UFA Update
August 29, 2011

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Contents:
1. House Special Committee on Fisheries - Overview Hearing on Pacific Halibut Management – Sept 1, 1:00 PM, Anchorage
2. Comment Deadline September 6 on Charter Halibut Catch Sharing Plan
3. Charter sector faces changes, but not like closures set in Canada
4. Charter operators explore plan to purchase pool of quota
5. Alaska Seafood Logo Decals – Vessel Size –available free from ASMI
6. Confusion, controversy mar end to Cook Inlet sockeye season
7. ADFG addresses criticism after sockeye season
8. Experts agree on the first international guidelines on responsible recreational fisheries
9. PWSAC Gulkana hatchery - A high-country Garden of Eden for red salmon
10. NPFMC agenda for Dutch Harbor, Sept 26 – Oct 4 (Salmon FMP & more)
11. My turn: Faulty Columbia Basin salmon plan bad for salmon and jobs
12. Is there room for young captains in the Alaska fishery?
13. National Fish Habitat Action Plan posts State habitat fact sheets
14. ADFG Outreach Aims to Help Anglers Conserve Rockfish through Avoidance, Proper Deepwater Release
15. Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation Lodestar ENewsletter:
16. Boats drop pots for Alaska king crab in the Bering Sea
17. Public forum needed on plan to barge mining materials down the Taku River
18. White House urges end to programs that can make dangerous jobs safer
19. Pebble advertising wars heat up as sides seek support
20. In poll, commercial fishermen come out against Pebble mine
21. AK Supreme Court allows Pebble initiative onto October ballot
22. AFS "Fisheries and Hard Rock Mining" symposium Sept 6th Seattle.
23. Symposium and Workshop on Electronic Fishery Information Systems Sept. 9
24. Alaska Sea Grant hosts 27th Wakefield Fisheries Symposium September 14-17,
25. First class graduates from Maine cod farming academy
26.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
27. FISHSAFE.INFO - - Schedule Your FREE 'No Fault' Commercial  Fishing Vessel Dockside Safety Exam Today http://www.fishsafe.info/contactform.htm
28. 2011 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Catches - Blue Sheet updated 8/26
29. Deadline September 28 for Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund (AKSSF)
30. Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils to Hold Meetings Statewide
31. Comment Deadline September 26 on BSAI Groundfish Amendment 80 Criteria


1. House Special Committee on Fisheries - Overview Hearing on Pacific Halibut Management – Sept 1, 1:00 PM, Anchorage
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_hearing.asp?session=
27&Chamb=B&Date1=08%2F29%2F2011&Date2=09%2F0
1%2F2011&Comty=&Root=&Sel=1&Button=Display

Contact your legislator – interim phone list: http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/docs/pdf/InterimPhoneList.pdf

Locate your legislator: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_eo_state_dist.php

Testimony by invitation – UFA thanks Committee Chairman Representative Steve Thompson for the invitation to speak.


2. Comment Deadline September 6 on Charter Halibut Catch Sharing Plan

NOAA's Fisheries Service is seeking public comment on a draft rule, called a catch sharing plan, designed to sustainably manage the halibut stock in southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended the rule to establish a clear allocation between the commercial and charter sectors that fish in these areas.
The proposed catch sharing plan, which is scheduled to be in place by 2012, is designed to foster a sustainable fishery by preventing overharvesting of halibut and would introduce provisions that provide flexibility for charter and commercial fishermen.
NOAA News Release:
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2011/halibutstock072111.htm

NOAA Sport Halibut page: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/halibut/sport.htm.

Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=FR+PR+N+O+SR
+PS;rpp=10;po=0;D=NOAA-NMFS-2011-0180

Federal Register Notice: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/prules/76fr44156.pdf


3. Charter sector faces changes, but not like closures set in Canada
By Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce

Charter halibut operators concerned about how a proposed rule to divide the harvest between their sector and the commercial fishery can take solace in one thing: at least they're not in Canada.

The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans closed the recreational halibut fishery effective Sept. 5 because sport fishermen have reached their harvest allocation for the season.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/082611/fis_csfcbnl.shtml
&
Halibut plan offers way around limits, for a price
(Andrew Jensen, AK Journal of Commerce)
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/080511/fis_hpowalf.shtml

&
Halibut conservation should be a shared responsibility
(Kate Troll in Juneau Empire)
http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-08-27/halibut-conservation
-should-be-shared-responsibility


4. Charter operators explore plan to purchase pool of quota
By Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce

The bumper stickers aren't as common as they once were in Sitka, but the tension they expressed between commercial and charter halibut fishermen is still there…

The idea of a pooled charter purchase from the commercial fleet isn't a new one, said Kathy Hansen of the Southeast Alaska Fishermen's Alliance…

Julianne Curry, executive director of Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, attended two CATCH meetings, one in Petersburg and one in Sitka…Curry said dealbreakers would be the charter sector attempting to prevent the CSP from being implemented in 2012, or seeking larger allocations under the plan.

