UFA Update
September 29, 2011

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Contents:
1.  NOAA Fisheries asks fishery council to take another look at halibut plan
2. 4,185 comment on halibut Catch Sharing Plan
3. Begich Statement on Further Review of Halibut Catch Sharing Plan
4. ADN: Move to cut charter bag limit may not help, will hurt for sure
5. Avoid taking sides on halibut issue and stick to the facts
6. Keep halibut catch sharing facts in mind
7. Economic analysis of controversial halibut plan easier said than done
8. NMFS posts 2011 GHL for Charter Halibut areas 2C & 3A
10. AK Journal of Commerce Fish Bytes: A chat with IPHC biologist Gregg Williams
11. 2011 IPHC Interim Meeting Announcement –Nov 30 & Dec 1
12. UAF Study examines availability of seafood to Kenai Peninsula area residents
13. Life In Balance: The Tongass Rainforest and Commercial Salmon Fishing
14. KRSA asks Board of Fisheries to take up king salmon plan
15. Alaska Board of Fisheries proposal & meetings - recent documents
16. AK- Senate Resources to hear public comment on SB24 - Sport Fishing Guiding Services  
17. NPFMC agenda for Dutch Harbor, Sept 26 – Oct 4 (Salmon FMP & more)
18. ACLs in the Northeast bring accountability measures to recreational sector
19. Senator Murkowski: Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Formation of Oceans Caucus
20. Senator Murkowski: “Without Healthy Oceans, We Do Not Have a Healthy Planet”
21. Murkowski: Alaska’s Fisheries To Receive “Smart, Targeted” Support
22. Senator Patty Murray: Deficit Reduction: I Want to Hear from You
23. House Resources Hearing on National Ocean Policy – Oct 4
24. NOAA: U.S. domestic seafood landings and values increase in 2010
25. Dr. Jane Lubchenco And Maria Damanaki: Pirates are stealing fish
26. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Passes Coast Guard Reauthorization
27. Trident Seafoods Corp. to Pay $2.5 Million to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations and Spend More Than $30 Million to Upgrade Processing Plants
28. Copper River salmon are a vital resource
29. Ketchikan to host shellfish events in October
30. Homer art exhibit 'Faces of Fishing' brings fishermen together — literally
31. Rhymes of the mariners: Fishermen gather in Kenai to share poetry, inspiration
32. Murkowski Speaks Out About Her Former Fisheries Aide’s Federal Violations
33. Former Crew Members Attempted to Turn in Fuglvog
34. Two Subsistence Users wanted for Federal Subsistence Board - Deadline October 31
35. Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils meeting schedule:
36. Interior Secty Salazar honors Subsistence Sharing Network among Partners in Conservation
37. NSF study underway on Social Transitions in Kodiak Fisheries
38. ASMI: Apply now for the Alaska FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Chain of Custody
39. ASMI announce the new in-country representative in Japan
40. ASMI help wanted: Retail /Foodservice Program (Domestic) Marketing Specialist – Seattle
41. DNR: Public Input Sought for Permit Streamlining – ADFG, DNR & DEC
42. Judge sides with state in lawsuit targeting Pebble mine
43. For Healthy, Sustainable Fish: Buy American
44. NOAA Seeks Fisheries Histories from Alaska
45.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
46. NPRB Report Shares Highlights of 2009-2010
47. SE Transportation Plan posted for comment, public meetings scheduled
48. Comment by October 12 on Columbia R. Sea Lion take for ESA listed Salmon and Steelhead
49. NOAA releases results of 2011 Bering Sea Groundfish Survey
50. USDA posts Aquaculture statistics
51. Comment Deadline Nov 16 on Waivers of Crew Citizenship Requirements
52. USDA amends Farm-Raised Fish Emergency Assistance Program
53. EPA report: Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change; Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments
54. NPFMC Crab Industry Advisory Meeting Oct 13 – Seattle (Unalaska & Kodiak by Tele)
55. Alaska Seafood Logo Decals – Vessel Size –available free from ASMI
56. FISHSAFE.INFO - - Schedule Your FREE 'No Fault' Commercial  Fishing Vessel Dockside Safety Exam Today
57. 2011 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Catches - Blue Sheet updated 9/16


