UFA Update
July 6, 2011

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CONTENTS
1. UFA Announces New Officers, At-large Board Members and Committee Chairs
2. Kenai Community pulls together to solve problem
3. Comment by September 20 on BOF Cook Inlet “Emergency” drift regs
4. Yakutat fishermen died of exposure and drowning – life vests on
5. Safety program cuts don't make sense for deadliest jobs
6. AMSEA Safety Training Calendar
7. FISHSAFE.INFO - - Schedule Your FREE 'No Fault' Dockside Safety Exam Today
8. USCG Safety Alert: Upgrade to GPS enhanced EPIRBs
9. Federal agriculture research operation in Alaska faces ax
10. Non-residents lead in Alaska seasonal seafood jobs
11. Alaska House defeats coastal zone program bill
12. Failure on Coastal Zone Management cedes Alaska sovereignty to Feds
13. State asks court to overturn fishing closures (Steller Sea Lions)
14. International Scientists warn marine life is on 'brink of extinction'
15. Alaskans maintain strong links to salmon, poll finds
16. Feds file Clean Water Act complaint against Unalaska
17. Bristol Bay, Alaska: A Chance to Do It Right the First Time, By Robin Samuelsen
18. Pebble Partnership suit could stifle Bristol Bay residents
19. Bristol Bay Critical Habitat Areas Draft Mgmt Plan Comment Extended to August 12
20. Pebble - Hardrock Exploration Permit Applicaiton in the Bristol Bay Mining District 
21. Congressman Young and Congressman McDermott Introduce CCF Legislation
22. Senators Introduce Bill to Secure NOAA Presence in Ketchikan
23. Fish fight isn't fair -- just ask river folks
24. Fishery Council Limits Chinook Bycatch in Gulf of Alaska
25. Items from the June NPFMC meeting:
26. NPFMC Salmon FMP Workshop  - September 14, 2011, Anchorage
27. Alaskans not keen on trade assistance grant programs (Dept. of Commerce TAA)
28. Deadline August 29 for USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Applications
29. ABSC offers Free DVD for Bering Sea crab boat skippers and crew    
30. AKCRRAB ships juvenile red king crabs to Juneau
31. Nat’l Oceans Council CSMP sessions: N.E. Fishing industry blasts exclusion
32. ASMI radio interview - sustainability & Alaska's place in the global marketplace
33. F/V Tordenskjold  - Boat of the Century – film by John Sabella debuts tonight
34. Rep. Young’s Frankenfish Amendment Passes
35. DOC and NOAA Issue Final National Aquaculture Policies
36. Sen. Murkowski: “More Questions Than Answers” in Federal Water Fish Farms
37. New offshore aquaculture bill seeks to protect oceans
38. Forbes: They engineered a better salmon, so why is Congress blocking it?
39. Clock’s ticking on U.S. aquaculture
40.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
41. US Fish and Wildlife Service Fish Photo Contest
42. Federal Subsistence Board Executive and Work Sessions July 11-12, Anchorage
43. NMFS Posts Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports
44. Comment deadline July 28 on 2011 MMPA List of Fisheries
45. National Science Foundation PEIS on Marine Seismic Research
46. NPRB RFP for Data Management for the Gulf of Alaska Project – deadline Aug 22.
47. SALMONSTOCK  - AUGUST 5, 6 & 7th  - Ninilchik, Alaska
48. The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee Meeting July 26, Anchorage
49. Juneau Docks and Harbors Seafood Direct Market Planning Study


1. UFA Announces New Officers, At-large Board Members and Committee Chairs (June 15)
The United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) today announced the reelection of Arni Thomson who resides in Anchorage, and represents the Alaska Crab Coalition, as President of UFA. Bruce Wallace, a Southeast salmon seiner has been elected as Vice President and he currently resides in Juneau. Rich Davis, a salmon troller, who resides in Juneau, was reelected Secretary Treasurer. Kevin Adams, a Bristol Bay gillnetter who resides in Anchorage, was elected to the UFA Board as a new at-large Board Member, joining Bruce Wallace, Gerry Merrigan, from Petersburg, and Bruce Schactler who were re-elected to their at-large UFA board seats.
http://www.ufa-fish.org/press/2011-1%20UFA%20Exec%20&%2
0Board%20Changes%20061511.pdf