Curry noted she purchased quota shares worth 7,000 pounds of halibut in 2007. This year, those same shares amounted to 1,700 pounds.

"It doesn't pass the red face test to say, 'I need more fish,'" Curry said.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/081211/fis_coeptp.shtml


5. Alaska Seafood Logo Decals – Vessel Size –available free from ASMI
AK registered commercial fishing vessels can receive the ALASKA SEAFOOD decal -all they have to do is call the ASMI office at 907-465-5560. ASMI also has banners, flags  for boats that do not have space to stick the decals) bumper stickers, window decals.


6. Confusion, controversy mar end to Cook Inlet sockeye season
Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce (8/12)
Upended regulations, costly logistical nightmares and concern over Kenai River king salmon marred a historic return of sockeye to Cook Inlet this season…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/081211/fis_ccmetis.shtml


7. ADFG addresses criticism after sockeye season
By Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce

Swift Arrow Capt. Dyer VanDevere may have gotten the first standing ovation ever received by a drifter from dipnetters after he pulled up to the north shore of the Kasilof River July 16 and started handing out free sockeye…see Photo Courtesy of Dyer VanDevere at link below.              

After "threading the needle" with salmon management decisions in Cook Inlet throughout July, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commercial Fishing Director Jeff Regnart hopes one of the last calls of the season doesn't unravel the work of his staff up to that point.

Faced with a sockeye return that ranked among the top five all time and what may end up as the lowest return of Kenai River king salmon ever, ADFG was under even more scrutiny than usual in the most hotly contested fishery in Alaska…
http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/081811/fis_adcass.shtml


8. Experts agree on the first international guidelines on responsible recreational fisheries
An International Expert Consultation convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) agreed today on the first international guidelines on responsible recreational fisheries. The Technical Guidelines, which will be brought to the attention of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI), support sustainable recreational fisheries in context of the FAO Code of Conduct of Responsible Fisheries and were prepared following calls from FAO member states for guidance on recreational fisheries as a rapidly rising form of use of wild fish populations…
The Expert Consultation, composed of 20 experts from academia, policy and NGOs, was hosted by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries 5-6 August 2011 after the Sixth World Recreational Fishing Conference (Humboldt-University of Berlin) August 1-4 2011. The Technical Guidelines will be published by FAO and available online…
Documents: http://www.worldrecfish.org/


9. PWSAC Gulkana hatchery - A high-country Garden of Eden for red salmon
NED ROZELL, ALASKA SCIENCE (Anchorage Daily News)
EAST FORK OF THE GULKANA RIVER -- In early August, a few months before this mossy valley will feel the sting of 40-below air, bright red salmon dart through a crystal clear pool amid fragrant green vegetation…
At the Gulkana Hatchery, a few people working for the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation raise a brood of up to 35 million red salmon each year and release them into the Gulkana River system.
"It's the largest sockeye hatchery in the world," Martinek says.
"Two-hundred and sixty miles from the ocean."
http://www.adn.com/2011/08/20/2023773/a-high-country-garden
-of-eden.html


10. NPFMC agenda for Dutch Harbor, Sept 26 – Oct 4 (Salmon FMP & more)
The Council's Agenda for the September/October meeting in Dutch Harbor, Alaska has been posted:
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/Agendas/1011agenda.pdf

Please note that Initial Review of the Salmon FMP is scheduled for (though is subject to change as necessary):
AP - Monday, September 26, 8:00am;
SSC - Tuesday, September 27, 1:00pm;
Council - Wednesday, September 28, 1:00pm.

Also, please note that the Salmon FMP Workshop will be held on September 14 in Anchorage, at the Clarion Suites, 1110 W 8th Ave.  An Agenda has not yet been set.

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


11. My turn: Faulty Columbia Basin salmon plan bad for salmon and jobs
By DALE KELLEY Copyright 2011 . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.  
Juneau Empire My Turn:
http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-08-10/faulty-columbia
-basin-salmon-plan-bad-salmon-and-jobs


12. Is there room for young captains in the Alaska fishery?
Melati Kaye  KDLG Radio Dillingham
The “Graying of the fleet” was the subject of the last State Legislature’s Fisheries Caucus earlier this spring —demonstrating that the aging demographic of Alaska’s fishing fleet is not just a concern for old fishermen sipping coffee at Petersburg’s coastal cold storage sandwich shop or taking tea in their Naknek living room. It’s a state-wide concern with economic ramifications. Melati Kaye has the details.
http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1392


13. National Fish Habitat Action Plan posts State habitat fact sheets
… Fact sheets provide an important picture of the challenges and opportunities facing fish and those engaged in fish habitat conservation efforts.  Please use these fact sheets to inform yourself and others of fish habitat conditions within your state….  
Alaska          California       Oregon     Washington 

