UFA Update
January 5, 2011

Congratulations to Senator Lisa Murkowski and supporters on history-making campaign!

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Also see Marine Conservation Alliance Alaska Fish Notes at: http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/?cat=11

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Contents
1. Governor Parnell and Lt. Gov Treadwell sign final certification of Senator Murkowski
2. ANB against Parnell's ADF&G choice
3. Parnell puts emphasis on coordination in first Fish and Game budget
4. Council fast-tracks king salmon bycatch regs
5. NPFMC  - Items from the December 2010 meeting:
6. Fish Meeting with Mayor Sullivan and Municipality of Anchorage Staff
7. Halibut commission recommends more Area 2C quota cuts
8. New charter halibut permits lead to lawsuits
9. ADFG FW News: Changes Coming for Alaska’s Charter Halibut Fishery
10. Comment deadline February 15 on Subsistence Halibut Special Permits and Harvest Logs.
11. Contest: ASMI and Celebrity Chefs team up to find best Fish Taco recipe
12. Working Together: Making the World Safe for Fish…
13. Rick Halford: Pebble would become long-term liability
14. National Geographic: Alaska’s Choice – Salmon or Gold
15. Deadline Feb 25 for Commercial Troller payment for king salmon offset
16. Coast Guard gears up for new F/V Safety regulations
17. Kodiak Salmon plan has goal of doubling run by 2030
18. Alexander Creek Pike Removal Project Funded
19. Dead turtles in the Gulf – another NOAA shell game?
20. Fed Subsistence Board Fish Proposals and Tribal Consultation – Jan 18 – 20.
21. House Passes Cod Longline Co-Op Bill
22. ADF&G Releases Climate Change Strategy
23. Ocean produces bounty of bio-medical research efforts
24.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
25. IPHC Eighty-seventh Annual Meeting - January 24-28, 2011
26. ADF&G Notice: 2011 Parallel Groundfish Fisheries Notice & E.O.
27. Science Magazine: Genetically Modified Salmon and Full Impact Assessment
28. DNR posts 2011 Aquatic Farm Application Opening:  Jan 1 – May 2, 2011
29. NMFS posts Final Rule on Fisheries Finance Program
30. Comment deadline Jan. 14 on emergency rule on groundfish retention
31. Comment deadline January 12 on BSAI Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures IFR
32. Comment Deadline February 11 on ESA Delisting of Eastern Population Steller Sea Lion
33. Comment by February 10 on nominations for National System of Marine Protected Areas
34. Online Survey - NOAA Weather Observation Systems in Alaska
35. AFSC Economics & Social Sciences Research Program: Sport Econ Studies
a. Issues in Measuring the Value of Saltwater Recreational Fishing Trips
b. Estimating Regional Impacts of Alaska Saltwater Sportfishing
36. AFDF announces dates for 18th Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood & Entries


1. Governor Parnell and Lt. Gov Treadwell sign final certification of Senator Murkowski
December 30, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell today signed the final certification documents declaring Senator Lisa Murkowski the winner of the 2010 U.S. Senate race.
“The voters spoke, the courts confirmed, and we have certified Senator Murkowski’s election to the U.S. Senate,” Governor Parnell said. “We offer our congratulations to Senator Murkowski.”
http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-
press-release.html?pr=5607

ADN: 2010 Alaska U.S. Senate election (all stories combined)
http://www.adn.com/3723/index.html 

Alaska State Courts related case documents are online at:
http://www.courts.alaska.gov/media.htm#cases
 


2. ANB against Parnell's ADF&G choice
By Klas Stolpe | JUNEAU EMPIRE
Newly appointed Alaska Department of Fish & Game Commissioner Cora Campbell has weathered many stormy seas since she graced the deck of her father's fishing boat at one year of age, going on to take a full crew position by age 11, pay her way through college with the sweat and toil of the sea's harvest, and then working behind the scenes to further Alaskan's subsistence and fishing rights, so this week's press release by the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp rejecting her experience came as a shock.