2. Kenai Community pulls together to solve problem
These days $60,000 doesn't construct much, certainly not a mile of installed steel guardrail. But an unlikely coalition of concerned community folks -- commercial fishermen, sport fishermen, dipnetters, conservatives, liberals -- well, maybe only a few liberals -- organized by two dedicated historical society members, Brent Johnson and Catherine Cassidy, built a first-rate fence from scrounged material. They were given more or less free rein by an acquiescent if slightly perplexed state bureaucracy.
You had a commercial fisherman, Brent Johnson, running a Bobcat with a post driver attached, assisted by the head of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Rickey Geese…
http://www.adn.com/2011/06/10/1910201/community-pulls
-together-to-solve.html


3. Comment by September 20 on BOF Cook Inlet “Emergency” drift regs
Board of Fisheries Emergency Teleconference Summary of Actions (6/30/2011):
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=lib.forcedownload&file
path=/static/regulations/regprocess/fisheriesboard/pdfs/2010_2011
/6-30-11-etc/&filename=summ-of-actions.pdf&contenttype=a
pplication/pdf

BOF Online Public Notice: (7/5/2011)
 The Board of Fisheries does intend to make the emergency regulations permanent….
…comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 20, 2011…
Written comments, limited to 10 singled sided or 5 double sided pages, also may be submitted at the Board of Fisheries' October 6-10, 2011 meeting in Anchorage…
http://notes3.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a892
5672a0060a91b/0aa02a60118354e1892578c4005bdee5?Open
Document

BOF EMERGENCY MEETING announcement June 28
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/regprocess/fisheries
board/pdfs/2011-2012/6-30-11-etc/uci-peition-etc-6-30-11.pdf

Board of Fisheries home page:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main

(what was the emergency?)


4. Yakutat fishermen died of exposure and drowning – life vests on
Attempted to swim to shore with lifejackets
By Klas Stolpe, JUNEAU EMPIRE
According to an uncle of one of the two fishermen who died in Monday’s commercial fishing accident near Yakutat, both of the victims were wearing life jackets and died due to the extreme temperature of the water…
http://juneauempire.com/local/2011-06-21/yakutat-fisherman
-died-exposure-and-drowning


5. Safety program cuts don't make sense for deadliest jobs
By Laine Welch, For the Alaska Journal of Commerce
It simply doesn't make sense to de-fund a program that directly saves people's lives…

President Barack Obama's 2012 fiscal year budget eliminates funding for all agriculture, forestry and fishing research done by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH. That means fishing safety programs — budgeted at a mere $1.5 million — will cease to exist.

No more E-Stops that prevent fishermen from being wrapped around deck winches. Finding the perfect personal floatation device, or PFD, to prevent man overboards? A thing of the past…(and more)

A 2006 NIOSH review by the National Academies review called the fishing program "exemplary" and said "the NIOSH Alaska Field Station has executed its research according to how an ideal program would operate"…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/062311/fis_spcdms.shtml

CDC NIOSH F/V Safety home page:
www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/fishing


6. AMSEA Safety Training Calendar with links: http://www.amsea.org/calendar.html
Alaska Marine Safety Education Association home page:  www.amsea.org .

There is no substitute for hands on training.
“If you don’t see a class scheduled that you can attend, get seven fishermen together and AMSEA will come to you.” Jerry Dzugan, AMSEA


7. FISHSAFE.INFO - - Schedule Your FREE 'No Fault' Commercial  Fishing Vessel Dockside Safety Exam Today http://www.fishsafe.info/contactform.htm


8. USCG Safety Alert: Take the Search out of Search and Rescue - Upgrade to GPS enhanced EPIRBs
Summary:  This advisory strongly urges owners and operators to replace and upgrade their existing EPIRB to GPS Enhanced EPIRBs.
http://homeport.uscg.mil/cgi-bin/st/portal/uscg_docs/MyCG/
Editorial/20110520/adv02-11.pdf?id=20379d28a4c0ac6649
b441d00a060b8ebcd4d61e


9. Federal agriculture research operation in Alaska faces ax
BUDGET: Cuts hit offices looking at crops, fish and invasive species.
By DAN JOLING, The Associated Press
Some look at the bounty hauled in by Alaska's commercial fishermen and envision salmon fillets on the grill. Peter Bechtel dreams up ways to use the leftovers.
For more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture food researcher and his cohorts have been looking into better ways to use fish heads, skin, guts and bones. But their days in the state that catches more wild fish than any other may be numbered.

Alaska's only agricultural research station is on the chopping block, one of 10 slated for closure by Sept. 1 as the Obama administration looks to cut $42 million from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service budget. Federal officials deflected questions about the cut by referring to the budget language, which says the administration is looking to finance other initiatives by getting rid of lower priority and duplicative projects.

