsack Highlights Healthcare Disparities in Rural America
19. ADF&G Internal Review of Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation.
20. Kookesh subsistence trial delayed
21. Herring value could rise in world food aid programs
22. Bill introduced re qualified withdrawals from capital construction fund. 
23. Restoration effort helps heal Tongass
24. NOAA to Pursue National Policy for Sustainable Marine Aquaculture
25. BC Sea Lice Levels Said Dropping, but Morton Issues Caution
26. House Resources Oversight Hearing On Offshore Aquaculture docs posted
27. 247-acre open-ocean fish farm nears launch off Hawaii's Big Isle
28. “Sustainable Milestone for (farmed) Atlantic Salmon in America”
29. Bordallo Praises House Passage of Ocean Conservation Bills
30. Obama Follows Bush on Columbia Salmon Recovery
31. Utility agrees to removal of 4 Klamath River dams
32. Boom in hydropower pits fish against climate
33. Hydropower boom may not be a bust for salmon
34. New Limits on Pesticide Uses Will Protect Salmon
35. Vancouver Sun: Is the Pacific salmon fishery collapsing or sustainable?
36. Coast Guard hosts Alaska Oil Spill Awareness Seminar (Sept 29)
 37. As Oil Enriches Australia, Spill Is Seen as a Warning
38. Just a reminder: there's lots of competition for Alaska seafood
39.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
40. Comment Deadline October 30 on North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program
41. Comment by October 16 on Data Collection for the Trawl Rationalization
42. NOAA posts Experimental Permitting Process, Exempted Fishing Permits, and Scientific Research Activity final regs.
43. NMFS posts BSAI and GOA Groundfish LLP rule.
44. NMFS posts BSAI Crab post-delivery Transfer final rule (Amendment 28)
45. Comment by October 13 on  ESA Humpback Whale Status and Request for Information
46. NOAA releases results of 2009 pollock surveys
47. All Councils website debuts with links to all regions’ Councils
48. IPHC Request for Proposals - Bait Needed for 2010 IPHC Stock Assessment
49. 2009 IPHC Interim Meeting Announcement – December 7 & 8, Seattle
50. North Pacific Research Board 2010 Request for Proposals Released
51. Fisheries of the United States - 2008
52. AK Board of Fisheries work session October 13-14, Anchorage


1. Comment Deadline October 17th on Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Report
On June 12, 2009, the President established an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.
   
On September 10, 2009, the Task Force submitted its interim report to the President addressing the first three tasks outlined above. To allow for additional public engagement and comment before the President makes any final decision on the interim report, the Task Force is issuing it for a 30-day public comment period.

DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before October 17, 2009.

The Task Force Interim Report is available – and Comments on the Task Force Interim Report should be submitted electronically at http://www.whitehouse.gov/oceans
 (or in writing to the Council on Environmental Quality, Attn: Michael Weiss, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503.)

Federal Register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22868.htm

Interim Report document: http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/09_17_09
_Interim_Report_of_Task_Force_FINAL2.pdf

NOAA Press Release:
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20090918_ceq2.html


2. Coast Guard head wants tougher fishing safety laws
CAPE MAY - Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen called on Congress to pass new regulations to make the commercial fishing industry operate more safely.

Allen, speaking at Training Center Cape May, said the Coast Guard wants mandatory safety training of fishermen, inspection of vessels and stability tests on the boats, especially when they have been retrofitted to alter their original purpose, as doing so can change a vessel's center of gravity.

"I think it's time to come to grips with fishing vessel safety. We could close safety gaps and prevent some tragic loss of life," Allen said.
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/cape_ma
y/article_087d806c-8951-11de-b090-001cc4c002e0.html

For HR 2652 Vessel Safety legislation by Oberstar, see http://thomas.loc.gov/ , search by bill number.