"I don't' think it is a fair characterization," Campbell said. "People know me for my work for the fishing industry because that was my early background. They haven't seen my broader responsibilities in recent years."
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/122710/sta_
762164752.shtml

&
Kodiak legislators question ADF&G pick
http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=9432
&
Cora Campbell Named Fish & Game Commissioner
December 22, 2010,  Governor’s press release:
http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-press-
release.html?pr=5604

&
Political science at Alaska Fish & Game, by Craig Medred
http://alaskadispatch.com/dispatches/news/7852-political-
science-at-alaska-fish-a-game

&&&

Press Release (December 6, 2010): UFA Endorses Cora Campbell for ADF&G Commissioner http://www.ufa-fish.org/press/
2010%20-6%20UFA%20Endorses%20ADF&G%20
Commissioner%20Cora%20Cambell%20120610.pdf


3. Parnell puts emphasis on coordination in first Fish and Game budget
By Andrew Jensen
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Gov. Sean Parnell's 2012 budget for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is more about maintenance than an arranged marriage between divisions of sport and commercial fishing.

Parnell's statement Nov. 18 in Anchorage that he was interested in exploring better coordination and perhaps even consolidation between the two divisions in the interest of ending the Southcentral "fish wars" raised anticipation for his first budget as an elected governor.

The 2012 fiscal year budget released Dec. 15 shows that Parnell plans on working on the department culture first before considering changing its structure.

"I'm going to wait for (acting commissioner) Cora Campbell and the other members of leadership to make those recommendations to me," Parnell said. "That's one of the things about this budget. It has been in development since July. It was with prior commissioners in some instances…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/122310/fis_ppeo.shtml

OMB Budget page for ADF&G: http://omb.alaska.gov/html/budget-r
eport/department-table.html?dept=Fish&fy
=


4. Council fast-tracks king salmon bycatch regs
By Andrew Jensen | Morris News Service-Alaska, Alaska Journal of Commerce
Regulatory measures to reduce chinook salmon bycatch by Gulf of Alaska pollock trawlers were advanced for expedited analysis at the December meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council…
The council action -- intended to be in place by the 2012 season -- directed analysis of the potential impact of hard caps on chinook bycatch of 15,000, 22,500 and 30,000; expanded observer coverage to 30 percent on vessels of less than 60 feet; and the potential to create mandatory bycatch cooperatives in the Central and Western Gulf to regulate fishing behavior in a derby-style fishery…
Acting Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell, noting the state's conservative salmon management practices, said she was open to studying lower caps but emphasized the need for greater data from observer coverage and genetic testing to determine river of origin…
http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/122210/
new_760118489.shtml


5. NPFMC  - Items from the December 2010 meeting:
GOA and BSAI Specs
BSAI Crab Motion; GOA Pcod jig motion: 3A CQE purchase D shares motion;
4B CQE program
Salmon FMP motion
GOA Chinook Bycatch motion

Salmon FMP Council Presentation:
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/fmp/salmon/SalmonPPT1210.pdf

NPFMC December Newsletter

NPFMC home page: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/


6. Fish Meeting with Mayor Sullivan and Municipality of Anchorage Staff
Last Monday, nearly 25 representatives from fishing businesses and organizations, fuel and transport companies and several coastal communities met with Mayor Dan Sullivan and his staff with the Municipality of Anchorage. Arni Thompson of the United Fishermen of Alaska organized the gathering. The goal of the meeting was to impress upon the Mayor the significance of the seafood industry and its impact on the economies of Anchorage, the Southcentral region, and Alaska at large…

For this item and others, see SWAMC online newsletter December issue at:   http://www.kingcoveview.com/GreetingsfromSWAMC112010.pdf


7. Halibut commission recommends more Area 2C quota cuts
By Jonathan Grass
Juneau Empire/Morris News Service-Alaska
The International Pacific Halibut Commission has made preliminary staff recommendations to again lower halibut quotas in 2011, but local fishing representatives see this as a dangerous move.