Not all of the Alaska research station's $2.4 million budget goes to fish waste research. The Fairbanks office, housed in a new $1.2 million research complex on the University of Alaska campus, focuses on studies of invasive plants and insects, and the Palmer office collects plant samples important to Alaska. The closures will end that work as well…
http://www.adn.com/2011/06/12/1913046/agriculture-research
-operation.html


10. Non-residents lead in Alaska seasonal seafood jobs
by Jonathan Grass / Juneau Empire
JUNEAU, Alaska - Seafood season is here. As such, the state is encouraging seasonal hiring. While the hopes are residents will be hired for these jobs - that continues to be a tall order.

"Some seasonal jobs are in strong supply right now," Labor Commissioner Click Bishop said in a release. "Young people are especially encouraged to apply, as these jobs offer an opportunity to earn money quickly while building a work history, as well as travel and see Alaska."
http://juneauempire.com/local/2011-06-14/non-residents-lead
-numbers-seasonal-seafood-jobs

AK Department of Labor Seafood Jobs page:
http://labor.alaska.gov/esd_alaska_jobs/seafood.htm

To clarify, more than ¾ of Alaska commercial fishing limited entry permits are held by residents. Approximately half of commercial crew licenses are issued to residents - MV


11. Alaska House defeats coastal zone program bill
JUNEAU – The Alaska House defeated a measure June 28 that would have extended the state's coastal management program, a surprising end to a special session that had been called to try to save it.

The opt-in program, which allows states to put conditions on certain activities on federal lands and waters, expired June 30, at midnight. The Senate narrowly passed what had been billed as a compromise with the House on June 27, then adjourned, leaving the House with no real practical option besides taking the bill as-is or leaving it…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/070111/loc_ahdczp.shtml
&&&
Legislators expect to see Coastal Management issue again
Alaska’s Coastal Management program officially ends today after operating in Alaska for 34 years, providing a powerful state voice on federal development in its waters.

Some legislators who fought to save the program say they hope to bring it back in future years, and legislation to do that is expected to be introduced when the Legislature returns to Juneau next January.
Juneau Empire:
http://juneauempire.com/local/2011-06-29/legislators-expect
-see-coastal-management-issue-again#.ThS1E2GuMzg


12. Failure on Coastal Zone Management cedes Alaska sovereignty to Feds
By Alaska Rep. Les Gara  - Alaska Dispatch, Jun 29, 2011
http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/failure-coastal-zone-
management-cedes-alaska-sovereignty-feds


13. State asks court to overturn fishing closures (Steller Sea Lions)
By Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce

Federal regulators were more afraid of litigation from environmental groups than from the fishing industry over measures to protect Steller sea lions, and in their haste to rush the rule-making process they ignored science and violated numerous laws that should render the final decision null and void.

That's the case against National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, and its wide-ranging fishing closures in the western Aleutian Islands as laid out June 16 by the state of Alaska and a coalition of fishing vessel operators and cooperatives in their joint motion filed for summary judgment.

The federal government has until Aug. 15 to submit its response…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/070111/fis_sactof.shtml


14. International Scientists warn marine life is on 'brink of extinction'
Catastrophe would be "unprecedented in human history," they say.
By ANNA TOMFORDE, McClatchy-Tribune News Service (ADN)
LONDON -- The world's oceans are degenerating far faster than predicted and marine life is facing extinction due to a range of human impacts from over-fishing to climate change, a report compiled by international scientists warned…
The cumulative impact of "severe individual stresses," ranging from climate warming and sea-water acidification to widespread chemical pollution and over-fishing, would threaten the marine environment with a catastrophe "unprecedented in human history."

The conclusions were published by a panel of international scientists who reviewed recent research at a workshop at Oxford University in Britain. They will be presented to the United Nations in New York later this week for discussions on reforming governance of the oceans…
ADN Story:
http://www.adn.com/2011/06/21/1928924/scientists-warn-
oceans-marine.html

International Programme on the State of the Ocean –
Home page with report summary:
http://www.stateoftheocean.org/ipso-2011-workshop-
summary.cfm

Press release: http://www.stateoftheocean.org/pdfs/1806
_IPSOPR.pdf


15. Alaskans maintain strong links to salmon, poll finds
By Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News
Alaskans have a strong personal connection to salmon. We believe the fish is essential to the Alaska way of life and our economy. Furthermore, we rate the health and abundance of salmon as a top concern, on a par with the federal budget deficit and higher than concerns about jobs…
http://www.adn.com/2011/07/02/1948917/alaskans-maintain
-strong-links.html