3. Qualifications and Credentialing of Mariners: A Continuing Examination
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing October 7 -
http://transportation.house.gov/hearings/hearing
Detail.aspx?NewsID=1020


4. Don Young speaks on Coast Guard Reauthorization
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rokwpHn-TH
8&feature=player_embedded#


5. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing Sept. 30 - Review of the Coast Guard's Search and Rescue Mission
http://transportation.house.gov/hearings/hearing
Detail.aspx?NewsID=997


6. Pacific Fishing Magazine Photo Contest- Deadline Oct 15.
have pretty nice photo contest going. Top prize is two tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. Go to www.pacificfishing.com  and clck on the "Click here to enter the photo contest" banner.
-Don McManman


7. Preliminary value of Bristol Bay salmon nears $130M
By Margaret Bauman , Alaska Journal of Commerce
Above average 2009 harvests of more than 32 million Bristol Bay salmon of all species were worth nearly $130 million to commercial fishermen, 8 percent above the 20-year-average, state fisheries officials said Sept. 22…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/100209
/fis_32_003.shtml


8. Coalition sues to block Pebble mine permits
By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK
State regulators violated the Alaska Constitution when they approved exploration permits for the proposed Pebble copper and gold mine without first allowing the public to weigh in, a civil lawsuit filed today contends.

The suit was filed in Anchorage Superior Court by a coalition of Bristol Bay Native village corporations, former Alaska first lady Bella Hammond, state constitutional convention delegate Victor Fischer and several people who live in Southwest Alaska villages.
http://www.adn.com/money/industries/mining/
story/880648.html


9. Lawmakers deny funding for Cook Inlet salmon report
State lawmakers have denied a $20,000 request from a legislative task force to complete a report, due last February, that was supposed to make recommendations on sport/commercial salmon fishing issues in Cook Inlet.
Instead, Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, who chaired the now-defunct Cook Inlet Salmon Task Force, plans to release an unfinished draft report in early October…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/100209/
fis_32_001.shtml


10. ADN Our view: Sole-source contract
Rep. Johnson requests work for former campaign consultant
It may well be a good idea for the Legislature to spend $20,000 on a long-overdue report from its Joint Cook Inlet Salmon Task Force -- but Chair Craig Johnson went about it wrong. The South Anchorage state representative pushed a sole-source contract that would give the job to his former campaign consultant, Mark Higgins, a person who also just happens to be married to a woman on Rep. Johnson's committee staff…
http://www.adn.com/opinion/view/story/927330.html


11. Sen. Begich Comments on Boxer-Kerry Climate Change Bill
(Sept. 30) U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement today following the release of the Boxer-Kerry Climate Change bill:

"Our nation is experiencing dramatic changes from climate change and no one knows that better than Alaskans who are at ground zero for its impacts. It's clear the federal government needs to act, in partnership with state and local governments and industry.

"I appreciate the efforts of Senators Boxer and Kerry to deal with climate change through the bill they released today. This bill is a solid first start with many placeholders and lots of room for improvement.

http://begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases
&ContentRecord_id=7794a394-5afa-4dd8-8096-3f571a65
a383&ContentType_id=ef710aa3-7e29-440a-b9de-316ee
20df1b5


12. Sen. Murkowski’s Comments on Boxer-Kerry Cap-and-Trade Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – (Sept. 30) U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following comments on the introduction of the Boxer-Kerry cap-and-trade bill:

“Right now health care reform is taking center stage, the Senate Finance Committee is marking up the bill and rejecting the massive costs associated with it, yet the Boxer-Kerry climate bill is like déjà vu when we look at how much it costs,” Murkowski said. “Once again we are given a massive bill with massive costs.”…

http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases
&ContentRecord_id=d3035cf9-eb11-4206-abd3-852ac6d1c752
&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&
Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624


13. Emergency Funds Granted to City of Pelican by Governor Sean Parnell
September 30, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today signed Administrative Order 251, granting the City of Pelican access to disaster relief funds.

Severe rainfall in August collapsed the city’s water flume. Pelican was without drinking water for several days until a temporary bypass line and gasoline-powered pump restored the water-supply system.

“The failure of this simple flume created a number of complex threats requiring immediate emergency measures,” Governor Parnell said. “The quick response and teamwork from local and state agencies averted those threats.”

Administrative Order 251 will allow for distribution of state relief funds up to $100,000. The funds will cover emergency response efforts and temporary and permanent repairs to the Pelican water supply system…

Governor Parnell Press Release: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/archive.php?id=5085&type=1


14. Parnell Selects Alaskans for Salmon Treaty Boards
Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today nominated Alaskans for service on the Pacific Salmon Commission and its panels relating to management of salmon fisheries in Southeast Alaska and Canadian waters.