1.  NOAA Fisheries asks fishery council to take another look at halibut plan
Dutch Harbor, AK – Citing policy and technical issues raised by public comments, NOAA Fisheries yesterday asked members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to take another look at the proposed halibut catch sharing plan for Southeast and Southcentral Alaska…

 “After our initial review, we believe that a number of the comments raised issues that may require additional input from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council before NOAA Fisheries can proceed to a final rule,” Merrill told the Council. “We are still moving forward with the rule-making process, but we are getting some issues clarified and refining the rule based on public comments and additional Council input.”  

Specifically, numerous commenters raised concerns about:
(1) Management implications at lower levels of abundance;
(2) Economic impacts of the catch sharing plan; and
(3) Methods for calculating the average weight for guided angler fish that may be leased from commercial IFQ operators reporting guided angler fish…

 NOAA Press release 9/29: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2011/halibut092911.htm

AJC Andrew Jensen: NMFS asks for more input on halibut plan
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/
October-2011/NMFS-asks-for-more-input-on-halibut-plan/


2. 4,185 comment on halibut Catch Sharing Plan
With the comment period ended on Sept. 21 for the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan, 4,185 replies have been received by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. The comments include electronic, fax and postal submissions, said Julie Speegle, a public affairs officer for NOAA Fisheries, Alaska…
Comments can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;rpp=10;po=0
;D=NOAA-NMFS-2011-0180
.

Homer News:
http://www.homernews.com/stories/092811/news_cohcsp.
shtml#.ToPU5llI6lc


3. Begich Statement on Further Review of Halibut Catch Sharing Plan
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement after NOAA Fisheries announced a delay in the implementation of a halibut catch sharing plan in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska:
“Announcement of a delay in the implementation of the halibut catch sharing plan will please some Alaskans and disappoint others but in the end there’s a lot more work to be done on this longstanding, divisive issue and some tough decisions to be made in the interim…
http://begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID
=f7ac47a3-9e6e-4ca1-9afb-d5deb95d6cbf


4. ADN: Move to cut charter bag limit may not help, will hurt for sure
http://www.adn.com/2011/09/17/2073871/our-view-move
-to-cut-charter-bag.html


5. Avoid taking sides on halibut issue and stick to the facts
ADN Letter to the Editor by Rhonda Hubbard
http://www.adn.com/2011/09/20/2079375/avoid-taking-
sides-on-halibut.html


6. Keep halibut catch sharing facts in mind
ADN Compass by Brent Western
http://www.adn.com/2011/09/19/2077540/keep-halibut-
catch-sharing-facts.html


7. Economic analysis of controversial halibut plan easier said than done
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/
September-2011/Economic-analysis-of-controversial-halibut-p
lan-easier-said-than-done/


8. NMFS posts 2011 GHL for Charter Halibut areas 2C & 3A
Pacific Halibut Fishery; Guideline Harvest Levels for the Guided Sport Fishery for Pacific Halibut in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A

SUMMARY: NMFS provides notice of the 2011 Pacific halibut guideline harvest levels (GHLs) for the guided sport fishery in International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska). This notice is necessary to meet the regulatory requirement to publish notice announcing the GHLs
and to inform the public about the 2011 GHLs for the guided sport fishery for halibut. The GHLs are benchmark harvest levels for participants in the guided sport fishery. The 2011 GHLs remain the same as the 2010 GHLs; the Area 2C GHL is 788,000 lbs (357.4 mt); and the Area 3A GHL is 3,650,000 lbs (1,655.6 mt).
…The GHLs are effective February 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011…
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-02/html/2011-22585.htm


10. AK Journal of Commerce Fish Bytes: A chat with IPHC biologist Gregg Williams
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/
September-2011/Fish-Bytes/


11. 2011 IPHC Interim Meeting Announcement –Nov 30 & Dec 1
The International Pacific Halibut Commission’s 2011 Interim Meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington, on November 30 and December 1 at the offices of the IPHC (2320 W. Commodore Way, Suite 300, Seattle, WA).

On Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 P.M. (PST), there will be a webcast briefing on the stock assessment and staff’s preliminary recommended catch limits for 2012. The webcast is open to the public…
There will be a public webcast presentation on 2011 research projects and proposed projects for the future on Thursday, December 1, from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. (PST)…

Registration for the two webcasts as well as other Interim Meeting information can be found at: http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events.html

IPHC news release:
http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events.html


12. UAF Study examines availability of seafood to Kenai Peninsula area residents
Lindsay Johnson, Homer News
Do you eat fish? If you do, where do you get it? Do you get it as often as you want to? Can you afford it?
Soon, if they haven't already, 1,500 Kenai Peninsula residences will receive a post card from the University of Alaska Fairbanks asking them to answer six questions like these as part of a new study about food security on the Kenai Peninsula…
She said that with the abundance of food resources available on the peninsula, the idea that some residents can't access enough good food might seem strange.
But it seems to be true. From interviews conducted around the region last month, Harrison said need is up at area food pantries and a number of barriers prevent people from benefiting from local foods.
"It makes no difference if a fish is here, but if it's like $20 a pound nobody can afford it, it might as well not be here," Harrison said, also pointing out that a person can't buy a locally caught fish at a grocery store in Homer.
http://www.homernews.com/stories/092811/news_seaos.shtml
#.ToTjp1muPBI


13. Life In Balance: The Tongass Rainforest and Commercial Salmon Fishing
Video Online, featuring Salmon in the Trees Author Amy Gullick, thanks to Marine Conservation Alliance
http://www.youtube.com/user/AbundantOceans#p/u/6/htb0J0SWlY8

MCA Home page: http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/

Also be sure to check out SeaAlliance if you use Facebook or Twitter.

And if you plan to be in Juneau:
The "Salmon in the Trees" exhibit will be on display until Oct. 27. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (350 Whittier Street)
http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/092111/
new_888596315.shtml


14. KRSA asks Board of Fisheries to take up king salmon plan
By Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce
Kenai River Sportfishing Association is asking the Board of Fisheries to take up king salmon management outside the normal cycle in response to a late-run return that might have fallen below the lower end of escapement goals.

In comments prepared for the board work session Oct. 4-5 in Anchorage, Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported the late run of king salmon to the Kenai River was at or below the lower end of escapement goals for the last three years…

The Upper Cook Inlet board cycle had its three-year meeting this past March, and for it to take up the Kenai River king management it would have to accept an ACR to consider it at an upcoming meeting.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/
October-2011/Kenai-River-anglers-ask-board-to-take-up-king-
salmon-plan/


15. Alaska Board of Fisheries proposal & meetings - recent documents
·  Corrections to Board of Fisheries Proposal 215 (PDF 108 kB)
·  Notice of Proposed Changes In The Regulations of The Alaska Board of Fisheries (PDF 18 kB)
·  Corrections to Board of Fisheries Proposals 107, 109, 111 and 112 (PDF 7 kB)
·  ACRs for Board of Fisheries Worksession (PDF 240 kB)
·  Corrections to Board of Fisheries Proposals 289 and 298 (PDF 68 kB)
·  Board of Fisheries 2011-2012 Proposal Book (PDF 1,991 kB)
·  Board of Fisheries 2011–2012 Meeting Schedule (PDF 53 kB)
All these and more can be found at:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=process.main


16. AK- Senate Resources to hear public comment on SB24 - Sport Fishing Guiding Services  
Oct 10 Monday 9:00 AM Anchorage LIO Conference Room, and by teleconference from LIOs.
  The public testimony schedule will be as follows: 
  9:00-10:15 am Southeast LIOs  
  10:30am-12:00pm Kenai Peninsula LIOs  
  1:30-3:00pm Anch/Mat-Su, Glenallen & Valdez LIOs  
  3:00-4:00pm Fairbanks, Tok & Delta Junction LIOs  
  4:00-5:00pm Kodiak/Western AK LIOs 

For SB 24 Bill tracking and text see:
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?session=27&bill=SB24 


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

Documents are posted at the NPFMC home page: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/


18. ACLs in the Northeast bring accountability measures to recreational sector
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures; Final Rule

“Existing proactive accountability measures, including commercial trip and possession limits, commercial fishery closure authority, and commercial fishery overage repayments are being retained and codified as AMs through the Omnibus Amendment. In addition, new AMs are established to close recreational fisheries when data in hand indicate ACLs have been met or exceeded, as well as establishing lb-for-lb repayment of any catch above established ACLs for all fisheries.