16. Feds file Clean Water Act complaint against Unalaska
The federal government filed a complaint against the city of Unalaska on Thursday, alleging that it violated pollution limits in its Clean Water Act discharge permit at least 4,870 times within a six-year period.
The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency said the alleged violations resulted in partially treated sewage, with pollutants such as fecal coliform bacteria at higher-than-legal limits, being discharged into South Unalaska Bay… http://www.adn.com/2011/06/23/1933240/feds-file-clean
-water-act-complaint.html


17. Bristol Bay, Alaska: A Chance to Do It Right the First Time, By Robin Samuelsen in Fishermen's News
Wherever your home port, commercial fishermen know all too well what happens when the land, water, and habitat supporting a fishery is abused. Far too many have declined due to loss of habitat, oil spills and other environmental calamities. And we’ve also seen that billions of dollars cannot fully restore fish stocks impacted by inappropriate development. In hindsight, it’s obvious too, that efforts to restore habitat are more expensive and less effective than preventing damage in the first place. Thankfully in Alaska’s Bristol Bay we have an opportunity to learn from history and take proactive steps to protect the world’s last great wild salmon fishery.

Commercial fishermen, Alaska Native tribes, sports fishermen, restaurant owners and wild salmon lovers across the nation all agree that Bristol Bay is the place to do it right the first time.

As anyone involved in fish politics knows, it’s rare to see such a diverse group all on the same side of an issue. But in this we all agree: Bristol Bay must be protected, because if we don’t work together today to protect this habitat we won’t have fish to argue about tomorrow!

Perhaps as unique as this unity is the fact that that all the various user groups also agree that we need the help of the Environmental Protection Agency. We’re asking that the EPA use its authority under section 404c of the Clean Water Act, which allows the agency to deny the disposal of perpetually toxic mine waste into salmon rearing waters if it finds that this type of development would pose unacceptable risks.

Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon fishery just celebrated its 125th year, and is the largest remaining sockeye salmon fishery in the world. Like any fishery, we’ve experienced our ups and downs, but thanks to refined management – and most critically, an intact and pristine ecosystem – there is no doubt that the fishery is on an upswing. Salmon consumers are increasingly recognizing the value of a sustainable fishery based clean environment.

Last year, when EXXON finally settled the lawsuit resulting from the 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound, many local Bristol Bay residents received checks in the mail. While the amounts were not large, they were still a testament to whims of fish price and markets. Most of these Bristol Bay fishermen were nowhere near Valdez when the oil spilled – the checks that fishermen received here were for the impact the spill had to an “un-oiled fishery.” The mere perception consumers had on learning there was a major oil spill in Alaskan waters caused the ex-vessel price of Bristol Bay salmon to drop more than 40 percent the year after the spill!

With large scale mineral development hovering on Bristol Bay’s horizon, commercial fishermen are seeking a process with the EPA that can provide the assurance that not only will the environment we depend on be protected, but that assures the continued marketability of our salmon. Through this public process, fishermen and processors can continue to invest in modernizing our industry with the assurance that Bristol Bay salmon remains wild, clean, and sustainable and that that the waters we depend on are protected.

This spring, the EPA began a Scientific Assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed and the potential threats to our fishery. The review process will provide objective information on the value of the fishery, and what could be lost if attention isn’t paid to the compatibility of future large-scale development in the region.

Announcing the assessment, EPA Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran said that gathering data before development occurs “just makes sense. Doing this we can be assured that our future decisions are grounded in the best science and information and in touch with the needs of these communities.“

I think the entire Alaskan fishing community would say, “We couldn’t agree more.”

Robin Samuelsen
F/V Robyn Darleen
Bristol Bay, Alaska

Printed from Fishermen's News: The Advocate for the Commercial Fisherman – June 2011
(no longer found online so I have included the complete column - -MV)


18. Pebble Partnership suit could stifle Bristol Bay residents
Shannyn Moore – ADN Comment
In April, a group of concerned Bristol Bay citizens filed a petition with the Lake and Peninsula Borough. The Save our Salmon initiative is designed to give locals a voice in decisions about large-scale industrial development. If the petitioners are successful, the borough's permitting code will change to give residents the final word on any major resource extraction activity that could harm waters with salmon…
http://www.adn.com/2011/05/28/1888109/pebble-
partnership-suit-could.html


19. Bristol Bay Critical Habitat Areas Draft Mgmt Plan Comment Extended to August 12
Online extension notice:
http://notes3.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a
8925672a0060a91b/d60b466aab9ccc1a892578be0003cf8f?
OpenDocument

The draft plan is available for public review and comment through July 8, 2011. Copies are available on the department website at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=bristolbay.draftplan