NFHAP page –all states: http://fishhabitat.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=
article&id=415:state-fact-sheet-test-page&catid=36:news&Ite
mid=50


14. ADFG Outreach Aims to Help Anglers Conserve Rockfish through Avoidance, Proper Deepwater Release
New materials published by the Division of Sport Fish aim to help saltwater anglers and charter operators conserve Alaska’s rich rockfish stocks by increasing the survival of fish caught incidentally and released. The department has dedicated a new Web page to proper deepwater rockfish release at www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSport
FishingInfo.rockfishconservation
  and has prepared an updated version of the popular informational pamphlet “Angler’s Guide to the Rockfishes of Alaska,” available from Alaska Sea Grant in the near future.


15. Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation Lodestar ENewsletter:
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs071/1103573872919
/archive/1107320011735.html


16. Boats drop pots for Alaska king crab in the Bering Sea
Alaska’s Bering Sea crab fisheries got underway with this week’s start of the golden king crab season.  The fishery opens annually on August 15th and continues through March.
           
            Golden king crab is one of Alaska’s most stable fisheries, producing about six million pounds each year for more than a decade. A fleet of just five to six boats fish for “goldens” in deep waters off the Aleutian Islands.  

            To keep track of the far away fishery, every vessel is required to carry a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) transceiver to mark where it is dropping crab pots.  VMS usage is required for all Alaska Bering Sea crab boats under the crab catch share program. Since 1988 the vessels also have carried onboard observers to collect scientific data and monitor the crab catch.  

            It makes it virtually impossible for crabbers to cheat, and they don’t want to anyway, said Jake Jacobsen, a veteran Bering Sea crabber and director of the Inter-Cooperative Exchange, a harvester group. 

“The consequences are such,” Jacobsen added, “that even if someone were so inclined; it is too big of a risk compared to any potential gain.”
http://www.sitnews.us/0811News/081911/081911_king_crab.html


17. Public forum needed on plan to barge mining materials down the Taku River
Jev Shelton in Juneau Empire
The Tulsequah Chief mine is in the news again…
It is time to convene a public forum with a time line that produces both practical protective measures for Taku salmon habitat and a viable strategy for gaining its implementation…
http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-07-31/public-forum-
needed-plan-barge-mining-materials-down-taku-river


18. White House urges end to programs that can make dangerous jobs safer
Obama budget cuts could impair safety in some of the deadliest occupations
Loggers, farmworkers and commercial fishermen die on the job at an astonishing pace.  In 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fatality rate for agricultural workers was five times that of American industry as a whole. The rate for loggers was almost 19 times as high, for fishermen 58 times as high…
Even so, the Obama administration wants to eliminate a research and outreach program aimed at finding new ways to prevent deaths, injuries and illnesses in the three high-risk occupations…
http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/08/04/5506/white-house-
urges-end-programs-can-make-dangerous-jobs-safer

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

UFA has written to the Alaska delegation in support of CDC NIOSH F/V Safety program – if you are a resident of another state, please contact your senators and representative!


19. Pebble advertising wars heat up as sides seek support
By LISA DEMER, Anchorage Daily News
The battle over the giant Pebble gold and copper prospect is escalating across Alaska with a blitz of radio and television ads.
Again.
http://www.adn.com/2011/08/13/2014064/pebble-wars-heat
-up-as-sides-seek.html


20. In poll, commercial fishermen come out against Pebble mine
Anchorage Daily News / adn.com
A new poll commissioned by an environmental foundation concludes that Bristol Bay commercial fishermen are overwhelmingly opposed to development of the proposed Pebble mine prospect. The poll, released Tuesday, found that 85 percent of the commercial setnetters and drift fishermen surveyed oppose the Pebble mine. And 98 percent believe the headwaters of Bristol Bay should be protected for future generations. The poll was conducted in May by Craciun Research and has a margin of error of just over 5 percent. Some 350, or 10 percent, of Bristol Bay's commercial fishing permit holders were surveyed.

The poll was commissioned by the Alaska Conservation Foundation, which has called Pebble a threat to Bristol Bay's wild salmon.

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/08/16/2018091/in-poll-commercial-f
ishermen-come.html#ixzz1VJVbKj00


21. Supreme Court allows Pebble initiative onto October ballot

LAKE AND PEN: Measure aimed at 'any big mine' that poses threat to salmon streams.
By LISA DEMER, Anchorage Daily News
A ballot initiative that could sidetrack the giant Pebble mine will be allowed to go before voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough this October under a ruling Wednesday by the Alaska Supreme Court.