In today’s federal register:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-29/html/
2011-24511.htm
 


19. Senator Murkowski: Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Formation of Oceans Caucus
Washington, DC – With our oceans and coastal resources, and the economies and jobs they support, facing constant and increasingly direct pressure from a variety of sources, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators today met to form a new Senate Oceans Caucus.  The Caucus will work to increase awareness and find common ground in responding to issues facing the oceans and coasts, which support millions of jobs in America and contribute more to the country’s GDP than the entire farm sector, grossing more than $230 billion in 2004.
Following today's inaugural meeting, the members announced that U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will serve as Caucus Co-Chairs.  Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), as Chair and Ranking Member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Senate Oceans Caucus to promote effective coordination with the subcommittee.  Other Caucus members are Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Scott Brown (R-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), John Kerry (D-MA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Senator Murkowski Press Release:
http://www.oceanleadership.org/2011/bipartisan-group-of-senators
-announce-formation-of-oceans-caucus/


20. Senator Murkowski: “Without Healthy Oceans, We Do Not Have a Healthy Planet”
Senator Murkowski Launches Bipartisan Oceans Caucus with Co-Chair Senator Whitehouse
http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&
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21. Murkowski: Alaska’s Fisheries To Receive “Smart, Targeted” Support
Appropriations Subcommittee Okays Salmon, Fishery Funding Amounts for 2012..
http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases
&ContentRecord_id=485a1dfb-d0cc-4d71-b7fc-e66f8ae1a07b&
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earDisplay=2011


22. Senator Patty Murray: Deficit Reduction: I Want to Hear from You
Over the next few months, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will need to find a balanced approach to addressing our debt and deficit, growing our economy, and putting Americans back to work. As Co-Chair of this bipartisan commission, I am working hard to bring members together around a bipartisan plan that works for families in Washington state. But I also know that we have a difficult challenge in front of us and that we need to marshal every idea and resource we can to complete this difficult task. That’s why I want to hear from you.
Please go to my comment form where you can submit your new, innovative, and most importantly – practical – approaches that could be implemented by the Joint Select Committee to help move our country in the right direction. At this critical time for our country your involvement is important to ensuring that we can find common ground solutions that work for real families. I look forward to hearing your ideas.
http://murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/deficit-reduction#friends


23. House Resources Hearing on National Ocean Policy – Oct 4
Full Committee Oversight Hearing on "The President’s New National Ocean Policy - A Plan for Further Restrictions on Ocean, Coastal and Inland Activities"
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:00 AM..
For details see:
http://naturalresources.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?
EventID=261864


24. NOAA: U.S. domestic seafood landings and values increase in 2010
Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska and New Bedford, Mass. are top fishing ports
U.S. commercial fishermen landed 8.2 billion pounds of seafood in 2010, valued at $4.5 billion, an increase of 200 million pounds and more than $600 million in value over 2009, according to a new report released today by NOAA. This report shows U.S. fishermen, who meet high environmental and safety standards, continue to be competitive in the dynamic, fast-paced global seafood marketplace…
NOAA Press release:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/docs/2011/sep/
fus_sept2011.pdf

Fisheries of the United States report: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/fus/fus10/index.html

Commercial landings: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/commercial/index.html


25. Dr. Jane Lubchenco And Maria Damanaki: Pirates are stealing fish
From Saving Seafood.com:           
http://www.savingseafood.org/index2.php?option=com_
content&task=view&id=5662&pop=1&page=0&Itemid=156

NOAA: U.S., European Union to strengthen cooperation to combat illegal fishing (9/9/11)
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/docs/2011/sep/07
_iuu_fishing_agreement.pdf


26. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Passes Coast Guard Reauthorization
(Washington D.C., Sep 8 )
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 2838, The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011 out of committee today. This legislation authorizes the Coast Guard to spend $8.49 billion for FY 2012, $8.6 billion for FY 2013, and $8.7 billion for FY 2014. Alaskan Congressman Don Young worked hard to ensure that several provisions important to Alaska were included in this legislation such as the Alaska delegation’s Maritime Lien Reform Act (H.R. 1210)…

Congressman Don Young press release (lists more projects beneficial to Alaska):
http://donyoung.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?
DocumentID=258920


27. Trident Seafoods Corp. to Pay $2.5 Million to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations and Spend More Than $30 Million to Upgrade Processing Plants
Settlement to reduce discharges of seafood processing waste by more than 100 million pounds annually
(Seattle | Sept. 28, 2011) “Today’s settlement is truly a ‘game changer’,” said Dennis McLerran, EPA Regional Administrator in Seattle. “Trident is definitely changing course and seriously investing in waste management and increased fish meal plant capacity. We share Trident’s view that this settlement will be better for the environment as well as their bottom line. We’re establishing a new 'best management practices' yardstick for Alaska’s seafood processing industry.”

More information on the settlement and a copy of the consent decree: http://epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/cwa/
tridentseafoods.html
 


28. Copper River salmon are a vital resource
ADN COMPASS: Other points of view
By BRIAN RUTZER
As cooler weather and shorter days come to Alaska, a beautiful harbinger of fall is making its annual migration back to Cordova streams -- Copper River coho salmon. Together with its king and sockeye cousins, the Copper River run lasts five months, from mid-May through the end of September. I've been fishing the Copper River for 20 years, and, as any fisherman here will tell you, coho season is a wild ride -- unpredictable returns and the potential for big storms can either bring a sweet ending to the season or a chance to pack the net up early. However fishing wraps up this fall, this seasonal economy supports and feeds the hundreds of fishermen, businesses and families in Cordova, throughout Alaska and beyond…
http://www.adn.com/2011/09/16/2072631/copper-river-salmon-
are-a-vital.html


29. Ketchikan to host shellfish events in October
SCOTT BOWLEN, Ketchikan Daily News
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Alaska shellfish growers, harvesters, regulators and aficionados will be gathering in Ketchikan late in October for four days of meetings and educational opportunities, capped by the second annual Alaska Shellfish Festival up at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

"I think for anyone interested in aquaculture, it's going to be a real exciting time," said Rodger Painter, president of the Alaskan Shellfish Growers Association that has scheduled its annual meeting for Oct. 28-29 in Ketchikan.

The series of shellfish-related events actually will start Oct. 26 with a meeting of the OceansAlaska Industry Advisory Committee…

On Oct. 27 will be a day-long shellfish aquaculture educational opportunity sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant Aquaculture Program.
http://www.chron.com/news/article/Ketchikan-to-host-shellfish-
events-in-October-2189666.php

Oceans Alaska announcement: http://www.oceansalaska.org/oa2/pages/news10_10.html


30. Homer art exhibit 'Faces of Fishing' brings fishermen together — literally
http://homernews.com/stories/091411/arts_fofbft.shtml#
.TnGOqOz3GWE


31. Rhymes of the mariners: Fishermen gather in Kenai to share poetry, inspiration
http://juneauempire.com/state/2011-09-19/rhymes-mariners-
fishermen-gather-kenai-share-poetry-inspiration#.ToUCW1muPBI


32. Murkowski Speaks Out About Her Former Fisheries Aide’s Federal Violations
By Sean Doogan
Murkowski: “I disagree there’s a smoking gun” that Arne Fuglvog’s plea is evidence of conspiracy among commercial interests

Sen. Lisa Murkowski also speaks with KTVA’s Sean Doogan about halibut fishing restrictions, weighing scientific evidence against political interests and potential effects on Alaska’s tourism industry.
Video: http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-feeds/Murkowski-
Speaks-Out-About-Her-Former-Fisheries-Aides-Federal-Violations-
128973663.html
 


33. Former Crew Members Attempted to Turn in Fuglvog
.. Now, former crew members are coming forward saying they tried to turn Fuglvog in to authorities for years, and felt like they were ignored…
APRN Audio:
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/09/26/alaska-news-nightly
-september-26-2011/

Note no mention of UFA of any individuals we know – we appreciate professional journalism.