ADFG Press Release (June 1):
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/lands/protectedareas/bristolbay
/pdfs/bb_press_release_06_01_2011.pdf


20. Pebble - Hardrock Exploration Permit Applicaiton in the Bristol Bay Mining District 
The Mining Section of the Division of Mining, Land and Water proposes to issue a Miscellaneous Land Use Permit pursuant to 11 AAC 96.010 for mining and/or exploration activity on state mining claims as well as reclamation approval on state or private lands. Winter cross country travel on state lands not within state mining claims may also be authorized.
A Water Right or a Temporary Water Use Permit may be issued and state land use beyond the mining claims will be adjudicated by DNR.
A copy of the application may be obtained from DNR...
DNR reserves the right to waive technical defects in this publication…

DNR Online Public Notice:
http://notes3.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a
8925672a0060a91b/d3cebe8ada5757c1892578c4008034d4
?OpenDocument

DNR Pebble Large Mine home page: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/mining/largemine/pebble/index.htm


21. Congressman Young and Congressman McDermott Introduce CCF Legislation
Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) have introduced H.R. 2241, bipartisan legislation that would make changes to Capital Construction Fund (CCF) program for those accounts held by fishermen.  The CCF was initially established to provide a method of putting fishing earnings toward new fishing vessel construction at a time when the United States policy was to replace the foreign fishing fleets which had dominated many fisheries right off the U.S. coast.  However, many domestic fisheries are fully capitalized and incentive programs to increase fishing capacity like the CCF are no longer necessary.

This legislation would allow fishing vessels owners who have existing Capital Construction Fund accounts to retire those accounts.  While those who decide to participate in the voluntary retirement of their CCF account will be required to pay the necessary taxes, they will not be penalized for this action...
http://donyoung.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?Docu
mentID=247492


22. Senators Introduce Bill to Secure NOAA Presence in Ketchikan
U.S. Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill late Thursday which would help ensure the long term presence of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Ketchikan.  The bill would authorize NOAA to sell the port facility it currently owns at 1010 Stedman Street, which used to be a Tesoro fuel dock, and utilize the proceeds of the sale towards a new facility located elsewhere in Ketchikan.
The current facility, which serves as the homeport for the NOAA Ship Fairweather, was condemned as unsafe in 2008, and the ship has been without an Alaska homeport facility since.  With its multi-beam sonars and suite of specially-equipped launches, the technologically-advanced Fairweather is one of the most productive platforms in the world for making nautical charts…
http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressRelease
s&ContentRecord_id=b89b9bb6-b965-4858-a932-e33f50ec67
c6&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4
&Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624


23. Fish fight isn't fair -- just ask river folks
Shannyn Moore – ADN Comment
This week, the state shut down the subsistence fishery on the Yukon. Folks on the river need about 50,000 salmon. Treaties with Canada require escapement to the headwaters of the river and the fish have been either slow coming in or not coming at all this year.

Last October, during a 17-day period, the pollock trawler fleet reported a bycatch of 24,878 king salmon. That's not pounds, that's fish. Another 11,896 kings were wasted in the same month. The entire year's tally of accidentally caught king salmon was 53,336 -- more than what is needed for our Alaska brothers and sisters who live on the Yukon…
http://www.adn.com/2011/06/25/1936150/fish-fight-isnt-fair
-just-ask.html


24. Fishery Council Limits Chinook Bycatch in Gulf of Alaska
the North Pacific Fishery Management Council established the first-ever limit on Chinook salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska Pollock fishery. The council voted for a 25,000-fish cap on the bycatch.

If the Pollock fleet in the Gulf of Alaska bypasses the 25,000-fish bycatch limit, the fishery will be shut down…
http://articles.ktuu.com/2011-06-13/gulf-of-alaska-pollock_
29655246


25. Items from the June NPFMC meeting:
June Newsletter
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/newsletters/NEWS611.pdf

Non-Chinook PSC motion
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/bycatch/
ChumBycatchMotion611.pdf

GOA Chinook bycatch motion
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/bycatch/
GOAChinookBycatchMotion611.pdf

NBSRA motion
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/ecosystem
/NBSRA_files/NBSRA_motion611.pdf

Research Priorities 2011-2015
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/Research_priorities11.pdf

NPFMC Home  Page:
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/


26. NPFMC Salmon FMP Workshop  - September 14, 2011, Anchorage
At its April meeting, the Council passed a motion providing direction for staff on the analysis and revisions to its Salmon FMP.  
The Council requested that staff develop Alternative 3 as its preliminary preferred   dernative (PPA) and continue to expand the discussion of FMP provisions for Council consideration…
Under Alternative 3, management in areas where the Salmon FMP applies would be deferred to the State of Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
The full Council motion and specific analytical requests are available at:
  http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/fmp/salmon/Salmon
FMPmotion411.pdf

From NPFMC News and Notes, June 2011 - http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/newsletters/NEWS611.pdf

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


27. Alaskans not keen on trade assistance grant programs (Dept. of Commerce TAA)
From seafood businesses to lumber companies to ulu makers, trade assistance grants and programs help American businesses and entrepreneurs compete with cheaper, foreign imports. But it's been tough to find takers in Alaska.