The Pacific Salmon Commission was established by the 1985 Pacific Salmon Treaty between the United States and Canada to coordinate management of Pacific salmon stocks off their coasts. Members of the commission and its panels include representatives of government and fishing interests.

Pacific Salmon Commission
Governor Parnell nominated David Bedford to continue serving as Alaska’s commissioner in the U.S. Section of the Pacific Salmon Commission, and James Bacon to continue serving as Alaska’s alternate commissioner in that section. The nominations are subject to final approval and appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Pacific Salmon Commission, Northern Panel
Governor Parnell nominated William F. Auger, Mitchell L. Eide, Arnold M. Enge, Dennis E. Longstreth, Howard T. Pendell and Robert M. Thorstensen Jr. to continue their service on the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Northern Panel, as public members with experience in salmon fisheries. These nominations are subject to final approval and appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce…

Governor Parnell Press Release:http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=5059


15. Lubchenco Improving Engagement with the Recreational Fishing Community
September 2, 2009
“Saltwater recreational fishing is among the most popular outdoor sports in America with anglers representing one of NOAA's largest organized constituencies. Not only are anglers stewards of our ocean, they contribute greatly to the economic vitality of our coastal communities. For these reasons, I believe it is in NOAA's best interests to adopt polices and practices that will protect ocean ecosystems and ensure one of America's most treasured pastimes endures for future generations.
… As a first step, I will create a new position of senior policy advisor for recreational fishing that will report directly to the assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries and be charged with addressing the interests of the recreational community within the agency as we consider policy…
   As a first task, the advisor will coordinate, in cooperation with the angling community, a recreational fishing summit to identify issues of concern and possible solutions. This national meeting will be followed by a series of joint problem-solving roundtables to identify roadblocks to an improved relationship and to design reasonable solutions…”
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/
20090902_recfishing.html
 


16. Catch share strife grows
By Richard Gaines - Gloucester Times Staff Writer
Recreational fishing interests have registered their intense opposition to "catch shares" — the high-priority regulatory policy sought by the Obama administration to commodify and limit access to fisheries in an effort to align investment with conservation interests and reduce competition among individual fishing boats…
http://www.gloucestertimes.com/punews/local
_story_271224237.html


17. Fishermen must follow trucking laws
Joy Landaluce – Cordova Times
September 24, 2009 at 12:02PM AKST
Frustrated fishermen jammed into the old courthouse in the upstairs of the U.S. Forest Service building on Sept. 16. As a follow-up to their visit earlier in the season, two representatives from the Department of Transportation were in Cordova to clearly outline the towing regulations as they pertain to fishing vessels and trailers.

Cordova District Fisherman United executive director Rochelle van den Broek took notes during the meeting, and later relayed an eight-step to-do list to the fleet..
“I’d suggest working your way down the list, step-by-step. With luck, Harris’ proposed legislation to exempt fishermen from this rule will slide through easily.”
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/news/show/7406


18. USDA Secretary Vilsack Highlights Healthcare Disparities in Rural America
"Almost one in four Americans living in towns with less than 2,500 people have no health insurance coverage, and it's this disparity that demonstrates the need for health reform in our country," Vilsack said. "President Obama and I are committed to helping revitalize rural America and building strong, robust communities and reforming our healthcare system will help further that goal."
… Recent studies show that rural Americans pay 39% of their total health care costs, out of pocket - the highest percentage for all Americans. Meanwhile, rural Americans are more likely than their urban counterparts to postpone or forego medical care because of the cost - 9% say they delayed care and 7% skipped treatment. At the same time, rural residents are more likely to report fair to poor health status than urban residents, have a higher mortality rate and are more likely to have a chronic condition such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

From the USDA Press release at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_
1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/09/0482.xml


19. ADF&G Internal Review of Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation.
Special Publication No. 09-10. ADF&G (Alaska Department of Fish and Game) 2009.
11.mb pdf file is online at http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/FedAidPDFs/SP09-10.pdf

ADF&G recent reports are online at: http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/geninfo/pubs/pubs_recent.php