The preliminary staff recommendation for Area 2C, where the majority of Juneau fisheries collect, is 2.33 million pounds. This same area's 2010 catch limit was 4.4 million pounds.

Officials from both the catching and receiving ends of fishing see this as bad news.

"It's a total disaster," said Chris Knight, executive director of United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters. Knight is also a commercial fisherman out of Juneau and works with halibut.

"You've got too many people trying to take out from the system, and only people you can really take it from is us," he said…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/121010/fis_hcrma.shtml


8. New charter halibut permits lead to lawsuits
January 04, 2011|By Jackie Bartz | Channel 2 News
A group of halibut charter captains are planning to file a lawsuit over new permits. New regulations are expected to force 30 percent of guided halibut boats in Southcentral Alaska out of business.
The new permits go into effect Feb. 1, but some sport charter captains are scrambling to pull together a lawsuit and injunction to stop the new law from going into effect…
Starting Feb. 1, sport charters need a limited access permit issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The catch is what it takes to qualify. Charters must prove they operated in 2004 or 2005, and 2008.
“That was the primary purpose, was to stabilize and prevent further growth in charter fishery,” said Rachel Baker, a NOAA Fisheries Management specialist…
http://articles.ktuu.com/2011-01-04/charter-operators_26986403

Federal Register Notice:
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-31833.htm


9. ADFG FW News: Changes Coming for Alaska’s Charter Halibut Fishery
By Scott Meyer
The sport fishery for Pacific halibut has undergone substantial change over the last several decades. Sport fishing regulations were not established until 1973. In 1975, the statewide sport harvest of halibut was estimated to be about 10,000 fish and there were few charter boats. By 2007, the sport harvest had grown to over 580,000 fish, with about 60 percent of the harvest taken by anglers fishing on charter boats.
…the Council put the charter industry on notice that operators choosing to enter the fishery after December 9, 2005 might not be included if a limited access system were to be developed…
The Catch Sharing Plan was intended to be an interim solution to the allocation conflict between the commercial and charter sectors. The council also has long term plans to develop a permanent solution to this conflict. While no one is sure what that solution will look like, several ideas put forth include some form of compensated transfer of commercial quota share to the charter sector…
http://www.wc.adfg.state.ak.us/index.cfm?adfg=wildlife_
news.view_article&articles_id=482


10. Comment deadline February 15 on Subsistence Halibut Special Permits and Harvest Logs.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 15, 2011.
This request is for renewal of a currently approved information collection.
    This collection-of-information describes special permits issued to participants in the Pacific halibut subsistence fishery in waters off the coast of Alaska and any appeals resulting from denials…
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-31658.htm


11. Contest: ASMI and Celebrity Chefs team up to find best Fish Taco recipe
Celebrity Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are teaming up wild Alaska seafood to find the best fish taco in America. For more details visit www.alaskafishtaco.com .
ASMI home page: http://www.alaskaseafood.org/


12. Working Together: Making the World Safe for Fish…
Every year, the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation works with Alaska's commercial fishing industry and coastal communities to remove thousands of pounds of marine debris from Alaska's pristine marine environment…
http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/sea_alliance/
email_template/marine_debris_newsletter.html

Do you use Facebook, Utube, or Twitter?  – look for SeaAlliance on these social media


13. Rick Halford: Pebble would become long-term liability
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: 12/20/10 19:21:21
December's National Geographic -- the premier magazine of its kind in the world -- focuses the global spotlight on Bristol Bay and the proposed Pebble mine project. 
   
       For years, Alaskans -- myself included -- have objected to federal intervention in our state. Politicians who live in the Lower 48, many in areas that are polluted beyond repair, do little to protect their own environment because of short-term economic consequences. The lockup of even a small directional drilling pad in ANWR while allowing Gulf drilling in waters a mile deep seems ridiculous to us. Alaska has been, and probably will always be, a place of National Conscience ... often of guilty conscience for all the mistakes of the South 48 dealing with land, waters, resources and Native Americans. 
   