"It's a good program, but our biggest problem is finding people to take advantage of it," said Gary Kuhar, director of the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, which administers funds for five Northwest states through the Economic Development arm of the U.S. Commerce Department. "This is a very independent part of the country and unlike other places where they line up for this program, we have to go out and actually find people who are interested."

Matching grants of up to $75,000 are available to mid- or large-sized companies, and other provisions apply to smaller businesses, co-ops or associations.

"They only have to pay 25 percent but the ceiling of assistance is capped at $30,000. So the federal share would be $22,500," Kuhar said…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/061711/fis_ankotag.shtml

NW TAA Center: http://www.nwtaac.org/


28. Deadline August 29 for USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Applications
Federal Register Notice:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-28/html/2011
-16121.htm

USDA Value Added Producer program home page: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm
Alaska USDA Rural Development office: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ak/


29. ABSC offers Free DVD for Bering Sea crab boat skippers and crew    
            Crew members who want to invest in the Bering Sea crab fisheries will benefit from a DVD available for free from the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, a harvester trade group.  
The DVD is a videotape of a May 3 workshop on financing and purchasing options for skippers and crew who want to buy catch shares of Bering Sea king and snow crab.  

The workshop was held in Seattle and video conferenced to Kodiak and Anchorage. It attracted over 100 participants, said Edward Poulsen, director of the Crabbers group, which organized the workshop.

Eligible skippers and crew can benefit from an $8 million federal loan program that will finance up to 80% of the cost of purchasing crab quota shares, and can be repaid over 25 years. 
            Poulsen said crab vessel owners also are working on other options to help their crews become invested in the Bering Sea crab fisheries.
            The crab workshop power point presentations are available at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council home page.
 Get free copies of the entire crew workshop DVD via email by contacting alaskaberingseacrabbers@gmail.com.

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers is an alliance that represents all crab fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.     www.alaskaberingseacrabbers.org


30. AKCRRAB ships juvenile red king crabs to Juneau
AKCRRAB scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences are increasing their research into factors that may affect competency of hatchery-raised juveniles in the wild.
In June 2011, researchers shipped 4,400 juvenile red king crabs from the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward to the Juneau Center of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The juveniles were hatched and reared from ovigerous females collected in the Juneau area during the Alaska Department of Fish and Game 2010 fall crab survey…
http://seagrant.uaf.edu/research/projects/kingcrab/newsflash/
1106akcrrab.html


31. Nat’l Oceans Council CSMP sessions: N.E. Fishing industry blasts exclusion
Goethel: Fishermen not being taken seriously
EXETER (NH) — In July 2010, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that established the first comprehensive national policy for the stewardship of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. Last week members of the National Ocean Council, which was established under this order, held a public listening session at Exeter High School to get input on the nine strategic plans developed by the council.

While virtually everyone who spoke praised the initiative, several voiced warnings and concerns about what was and was not included in the plans. Hampton resident Ellen Goethel, representing local and regional commercial fishermen, questioned why those she represented were not included on the council.

"What are you thinking, leaving out the fishermen and the (national and regional Fisheries Management) councils?" Goethel asked. "This executive order circumvented the will of Congress," as expressed in the 1996 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which established the fishery councils to manage the nation's fisheries…
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20110705-NEWS-107050318

National Oceans Council home page:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans


32. ASMI radio interview - sustainability & Alaska's place in the global marketplace
On Monday, June 27, ASMI Communication Director, Tyson Fick had an hour long radio interview on the show "Focus on Community" on Juneau radio station KTOO, 104.3 FM.  Host Adrien Lopez and Tyson discussed a wide range of topics from sustainability to the Alaska's place in the global marketplace.  To hear the interview listen at http://ktoo.org/audiofile.cfm?clip=5466


33. F/V Tordenskjold  - Boat of the Century – film by John Sabella debuts tonight
Television Premiere, Wednesday at 8:00 pm- - 360 North TV in Alaska

The historic halibut schooner Tordenskjold has steamed into her second century.