34. Two Subsistence Users wanted for Federal Subsistence Board - Deadline October 31
…One proposed regulatory change has recently been finalized that would expand the Federal Subsistence Board by adding two public members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with the concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture. This action will afford additional stakeholder input to the Federal Subsistence Board process…
Nominations and applications for the two public member positions on the Federal Subsistence Board are now being solicited and welcomed through October 31, 2011…
The Secretary is seeking public members who have:
•  “Personal knowledge of and direct experience with subsistence uses in rural Alaska” (from the Code of Federal Regulations: 50 CFR 100.10 {76FR56109});
•  Experience with and knowledge of the federal subsistence management program;
•  A commitment to the purposes and goals of the subsistence provisions (Title VIII) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA);
•  An ability to listen to and understand competing views;
•  An ability to make fair and objective decisions on complex biological and allocative issues.
Department of the Interior News Sept 12 – Application Instructions:
http://www.doi.gov/whatwedo/subsistencereview/FSB-public-
members.cfm

Related Federal Register Notice:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-12/html/2011-
23243.htm


35. Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils meeting schedule:
Sep. 27-29, 2011               Southeast Alaska Regional Advisory Council - Wrangell  
Sep. 29-30, 2011               Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Regional Advisory Council -TBA  
Oct. 3-4, 2011               Southcentral Alaska Regional Advisory Council - Cantwell  
Oct. 4-5, 2011               Western Interior Alaska Regional Advisory Council -  Aniak  
Oct. 11-13, 2011               Eastern Interior Alaska Regional Advisory Council - Fairbanks  
Oct. 12-13, 2011               Bristol Bay Regional Advisory Council - Dillingham  
Oct. 18-19, 2011               Northwest Arctic Regional Advisory Council - Anchorage  
Oct. 18-19, 2011               North Slope Arctic Regional Advisory Council - Anchorage  
Jan. 17-19, 2012               Federal Subsistence Board to Meet in Anchorage   

Federal Subsistence Board meeting and deadlines page:
http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/deadline.cfml


36. Interior Secty Salazar honors Subsistence Sharing Network among Partners in Conservation
“Exemplifying best practices for sustainable resource management within the Department of the Interior, the Subsistence Sharing Network is working to quantify the traditional values of cooperative and reciprocal relationships among Alaska Native people. Through their studies, the network is setting new professional standards for how social science projects could be conducted on the North Slope to achieve broad community support and participation, with responsible dissemination of research results.
Nominated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement

UAF School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences blog item:
http://snras.blogspot.com/2011/09/snras-project-receives-
national.html

Dept. of Interior press release: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Salazar-Honors-
Partners-in-Conservation-Award-Winners.cfm

Event Program including list and description of awardees is online at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/loader.cfm?csModule=se
curity/getfile&pageid=259351


37. NSF study underway on Social Transitions in Kodiak Fisheries
From Kodiak Representative Alan Austerman:
“Recently our staff was in touch with Dr. Courtney Carothers, who does anthropological research on fisheries and communities. She gave us a heads-up on a research project currently underway in Kodiak. It sounds like an interesting project…”
http://www.alanausterman.com/?p=1808

Thanks to Representative Austerman


38. ASMI: Apply now for the Alaska FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Chain of Custody
THE ALASKA SEAFOOD MARKETING INSTITUTE IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE ALASKA FAO-BASED RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT (RFM) CHAIN OF CUSTODY
The Chain of Custody Standard ensures that only Alaska Seafood products bearing a statement “sourced from a certified Alaska fishery” can make this claim. It will give confidence to all buyers of the seafood that it can be traced back through the supply chain to the certified fishery that was certified as part of the Alaska FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Program
http://sustainability.alaskaseafood.org/chain-of-custody-2