       While I have worked with or for mining interests as a participant, air taxi operator and in public service all of my adult life, learning about the Pebble prospect has stretched my comfort zone. I cannot support this mine in this place.

ADN Compass:
http://www.adn.com/2010/12/20/1613879/pebble-would-become
-long-term.html?story_link=email_msg


14. National Geographic: Alaska’s Choice – Salmon or Gold
If built, a huge mine would trans­form Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, possibly jeopar­dizing the world’s richest sockeye salmon fishery. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/12/bristol-bay/dobb-text


15. Deadline Feb 25 for Commercial Troller payment for king salmon offset
Ed Ronco, KFSK
SITKA, ALASKA (2011-01-04) Commercial salmon trollers have until Feb. 25 to apply for money meant to offset a drop in king salmon catches allowed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty.
Anyone who held a hand or power troll permit in 2009 is eligible and has been sent a pre-printed application from the state’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.
The Pacific Salmon Treaty is an agreement between the U.S. and Canada on the management of salmon. When it was renegotiated in 2008, Alaska’s share of the harvest was reduced by 15 percent. About $1.5 million was set aside to compensate Alaska trollers for the loss.
http://kfsk.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=center
Block&syndicated=true&ID=1581

AK DCCED Chinook Salmon Direct Distribution Program page:
http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/Chinook_Salmon.htm


16. Coast Guard gears up for new F/V Safety regulations
By LOUIS GARCIA, Kodiak Daily Mirror Writer

Kodiak fishermen can look forward to new regulations after the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 was signed into law this fall.

“A few months ago Obama signed (the federal bill) and with that we’ll see some changes to commercial vessel fishing regulations,” Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis said. “What the bill had done is set some goals for what we want to see happen.”

The new goals include mandatory dockside exams every two years and training certification for owner-operators, which Coast Guard commandant Adm. Robert Papp would like to see by 2012. Farther down the road are standards for newly built fishing vessels, load lines, and vessel classification requirements.

“Right now when you build a vessel it has to have a load line and classification,” Francis said. “There’s an American Bureau of Shipping and other societies with regulations that say if you’re a cargo vessel you need to meet these standards. There are none for fishing vessels.”

Those standards could include items such as hull thickness and shape, where fishermen may place equipment, and other maritime engineering standards.

There will also be changes to safety standards like survival craft.
http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=9433  


17. Kodiak Salmon plan has goal of doubling run by 2030
By SAM FRIEDMAN, Kodiak Daily Mirror Writer
An ambitious new plan for the next 20 years of hatchery and stocking programs in the Kodiak area strives to double the number of salmon available through supplementary runs…
http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=9428


18. Alexander Creek Pike Removal Project Funded
 (Juneau) –   The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was recently awarded $635,000 from the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund for a four-year program to accelerate efforts to remove northern pike from the Alexander Creek drainage in Northern Cook Inlet. Coupled with funds appropriated by the legislature last session, this award will allow the department to further the objectives of removing spawning northern pike through intensive gillnetting.  A program for enumerating king salmon smolt in the area will also be initiated to help monitor the effectiveness of pike removal.

SSSF home page: http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/special/akssf/index.php


19. Dead turtles in the Gulf – another NOAA shell game?
Nils Stolpe / FishNet USA / January 5, 2011\
Last year's BP oil spill resulted in one and a half to two and a half million gallons of petroleum products being released into the Gulf of Mexico every day for three months. …Needless to say, none of this was particularly good for the flora or fauna of the Gulf. This fact was brought home by the 600 or so dead turtles that were collected from the areas affected by the spill and by the dispersants used to “control” it.
However, according to Jane Lubchenco, head of NOAA, in a statement in the Miami Herald on December 30, in her estimation it wasn't BP and the biggest accidental oil spill that the world has ever seen or the wanton use, with her approval, of toxic chemical dispersants that was responsible for the dead turtles. It was fishermen.

A printable version in Adobe Acrobat format of this FishNet issue will be available at http://www.FishNet-USA.com. If you wish to comment, visit http://fishnetlite.blogspot.com/.