20. Kookesh subsistence trial delayed
The trial of Sen. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, and three co-defendants over subsistence fishing violations will not take place on Monday as previously scheduled…
The trial is likely to be rescheduled to January, Sitka Superior Court Judge David George said during a telephone hearing on Wednesday…
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100109
/loc_499469100.shtml

Previous item: SITKA, ALASKA (2009-08-14) State senator Albert Kookesh and three others have pleaded not guilty to a subsistence fishing violation, and will contest the charges. Kookesh appeared in district court in his home town of Angoon on Wednesday (8-12-09) to enter his plea… KFSK Petersburg audio:
http://kfsk.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=
sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=767


21. Herring value could rise in world food aid programs
A pilot project to introduce canned herring into international food aid programs could provide critical protein to hungry people, as well as open markets to generate a much-needed boost to coastal Alaska communities, said the fisherman who developed the program.
The potential for Alaska fisheries is about a $13 million market, said Bruce Schactler, a Kodiak salmon and herring fisherman who works primarily these days as food aid coordinator for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. ..
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/073109/fis
_img15_003.shtml


22. Bill introduced re qualified withdrawals from capital construction fund.  Representative Davis (D-AL) introduced the Vessel Repair Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 3370) to permit qualified withdrawals from a capital construction fund account for the maintenance or repair of United States-flag vessels provided that the maintenance or repair is performed within the United States. (7/29/09-Bryants Maritime Blog).
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?
dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3370ih.txt.pdf

For HR 3370 see http://thomas.loc.gov/ , and search by bill number.


23. Restoration effort helps heal Tongass
Conservation groups, Forest Service team up for recovery projects
By Mary Pemberton | The Associated Press
…In Alaska, The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited and other groups have teamed up with industry and the U.S. Forest Service on recovery projects…
http://juneauempire.com/stories/092809/sta_498314713.shtml


24. NOAA to Pursue National Policy for Sustainable Marine Aquaculture
On September 3, 2009, NOAA announced its intent to develop a comprehensive national policy for sustainable marine aquaculture in the coming months, providing a framework for addressing aquaculture activity in federal waters. The national policy also will provide context for the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Regulating Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, which took effect on Sept. 3.
http://aquaculture.noaa.gov/news/welcome.html#natlpolicy


25. BC Sea Lice Levels Said Dropping, but Morton Issues Caution
Courier-IslanderJuly 24, 2009
Preliminary results from the joint Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) and Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) sea lice monitoring program in the Broughton Archipelago indicate that sea lice levels in 2009 on juvenile pink and chum salmon migrating through the region are lower than in recent years.

But environmental activist Alexandra Mortion says that was to be expected.

"This plan calls for an alternating strategy and this is the year where the most problematic fish farms, the ones in the long narrow Tribune Channel, were emptied or fallowed," writes Morton. "But next year these fish farms will be stocked with more farm salmon than ever. The lower lice levels seen this year are telling us that when you remove the farm salmon, the number of lice on the wild juvenile salmon decreases."…
http://www.canada.com/Lice+Levels+Said+Dropping+Morton
+Issues+Caution/1824570/story.html


26. Oversight Hearing On Offshore Aquaculture – House Resources 'Subcommittee On Insular Affairs, Oceans And Wildlife
Documents posted from September 9 hearing… NOAA’s Balsiger, UFA E.D. Vinsel and FVOA’s Alverson testified…
http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/index.php?option=com
_jcalpro&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=285


27. 247-acre open-ocean fish farm nears launch off Hawaii's Big Isle
12 million pounds of fish per year target of project off Big Island
…The Honolulu company proposing to raise sashimi-grade 'ahi last week published a final environmental impact statement with the state, clearing a major regulatory hurdle in the effort to start operations projected to generate more than $100 million in annual sales.

The venture, if realized, would be the third aquaculture farm in Hawai'i raising fish from eggs and growing them to market size in underwater ocean cages.