ASMI home page: http://www.alaskaseafood.org/


39. ASMI announce the new in-country representative in Japan
After an extensive RFP process that was conducted this summer, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is pleased to announce that AVIAREPS Marketing Garden (Holdings) Ltd. of Tokyo , Japan was selected and will be its new In-Country representative in Japan to market Alaska Seafood effective Oct 1, 2011.
http://pressroom.alaskaseafood.org/new/


40. ASMI help wanted: Retail /Foodservice Program (Domestic) Marketing Specialist – Seattle
Application deadline October 7 – for job description see:
http://pressroom.alaskaseafood.org/careers-2/


41. DNR: Public Input Sought for Permit Streamlining – ADFG, DNR & DEC
(Anchorage, AK) -  The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is launching an outreach effort to gather public feedback for state resource agencies as they seek ways to streamline the permitting process. The departments of Natural Resources, Fish and Game and Environmental Conservation are evaluating their permitting processes for efficiency improvements at the request of Governor Sean Parnell.

“We welcome public input on how to make our permitting system more timely, efficient and predictable,” said DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan.

DNR has launched a Web page that provides information about some of the major issues under review by the agencies. The Web page includes a feedback form for the public to submit their comments and ideas electronically. At this point, the agencies have not begun a formal comment period as they have yet to propose any revisions to statutes or regulations.

DNR is planning to host a series of public forums throughout Alaska this fall to gather additional public input on the permitting review. The meeting schedule will be posted on the Web page, in addition to other methods of notification.

Web page: http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/Priorities/Permitting_
Reform.html

DNR press release:
http://dnr.alaska.gov/shared/mediareleases/dsp_media_release.cfm
?id=1597&title=Public%20input%20sought%20for%20permit%2
0streamlining


42. Judge sides with state in lawsuit targeting Pebble mine
APPEAL POSSIBLE: Notice not required for exploratory permits.
By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press, September 28th

JUNEAU -- A Superior Court judge in Anchorage has sided with the state in a legal battle over the Pebble mine project.
Judge Eric Aarseth, in a written ruling Monday, found that the state was not required to give public notice before issuing exploratory permits for the project site. He also found the state didn't need to study the potential impacts of the activity first…
http://www.adn.com/2011/09/27/2091876/judge-sides-with-
state-in-pebble.html


43. For Healthy, Sustainable Fish: Buy American
Last night, President Barack Obama delivered an address to Congress laying out his plan for job creation in America. In the most recent version of this column, I did the same, at least for the fishing industry. Though admittedly my work lacked some of the pomp and circumstance of a joint address to Congress, it suggests one key to fishing jobs is greater investment in fisheries science, which would reduce the uncertainty forcing regulators to keep catch limits low, thereby allowing fishermen to catch more fish. That’s a classic supply-side solution. But there’s another side to that equation as well: greater demand…

American Progress - Fish on Fridays column by Michael Conathan
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/09/fof_090911.html


44. NOAA Seeks Fisheries Histories from Alaska
By Daysha Eaton, KDLG - Dillingham | September 20, 2011
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for Oral history submissions from Alaska.    It’s for their project, ‘Voices From The Fisheries’.    NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service started the project back in 2007, but stories from Alaska have been slow to come in…
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/09/20/noaa-seeks-fisheries
-histories-from-alaska/

Voices of the Fisheries project page - How to participate:
http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/voicesfromthefisheries/how_to
_participate.html


45.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
9/29/11 King crab a go in Southeast New voice for AK Bering Sea crab industry
9/28/11 Fish stories wanted from Alaska
9/27/11 Survey results, bycatch report, friendly Trident, Yardarm Knot sale
9/26/11 Fish updates – king crab, dive fisheries, etc
9/23/11Chilean farmed salmon coming back on line
6/3/11 Bycatch to food banks program expands to Gulf of AK‏‏‏
All are online at
http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/?page_id=846


46. NPRB Report Shares Highlights of 2009-2010
 A new report shares important Board milestones over the last two years, including the funding of over 50 new projects through the annual requests for proposals, bringing the total as of 2010 to 252 projects for $41.5 million. The large ecosystem project in the Bering Sea wrapped up its field seasons and began synthesizing results, while the $17.5 Gulf of Alaksa Integrated Ecosystem Research Program launched in the fall.