20. Federal Subsistence Board to Review Fisheries Proposals and Develop Approach to Tribal Consultation – Jan 18 – 20.
 The Federal Subsistence Board will meet January 18−20 to review proposed changes to Federal subsistence fishing regulations, including proposals to: restrict customary trade in the Yukon River Management Area, restrict drift gillnets in Federal public waters of the Yukon River Districts 4 and 5, and open additional sections of Chignik River to salmon fishing and expand allowable gear. The meeting will be held at the Egan Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage starting at 10:00 a.m. on January 18 and 8:30 a.m. on January 19−20.

The Board will be providing opportunity for Tribal leaders to consult on the proposed subsistence fishing regulations on January 18. The Board will also be meeting with Tribal leaders on January 21 to discuss and develop a Tribal consultation process to incorporate into the Federal Subsistence Management Program. This meeting will be held at the Egan Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage starting at 9:00 a.m. This Tribal consultation meeting is in support of the renewed efforts of the Obama administration to improve government-to-government relations.

For additional information regarding these meetings contact the Office of Subsistence Management at (800) 478-1456 or (907) 786-3888 or by e-mail, subsistence@fws.gov .  If you need special accommodations for disabilities or for teleconferencing arrangements, please contact the Office of Subsistence Management by January 12.  Meeting materials and additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program can be found at
http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html.

See FSB press release dated January 4 at
http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/news.cfml
  (this should be posted by January 5)


21. House Passes Cod Longline Co-Op Bill
Washington D.C., Dec 14, 2010 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1609, the Longline Catcher Processor Subsector Single Fishery Cooperative Act, by voice vote this afternoon.  Alaskan Congressman Don Young is an original cosponsor of the House bill, H.R. 3910.  This bill would establish a process for certain fishermen to create a cooperative to allocate quotas of Pacific cod among its members. 
Rep. Young’s remarks:
“I rise in strong support of H.R. 3910 (S. 1609).  This is a very important bill to the State of Alaska and to the State of Washington.  I'd like to complement my friend Mr. Larsen for his work on this legislation…
http://donyoung.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?
DocumentID=217484


22. ADF&G Releases Climate Change Strategy
(we missed this story in November but it is still timely)
… the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) released its Climate Change Strategy that describes expected impacts from our changing climate on fish and wildlife resources and their uses across Alaska. The document points to needed research, and identifies key strategies and initial actions the department intends to take in order to address anticipated impacts. 
 … Information on the state climate change effort can be found at www.climatechange.alaska.gov .
The department Climate Change Strategy document may be found at www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/climatechangestrategy.pdf  


23. Ocean produces bounty of bio-medical research efforts
By Laine Welch, Alaska Journal of Commerce
During the season of gift-giving, don't overlook the gifts from the sea.
SpongeBob, for example, is set to be the next rage in fiber optics. Researchers at Bell Labs have found that the sponge euplectella grows glass fiber networks that are far more advanced than any found in today's telecommunications industry…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/123110/fis_opbo.shtml


24.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
1/5/11 Fishing forecasts call for huge 2011 harvests
1/4/11 Halibut bycatch, new bait, fillets on board in lineup for IPHC meeting
1/3/11 New Year Fish Wishes
12/17/10 Shrimpers get TAA funds
12/30/10 Earmark moratorium cuts funds for AK fisheries research, harbors
http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/?page_id=846


25. IPHC Eighty-seventh Annual Meeting - January 24-28, 2011
Delta Ocean Pointe Resort, Victoria, B.C.
http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events.html
 Schedule of sessions:
http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events/
annual-meeting/schedule.html


26. ADF&G Notice: 2011 Parallel Groundfish Fisheries Management In Kodiak, Chignik, South Alaska Peninsula, Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands And Chukchi-Beaufort Areas
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has issued an emergency order opening parallel groundfish fishing in state waters during 2011. Fishing seasons, bycatch limits, and allowable gear types for groundfish fisheries in territorial waters of the Kodiak, Chignik, South Alaska Peninsula, and Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands areas that are not actively managed by the state will generally match federal fishery management measures in adjacent waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Chukchi-Beaufort Area will remain closed to parallel groundfish fishing. Fishing seasons or bycatch limits may be modified from those published in the federal register by subsequent emergency order to ensure resource conservation or management consistent with the interest of the economy and general well being of the state.