It also would be the biggest in terms of production and space occupied — 12 million pounds of fish a year raised below 247 acres of sea surface 2.6 miles off Kawaihae, north of the resorts in West Hawai'i….
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090727/
NEWS01/907270345/247-acre+open-ocean+fish+farm
+nears+launch+off+Hawaii+s+Big+Isle

The EIS is online at http://bit.ly/CpIBI

Company press release: http://www.kingahi.com/myGrid.aspx?base=News


28. “Sustainable Milestone for (farmed) Atlantic Salmon in America”
CANADA - Cooke Aquaculture, under its marketing division, True North Salmon, is the first Canadian company to offer Eco Certified farmed Atlantic salmon in North America.
Certified under the internationally-recognized Seafood Trust Eco Label…
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/10057/sustainable-milestone
-for-atlantic-salmon-in-america


29. Bordallo Praises House Passage of Ocean Conservation Bills
September 22, 2009
The U.S. House of Representatives today advanced two important ocean-related conservation measures, introduced and guided by Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU), who is the Chairwoman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife.

The first bill, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 1080), would help address the growing threat posed by illegal, unreported, and unregulated - or IUU - fishing by strengthening the enforcement authorities of existing U.S. fisheries laws and assisting other countries in combating the problem…
The second bill, the Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2009 (H.R. 860), would bolster America's coral reef conservation efforts by promoting international cooperation to protect coral reefs and codifying the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. 
House Resources Press release: http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/index.php?
option=com_content&task=view&id=597&Itemid=1


30. Obama Follows Bush on Columbia Salmon Recovery
NY Times  - Published: September 15, 2009
SEATTLE — In its first major effort to address the plight of endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest, the Obama administration on Tuesday affirmed basic elements of a recovery plan set forth last year by the Bush administration.

The announcement angered critics of federal conservation policies, who said the Bush plan did not go far enough in improving fish habitats in the Columbia River basin or water levels in rivers for migrating fish and did not take immediate action to explore whether to remove four dams on the lower Snake River…
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/16/us/politics/16salmon.html


31. Utility agrees to removal of 4 Klamath River dams
It won't happen until after 2020, but is seen as vital to restoring California's dwindling salmon stocks. The decommissioning would be the nation's largest and most complex dam removal project.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-klamath30-2009
sep30,0,3525101.story

&
SF Chronicle Editorial: Opening the Klamath
An agreement to demolish four dams on the upper Klamath River is nothing short of amazing. The project will be the largest such removal project on the planet, the risks and advantages are largely unproved, yet a contentious army of interest groups have ended a major fight in the Western water wars…
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/
30/EDML19V308.DTL


32. Boom in hydropower pits fish against climate
http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/lifestyle/green/sns
-green-hydro-power-climate,0,3240572.story


33. Hydropower boom may not be a bust for salmon
With the big push for renewable energy, hydropower is getting a new lease on life. The Chelan County Public Utility District in Washington state is trying to get more power out of the Columbia River without harming endangered salmon. How will this change the dialogue about dams and fish?
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2009/07/hydro
power-boom-may-not-be-a-bust-for-salmon.html


34. New Limits on Pesticide Uses Will Protect Salmon
WASHINGTON – EPA has announced plans to place additional limitations on the use of three organophosphate pesticides — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — to protect endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Anticipated changes to product labels include the addition of pesticide buffer zones; application limitations based on wind speed, soil moisture and weather conditions; and fish mortality incident reporting requirements. New, enforceable labels could be available as early as the 2010 spring growing season…
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/a543211f64e4
d1998525735900404442/cd1f6f9dbe3db7d68525762e00
4f693a!OpenDocument

& for further background see: EPA Announces Alternative Plan to Protect Salmon from Pesticides http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/09/11-7


35. Vancouver Sun: Is the Pacific salmon fishery collapsing or sustainable?
As a consumer, it's hard to know what to do. On the one hand, we're told the U.K.-based Marine Stewardship Council may soon bestow its coveted international certification declaring that wild BC sockeye salmon is a sustainable source of seafood.