A PDF of the full report is available here:
 http://www.nprb.org/documents/NPRB2009-10Report_final_web.pdf

North Pacific Research Board home page: http://www.nprb.org/


47. SE Transportation Plan posted for comment, public meetings scheduled
Info and meeting schedule is online at: http://dot.alaska.gov/sereg/projects/satp/index.shtml


48. Comment by October 12 on Columbia R. Sea Lion take for ESA listed Salmon and Steelhead
NMFS received an application under section 120 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) from the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington (states) requesting authorization to intentionally take, by lethal methods, individually identifiable California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) that prey on Pacific salmon and steelhead (Onchorhyncus spp.) listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon. This authorization is requested as part of a larger effort to protect and recover listed salmonid stocks in the river. Pursuant to the MMPA, NMFS has determined that the application contains sufficient information to warrant convening a Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task
Force (Task Force), which will occur after the close of the public comment period. NMFS solicits comments on the application and other relevant information related to pinniped predation at Bonneville Dam.
DATES: Comments and information must be received by October 12, 2011.
Federal Register Notice:
 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-12/html/
2011-23266.htm

WDFW Columbia River Sea Lion page: Restoring balance between predators and salmon http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/sealions/

Humane Society Bonneville Dams Sea Lions Under Siege:
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/fisheries/timelines/
bonneville_dam_sea_lions_under_siege.html


49. NOAA releases results of 2011 Bering Sea Groundfish Survey
How much fish and crab can be sustainably caught by fishers in the Bering Sea next year?
The annual process to set total allowable catch levels for various groundfish and crab species in the Bering Sea took a big step forward this week, when NOAA scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center completed calculating the initial biomass estimates from the 2011 eastern Bering Sea survey…
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2011/beringsurvey
092211.pdf


50. USDA posts Aquaculture statistics
The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has released its latest aquaculture data set, which provides statistics on domestically grown catfish and trout and U.S. trade in marine fish and shellfish such as salmon, shrimp, and oysters. The ERS Aquaculture Data Set is available at www.ers.usda.gov/Data/Aquaculture.


51. Comment Deadline Nov 16 on Waivers of Crew Citizenship Requirements
The Coast Guard proposes to add to its regulations a description of the procedures for requesting and processing waivers of citizenship requirements on commercial fishing vessels. The Coast Guard aims to improve its efforts to inform the commercial fishing industry of this opportunity by publishing the application procedure policy into
the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before November 16, 2011 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. Comments sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the collection of information must reach OMB on or before November 16, 2011…
Federal Register Notice Aug 18:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-18/html/
2011-21024.htm

&
Correction to above – see corrected RIN #
In the Federal Register of August 18, 2011, in FR Vol. 76, No. 160, on page 51317, in the first column, correct the RIN to read: RIN 1625-AB61.
Federal Register Correction posted Sept 14:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-20/html/
2011-24055.htm


52. USDA amends Farm-Raised Fish Emergency Assistance Program
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has issued a Final Rule for amendments and corrections to the regulations for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
Federal Register Notice:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-31/html/2011-22323.htm
USDA Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program - Farm-Raised Fish Assistance – program home page:
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subjec
t=landing&topic=pfs&newstype=prfactsheet&type=detail&item=pf_2
0100401_distr_en_fish10.html


53. EPA report: Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change; Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments
EPA is releasing a final report entitled, Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments, (EPA/600/R-11/011F). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development.
    This report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems across the United States to the potential impacts of global change…
Federal Register Notice:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-06/html/2011-
22669.htm

Final Report home page: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/global/recordisplay.cfm?deid=231508


54. NPFMC Crab Industry Advisory Meeting Oct 13 – Seattle (Unalaska & Kodiak by Tele)
The Pacific Northwest Crab Industry Advisory Committee will meet October 13, 2011 at the Leif Erickson Hall in Ballard, WA. In Alaska, listening sites for the meeting will be located at the Unalaska City Hall and in Kodiak listening site to be announced.
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-21/html/2011-24210.htm


55. 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.


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


57. 2011 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Catches - Blue Sheet updated 9/16
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyfishery
salmon.bluesheet

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


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