Fishermen should be aware of exceptions to parallel fishery rules, where state-water rules differ from those imposed under federal management…
http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/region4/finfish/grndfish/
2010/kodiak/nr101230.pdf


27. Science Magazine: Genetically Modified Salmon and Full Impact Assessment
Abstract: As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers approving a genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), it faces fundamental questions of risk analysis and impact assessment. The GM salmon—whose genome contains an inserted growth gene from Pacific chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and a switch-on gene from ocean pout (Zoarces americanus)—would be the first transgenic animal approved for human consumption in the United States (1, 2). But the mechanism for its approval, FDA's new animal drug application (NADA) process (2), narrowly examines only the risks of each GM salmon compared with a non-GM salmon (2, 3). This approach fails to acknowledge that the new product's attributes may affect total production and consumption of salmon. This potentially excludes major human health and environmental impacts, both benefits and risks. Regulators need to consider the full scope of such impacts in risk analyses to avoid unintended consequences (4), yet FDA does not consider ancillary benefits and risks from salmon market expansion (2, 3), a result of what may be an overly narrow interpretation of statutes…
For complete article online see:
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6007/1052.summary


28. DNR posts 2011 Aquatic Farm Application Opening:  Jan 1 – May 2, 2011
The joint-agency aquatic farmsites applications are now available and will be accepted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Mining, Land and Water, from January 1 through May 2, 2011.  

For additional information, or to set up a pre-application meeting, please contact John Thiede, program manager at 907-269-8543 or e-mail: john.thiede@alaska.gov .

DNR Public Notice: http://notes3.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c15
6e7a8925672a0060a91b/daaf7690b1cff57b89257807007a87
53?OpenDocument


29. NMFS posts Final Rule on Fisheries Finance Program
These regulations revise the operating rules of the Fisheries Finance Program (FFP or Program) and set forth procedures, eligibility criteria, loan terms, and other requirements
related to FFP lending to the commercial fishing and aquaculture industries. FFP assistance includes loans for fishing vessels, fish processing facilities, aquaculture facilities, individual fishing quota (IFQ) permits, and participants in community development quota (CDQ) programs...
DATES: This final rule is effective January 18, 2011…
In addition to revising definitions and updating general lending requirements, this final rule provides detail and clarity to the term ``Actual Cost;'' establishes procedures for refusing to
approve, close or disburse a loan to borrowers with unresolved fisheries enforcement violations; and sets forth specialized terms and requirements for halibut and sablefish quota share (HSQS) loans, Bering Sea and Aleutian Island (BSAI) crab IFQ loans, and loans to North Pacific CDQ program participants…
Federal register Notice:
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-31641.htm


30. Comment deadline Jan. 14 on emergency rule on groundfish retention
SUMMARY: NMFS is exempting, through this emergency rule, trawl catcher/processor vessels (C/Ps) that are not specified in regulation as American Fisheries Act (AFA) vessels, referred to throughout this rule as non-AFA trawl C/Ps, and Amendment 80 cooperatives from the groundfish retention standard (GRS) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area…
This emergency rule is necessary to exempt non-AFA trawl C/Ps and Amendment 80 cooperatives from the regulatory provisions of the GRS program before the end of the
2010 fishing season and prior to the start of the 2011 fishing season…
DATES: Effective December 15, 2010 through June 13, 2011. Comments must
be received by January 14, 2011.
Federal Register Notice:
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-31531.htm


31. Comment deadline January 12 on BSAI Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures IFR
SUMMARY: NMFS issues an interim final rule to implement Steller sea lion protection measures to insure that the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) groundfish fisheries off Alaska are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the western distinct population segment (DPS) of Steller sea lions or adversely modify its designated critical habitat. These management measures will disperse fishing effort over time and area to provide protection from potential competition for important Steller sea lion prey species in waters adjacent to rookeries and important haulouts in the BSAI. The intended effect of this interim final rule is to protect the endangered western DPS of Steller sea lions, as required under the Endangered Species Act, and to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the BSAI in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

DATES: Effective January 1, 2011. Comments must be received by January
12, 2011.