As she celebrates her centennial, she is neither relic nor museum piece. The Tordenskjold leads a small fleet of hard working commercial fishing schooners that compete head to head with modern boats on the Alaska fishing grounds.
http://360north.blogspot.com/2011/06/tordenskjold-boat-of
-century.html


34. Rep. Young’s Frankenfish Amendment Passes
Congressman for All Alaska Don Young’s amendment to H.R. 2112 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012), banning the FDA from considering genetically modified salmon as an animal drug, passed the House by a voice vote last night.   This amendment blocks an integral step in the path to approval and comes in response to a proposal by AquaBounty Technologies, currently under consideration by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
http://donyoung.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?
DocumentID=247046


35. DOC and NOAA Issue Final National Aquaculture Policies
The Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today released national marine aquaculture policies that will help the U.S. meet increasing demand for healthy seafood, create jobs in coastal communities, and protect vital ecosystems…
http://aquaculture.noaa.gov/news/welcome.html#finalpolicies

NOAA Aquaculture Policy page: http://aquaculture.noaa.gov/us/aq_policies.html
NOAA's press release: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110609
_aquaculture.html


36. Sen. Murkowski: “More Questions Than Answers” in Federal Water Fish Farms
Murkowski Concerned About Proposal, May Push Back on Poor Policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama Administration recently announced plans to create policy that allows fish farms in federal waters, in an attempt to cut the nation’s dependence on imported fish.  Today, Senator Murkowski responded with serious reservations:

“While I recognize the motivation to increase aquaculture production in the United States, NOAA’s new Marine Aquaculture policy raises far more questions than answers. My first question would be whether NOAA even has the jurisdiction to do this. Beyond that, can they provide the oversight this policy requires, involve the public and do a thorough environmental review.

“I am strongly supportive of the expansion of shellfish farming in Alaska, but farming of salmon, halibut and other finfish is prohibited in our state waters for a number of reasons.  Any attempt to develop this industry in neighboring federal waters will be opposed.  While NOAA seems to have a rough idea of some potential environmental drawbacks, there are also the financial ones that should be considered – namely what expanded fisheries would do to the Alaskan economy, which provides the majority of seafood to the United States…
http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases
&ContentRecord_id=57f48a94-d247-4447-9219-1eb5499d389
a&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&
Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624&Month
Display=6&YearDisplay=2011


37. New offshore aquaculture bill seeks to protect oceans
Representative Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, has introduced the National Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2011 (House Resolution 2373). This bill would unprecedentedly set a thorough regulatory structure for offshore fish farming development while adopting a balanced approach to address environmental, social and economic issues.

Moreover, the legislation would institute a research programme to tackle significant data gaps and make sure offshore aquaculture development is ecologically sustainable…
http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=
&day=7&id=44199&l=e&special=&ndb=1%20target
=

To see the bill go to http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php , enter HR 2373 and select to search by bill number.


38. Forbes: They engineered a better salmon, so why is Congress blocking it?
What happened to genetically modified salmon? A few months back I was looking forward to my first taste of the new AquaBounty salmon, which grows to maturity twice as fast as wild salmon. Will it taste just as good? Better? I thought I'd know soon. But then politics intervened …
http://blogs.forbes.com/stevensalzberg/2011/07/04/they-engineered
-a-better-salmon-so-why-is-congress-blocking-it/


39. Clock’s ticking on U.S. aquaculture
28 June, 2011 - Dave Conley is passionate about aquaculture and its potential to feed America’s growing appetite for fish, provide Americans with jobs and reduce a U.S. seafood deficit of around USD 9 billion.

But he’s also a realist.
Time is running out on the U.S. aquaculture industry. Some may even argue that it has already expired…
http://www.seafoodsource.com/newsarticledetail.aspx?id=10843&
utm_source=NewsLinks&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=
InformzNews

UFA has eight Alaska salmon aquaculture associations among our 38 member groups, and most if not all are doing well with ocean ranching programs that provide salmon for the common property – available for subsistence and recreational as well as commercial fishing.