But it's been a disastrous summer, especially for Fraser River sockeye. The fishery was closed due to the low number of returning fish, and a Toronto newspaper ran an alarming front page headline: "Salmon Run Disaster: 10.6 million sockeye expected . . . only 1.7 million came."
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Pacific+salmon+fishery+
collapsing+sustainable/2049806/story.html#


36. Coast Guard hosts Alaska Oil Spill Awareness Seminar (Sept 29)
 VALDEZ, Alaska – Members of more than 13 federal, state, local and industry meet together during the first Alaska Oil Spill Awareness Seminar, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009. The Alaska Oil Spill Awareness Seminar brought together experts in oil, legal, prevention, response and industry in a two-day event to learn and discuss best practices in prevention and mitigation of potential environmental impact from a oil spill…
http://www.uscgalaska.com/go/doc/780/332769/


37. As Oil Enriches Australia, Spill Is Seen as a Warning
A damaged oil well in the region has been spewing thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Timor Sea since Aug. 21, when a blowout forced the evacuation of all 69 workers on the platform. Emergency crews have been working overtime to contain the spill, but officials say it could take about three more weeks to plug the leak…
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/28/world/asia/28timor.html?hp


38. Just a reminder: there's lots of competition for Alaska seafood
By Laine Welch For the Journal

Alaska's abundant fisheries can prompt people to forget that its seafood industry is just one relatively small player in a very competitive world market. And factors driving fish prices occur far beyond the docks.

"Whether you're talking fish or crude oil or timber or minerals, people around the world are producing competing products and selling into the same markets. And they are working very aggressively - as hard as we are - to try to increase their share of those markets. So we are always affected by what our competitors are doing, and their ups and downs in supply," said Gunnar Knapp, a fisheries economist at the University of Alaska Anchorage…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/100209/fis_32_002.shtml


39.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
Friday 10/2/09  Some surprises for Bering Sea crab quotas
Thursday 10/1/09  Big line up of fall fisheries gets underway today
Wednesday 9/30/09  CSF surveys: support for local fishing #1
Tuesday 9/29/09  Bristol Bay gets better pay day
Monday 9/28/09  Status of Bering Sea crab stocks
Listen Online at:
http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/fishradio.htm

& also see Laine Welch's Fish Factor at
http://www.kinyradio.com/fishfactor.html


40. Comment Deadline October 30 on North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program
NMFS proposes this rule to amend regulations supporting the North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program (Observer Program). This action is necessary to improve the operational efficiency of the Observer Program, as well as improve the catch, bycatch, and biological data provided by observers for conservation and management of the North
Pacific groundfish fisheries, including that provided through scientific research activities…
DATES: Written comments must be received by October 30, 2009
Federal Register Notice Sept. 30:  http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23606.htm


41. Comment by October 16 on Data Collection for the Trawl Rationalization Program
NMFS proposes to collect data to support implementation of a future trawl rationalization program under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). NMFS proposes to collect ownership information from all potential participants in the trawl
rationalization program. In addition, NMFS is notifying potential participants that the agency intends to use the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission's Pacific Fisheries Information Network (PacFIN) database and NMFS' Northwest Fisheries Science Center's Pacific whiting observer data from NORPAC (a database of North Pacific fisheries and Pacific whiting information) to determine initial allocation of quota
share (QS) for the trawl rationalization program, if it is approved and
implemented.

DATES:  Comments on this proposed rule must be received no later than 5
p.m., local time on October 16, 2009.
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-22325.htm


42. NOAA posts Experimental Permitting Process, Exempted Fishing Permits, and Scientific Research Activity final regs.
NMFS issues new and revised definitions for certain regulatory terms, and procedural and technical changes to the regulations addressing scientific research activities, exempted fishing, and exempted educational activities under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). This action is necessary to provide better administration of these activities and to revise the regulations consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act (MSRA). NMFS intends to clarify the regulations, ensure necessary information to complete required analyses is requested and made available, and provide for expedited review of permit applications where possible.

DATES: Effective September 24, 2009…
Federal register: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-20489.htm


43. NMFS posts BSAI and GOA Groundfish LLP rule.
NMFS issues regulations to implement Amendment 92 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and Amendment 82 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. This action removes trawl gear endorsements on licenses issued under the license limitation program in specific management areas if those licenses have not been used on
vessels that met minimum recent landing requirements using trawl gear. This action provides exemptions to this requirement for licenses that are used in trawl fisheries subject to certain limited access privilege programs. This action issues new area endorsements for trawl catcher vessel licenses in the Aleutian Islands if minimum recent landing requirements in the Aleutian Islands were met…
DATES:  Effective September 14, 2009.