Federal register Notice: .
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-31226.htm

Also - Federal register correction to SSL Interim Final Rule:
… amend one error in the preamble to the interim final rule and one
typographical error and content within regulatory tables to eliminate
potential confusion by the public …h
ttp://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32654.htm


32. Comment Deadline February 11 on ESA Delisting of Eastern Population Steller Sea Lion
We (NMFS) announce a 90-day finding on two petitions to delist the eastern Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Steller Sea Lion (Eumetopias jubatus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). We find that the petitions present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. We are continuing our status review of this DPS to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are again soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding this species from any interested
party.

DATES: Information and comments must be submitted to NMFS by February 11, 2011.

You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648-XA046, by any of the following methods… or via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov    .
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-31232.htm


33. Comment by February 10 on nominations for National System of Marine Protected Areas
Public notice and opportunity for comment on the list of nominations received from state and territorial marine protected area programs to join the National System of Marine Protected Areas…
The final Framework was published on November 19, 2008, (73 FR 69608) and provides guidance for collaborative efforts among federal, state, commonwealth, territorial, tribal and local governments and stakeholders to develop an effective and well coordinated national system of MPAs that includes existing MPAs meeting national system criteria as well as new sites that may be established by managing agencies to fill key conservation gaps in important ocean areas…
DATES: Comments on the nominations to the national system of MPAs are
due February 10, 2011…
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-32368.htm


34. Online Survey - NOAA Weather Observation Systems in Alaska
The National Weather Service maintains a number of observing systems in Alaska. They also cooperate with other agencies to leverage and share information and deliver these services to the public. The map pictured in the following link shows the variety of observing systems and their locations in Alaska.

NOAA would appreciate your feedback on the availability of weather observations in Alaska. Your input will help NOAA make decisions about maintenance schedules and the priority of new deployments, if possible.
SURVEY LINK: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/ob_locations.php


35. AFSC Economics & Social Sciences Research Program: Sport Econ Studies
a. Issues in Measuring the Value of Saltwater Recreational Fishing Trips
By Dan Lew and Doug Larson
In the recreation demand literature, few issues are more important to modeling recreation behavior and determining the economic values of the recreation trips than the specification of the opportunity cost of time. The opportunity cost of time relates to how much a person's time is worth…In this work, we test several assumptions…
http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/quarterly/jas2010/divrptsREFM9.htm

b. Estimating Regional Impacts of Alaska Saltwater Sportfishing
By Chang Seung and Dan Lew
Saltwater sportfishing is an important economic activity in Alaska, generating jobs and sales within related industries throughout coastal regions and the state generally. Two recent NMFS surveys have collected data that can be used to understand to what extent saltwater sportfishing in Alaska contributes to the state's economy.
http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/quarterly/jas2010/divrptsREFM15.htm


36. AFDF Annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood dates & tickets
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - Private Judging & Open House – Seattle
Friday, February 11, 2011 - Gala Soiree & Awards Ceremony – Anchorage
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - AFDF Open House: Sampling of the Entries – Juneau
March 20 – 22, 2011: - International Boston Seafood Show: Alaska Symphony of Seafood winners will be offering samples in booth #348

Tickets go on sale on January 7; link for tickets and Call for Products are online at www.symphonyofseafood.com .


The next UFA board of Directors meeting will be held February 15-17 in Juneau.

UFA dues for Alaska commercial fishing permit holders are $150 and we also welcome crew/supporter nonvoting members at $50 per year.
To support UFA by becoming a member see http://www.ufa-fish.org/members.htm
We encourage you to support UFA Business members  - see list at http://www.ufa-fish.org/bm.htm