40.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
7/6/11 Scallop fishery underway 2011‏
7/5/11 Consumer awareness of sustainability low
7/4/11 Biofuels from algae, sea grass eels and electricity‏‏‏‏‏
7/1/11 Consumers want healthier choices at fast food
6/30/11 Whale thieves on video, Arctic fish, fish oils and cancer
http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/?page_id=846


41. US Fish and Wildlife Service Fish Photo Contest.  The goal is to build a great collection of photos that can be used in educational materials to celebrate the diversity of Alaska’s native fishes, their seasonal movements and behavior, and their importance to people and ecosystems in Alaska and beyond...
Contest info and entry form located here: http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/fish/index.htm


42. Federal Subsistence Board Executive and Work Sessions July 11-12, Anchorage
The Federal Subsistence Board will meet on July 11-12 in executive sessions and work sessions. On July 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Board will meet in executive session to discuss the nonrural determination that was made regarding Saxman during the rural/nonrural review that followed the 2000 Census. The Board has heard concerns from community members on the impact this determination will have on the residents of Saxman.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on July 11, the Board will meet in a work session to discuss the Saxman nonrural determination…

On July 12, starting at 8:30 a.m., the Federal Subsistence Board will hold a work session to discuss the status of the Tribal consultation protocol, review wildlife hunting and trapping closures, and consider whether to accept a request for reconsideration submitted by the State of Alaska on the Ninilchik customary and traditional use determination for all fish in the waters north of and including the Kenai River drainage, within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Chugach National Forest within the Kenai Peninsula district. Other issues related to Federal subsistence management may also be discussed at this work session.

An executive session will also take place on the afternoon of July 12 to review applications for Regional Advisory Council membership. The Federal Subsistence Board will recommend Regional Advisory Council member appointees to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture. The Secretaries make the final appointments.

Executive sessions are not open to the public; however, the Board will provide a summary of the executive sessions. The public is welcome to attend the Board’s work sessions.

The work session will be held in the Gordon Watson Conference Room in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska. Photo identification, such as a driver’s license, must be presented at the building reception desk…

A meeting agenda and other materials will be available approximately one week prior to these sessions on the Federal Subsistence Management Program’s website: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/board.cfml

Announcement: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/newsrel/r062711.pdf


43. NMFS Posts Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports
As required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS
has incorporated public comments into revisions of marine mammal stock
assessment reports (SARs). The 2010 reports are final and available to
the public.

ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of SARs are available on the Internet as
regional compilations and individual reports at the following address:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/

Alaska 2010 report (9.5 mb): http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/sars/ak2010.pdf

Federal Register Notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-10/html/2
011-14451.htm


44. Comment deadline July 28 on 2011 MMPA List of Fisheries
Federal Register Notice – pdf with charts:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-28/pdf/2011-16209.pdf


45. National Science Foundation PEIS on Marine Seismic Research
Notice of Availability of Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS/OEIS) for Marine Seismic Research Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) or Conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)…
Home page: http://www.nsf.gov/geo/oce/envcomp/index.jsp

Final PEIS: http://www.nsf.gov/geo/oce/envcomp/usgs-nsf-
marine-seismic-research/nsf-usgs-final-eis-oeis-with-appendices.pdf

Federal Register Notice:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-30/html/2011-
16337.htm


46. NPRB RFP for Data Management for the Gulf of Alaska Project – deadline Aug 22.
The North Pacific Research Board announces a special request for proposals (RFP) for Data Management for the Gulf of Alaska Project, a $9.5 million program launched in September 2010 to study ecosystem processes that influence survival of young-of-the-year fish in the Gulf of Alaska.

Proposals to this special RFP are requested to provide data management and communication services from October 1, 2011 to April 2015. Proposals cannot exceed $400,000, and must be submitted by 22 August.  Download the full special RFP announcement for further details and proposal instructions.

RFP: http://www.nprb.org/documents/SpecialRFPforGOAIERPD
atamanagement-6-23-11_released.pdf

NPRB Home page: http://www.nprb.org/

We welcome new NPRB Executive Director Cynthia Suchman to the Alaska fishing community.


47. SALMONSTOCK  - AUGUST 5, 6 & 7th  - Ninilchik, Alaska
http://www.salmonstock.org/


48. The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee Meeting July 26, Anchorage
… from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the EVOS office, 441 W 5th Ave, Ste 500, Anchorage. Public comment is at 10:15 a.m.
http://notes3.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a
8925672a0060a91b/2beea721de4bd546892578bd007b9e26
?OpenDocument

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EVOSPAC meets on September 15, 2011
http://notes3.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a
8925672a0060a91b/9145d29fe17a7fdc892578bd007f464c?
OpenDocument


49. Juneau Docks and Harbors Seafood Direct Market Planning Study
http://www.juneau.org/harbors/documents/SeafoodDirect
MarketStudy-Draftreport03-24-2011.pdf


UFA dues for Alaska Individual members are $150 and are now open to holders of Alaska commercial crew licenses, in addition to CFEC permit holders and IFQ holders.
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