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/08/17/2019818/supreme-
court-allows-pebble-initiative.html#ixzz1VUqMjSCw


22. AFS "Fisheries and Hard Rock Mining" symposium Sept 6th Seattle.
You can read the abstract for each presentation by clicking on the appropriate link. Over 3,500 fisheries professionals will be attending this 141st meeting of North America's oldest & largest professional fishery biologist organization.
A few highlights of this session:

1. Dr. Hughes will present an overview of mining impacts on aquatic life using solid scientific examples from Brazil to Canada.  
2. Dr. Chambers will present "Should lakes be used for mine waste disposal?" to highlight the 2002 administrative regulatory change that included mine waste in the term "fill" which allows lakes, rivers, wetlands and the ocean to be converted to mine waste treatment facilities with an Army Corps 404 permit.  
3. Dr. Ann Maest will present her work on "Comparison of predicted and actual water quality at hard rock mines" 
4. Dudley Reiser will present "Defining Aquatic Resource Baseline Conditions for Mining Projects"
5.  Knight Piesold-  "21st Century design concepts for mitigating the impacts of metal mines on fish and fish habitat".
6. EPAs Patty McGrath will discuss EPA's new regulations related to hard rock mines.
 http://afs.confex.com/afs/2011/webprogram/Session1806.html

Thanks to Dr. Carol Ann Woody for this item.


23. Symposium and Workshop on Electronic Fishery Information Systems Sept. 9
September 9, 2011, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
To register for this event, please go to http://marineresearch.oregonstate.edu and click on the National eFIS button, or at www.pacificfishtrax.org.

For information about registering for the American Fisheries Society meeting, go to http://afs2011.org/.


24. Alaska Sea Grant hosts 27th Wakefield Fisheries Symposium September 14-17,
Fishing People of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change, at the Hilton Downtown Anchorage Hotel. Nearly 100 presentations are scheduled on northern fishing communities, indigenous knowledge, governance and fisheries management, and the environment, including 27 posters;

The Wakefield meeting is one of the first to focus on the work of anthropologists, sociologists, Native knowledge experts, and other social scientists. The goal of the symposium is to clarify how to characterize northern people and places that depend on the sea, and to investigate how values and livelihoods can be best incorporated into management processes…
http://seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/2011/wakefield-people/
program.php
.


25. First class graduates from Maine cod farming academy
By Clarke Canfield, The Associated Press, The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine — Three Maine lobstermen and a former groundfish fisherman have become the first graduates from the first-ever “Cod Academy” aimed at teaching them the ins and outs of fish farming…
http://bangordailynews.com/2011/08/02/news/portland/class
-graduates-from-maine-cod-farming-academy/?ref=mostReadBox

Cod Farming for Maine's Commercial Fishermen – home page:
http://www.ccar.um.maine.edu/cod%20academy.html


26.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
8/29/11 Fishing permits, catch shares increase in value‏
8/26/11 SHalibut tags use iPhone technology
8/25/11 Sablefish wanderings focus of tag study
8/24/11 Salmon winds down; other fisheries gear up‏
8/23/11 Salmon will come up short 2011
6/3/11 Bycatch to food banks program expands to Gulf of AK ‏‏‏‏‏
http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/?page_id=846


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


28. 2011 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Catches - Blue Sheet updated 8/26
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialby
fisherysalmon.bluesheet

&  Inseason Alaska Commercial Salmon Summary:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialby
fisherysalmon.bluesheetsummary


29. Deadline September 28 for Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund (AKSSF)
All forms and templates for the 2011 Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund (AKSSF) Call for Proposals (CFP) are available online at http://www.akssf.org.  Please be sure to review CFP documents well in advance of the closing date (12:00 pm Alaska Daylight Time on September 28, 2011) as many of our forms and templates, as well as our policies and procedures, have been modified based on guidance governing federal grants. 

A new step in the proposal review process includes a review of applicants’ business/financial management systems and internal controls (see the Federal Grants Capability Survey at http://www.akssf.org).  To help nonfederal and nonstate entities improve their capacity for managing federal awards, AKSSF is offering a two-day Technical Assistance Workshop in Anchorage on September 8-9, 2011.  Participants will learn about federal cost principles, uniform administrative requirements, and other federal and AKSSF requirements.  Sample policies and procedures related to financial management, personnel, property, procurement, and travel will be provided. 


30. Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils to Hold Meetings Statewide
Schedule is online at:
http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/deadline.cfml


31. Comment Deadline September 26 on BSAI Groundfish Amendment 80 Criteria
Amendment 93 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) would amend the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Amendment 80 Program to modify the criteria for forming and participating in a harvesting cooperative. This action is necessary to encourage greater participation in harvesting cooperatives, which enable members to more efficiently target species, avoid areas with undesirable bycatch, and improve the quality of products produced…
DATES: Comments on the amendments must be submitted on or before September 26, 2011…
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-28/html/2011-19126.htm


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