Federal Register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19568.htm


44. NMFS posts BSAI Crab post-delivery Transfer final rule (Amendment 28)
NMFS issues regulations implementing Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner  Crabs (FMP). These regulations amend the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program to allow post-delivery transfers of all types of individual fishing quota and individual processing quota to
cover overages. This action is necessary to improve flexibility of the fleet, reduce the number of violations for overages, reduce enforcement costs, and allow more complete harvest of crab allocations…
DATES: Effective September 14, 2009…

Federal Register Notice  http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19567.htm


45. Comment by October 13 on  ESA Humpback Whale Status and Request for Information
SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces a status review of the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). A status review is a periodic undertaking conducted to ensure that the listing classification of a species is accurate. A status review is based on the best scientific
and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any such information on the all humpback whale populations in all waters worldwide that has become available since the last humpback whale status review in 1999. Based on the results of this review, we will make the requisite findings under the
ESA.

DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct these reviews, we must receive your information no later than October 13, 2009. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.

Federal Register Notice
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19336.htm

ADF&G Humpback Whale page: http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/special/esa/whale_h
umpback/humpback_whale.php

CBC News Canada: Humpback whales make West Coast comeback
A threatened species of whale that was nearly hunted to extinction seems to be making a comeback off Canada's West Coast, according to observers…
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/10/01/bc-
humpback-whales-recovery.html


46. NOAA releases results of 2009 pollock surveys
NOAA fisheries researchers have released scientific data from their 2009 bottom trawl and mid-water acoustic surveys of pollock in the Bering Sea. One survey index is lower than expected based on the 2008 population analysis while the other is higher. The 2009 surveys confirm that the population is low and indicate that the number of incoming young fish may be down also…
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2009/psurvey091809.htm


47. All Councils website debuts with links to all regions’ Councils
http://www.fisherycouncils.org/


48. IPHC Request for Proposals - Bait Needed for 2010 IPHC Stock Assessment
90,000-120,000 pounds semi-bright chum salmon
Closing date: October 31, 2009
Proposals will be evaluated as they are received…
http://www.iphc.washington.edu/halcom/newsrel/2009/
nr20090922b.htm


49. 2009 IPHC Interim Meeting Announcement – December 7 & 8, Seattle
The International Pacific Halibut Commission's 2009 Interim Meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington, on December 7 and 8 at the Hotel Deca, Seattle, WA (www.hoteldeca.com). These dates are changed from the preliminary dates announced at the 2009 IPHC Annual Meeting
http://www.iphc.washington.edu/halcom/newsrel/2009/
nr20090922a.htm

International Pacific Halibut Commission home page:
http://www.iphc.washington.edu/halcom/


50. North Pacific Research Board 2010 Request for Proposals Released
The 2010 RFP is now available. Online submission begins October 23 and will remain open until 4pm Alaska Standard Time on December 4, 2009.
NPRB home page: http://www.nprb.org/


51. Fisheries of the United States - 2008
This publication is a preliminary report for 2008 on commercial and recreational fisheries of the United States with landings from the U.S. territorial seas, the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and on the high seas. This annual report provides timely answers to frequently asked questions…
http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/fus/fus08/index.html


52. AK Board of Fisheries worksession October 13-14, Anchorage
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will conduct a two-day work session beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Hilton Hotel, 500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK. No regulatory action will be taken at this meeting. Agenda topics include:

  • election of officers;
  • board committee reports (including Joint NPFMC/BOF, Federal/State Subsistence, Salmon Industry Restructuring, other);
  • 2010/2011 cycle meeting dates and locations;
  • agenda change requests (ACRs);
  • petitions;
  • meeting organization and establishment of committees for 2009/2010 cycle;
  • application of the Sustainable Salmon Fisheries Policy, including stocks of concern;

….and other informational report and/or administrative issues that may come before the board. This meeting is open to the public. No oral public testimony will be taken. Written comments may be sent to: Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526, or FAX to: 907-465-6094. For further information call 465-4110. An agenda will be available prior to the meeting and will be posted online at the following website: http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/index.php . The board will also hold a new member orientation session at Anchorage Hilton Hotel on October 12, 2009 for the purpose of providing information about the regulatory process.
Online public notice:
http://notes5.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a89256
72a0060a91b/2639f9d8c8afcdae892576390003814b?
OpenDocument

The agenda and other informational items are posted at http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/fcal.php  (see October worksession)