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UFA Update March 4 2011

UFA At-Large board elections will be held this Spring, for four seats for two-year terms. Crew license holders are now eligible to join UFA as Individual members, and be eligible to run for and vote in at-large elections. See Laine Welch's Fish Radio from today, at item #26 below.

We will mail at-large election nomination forms, and results of our recent Board of Directors meeting, to paid members later this month.

To support UFA by becoming a member see http://www.ufa-fish.org/members.htm

Contents

1. Agreement Reached on State & Federal Boundaries for Fisheries Management in 2011

2. Statewide Commercial Salmon Harvest Forecast for 2011

3. Cook Inlet BOF: Slanted news coverage as if City of Kenai doesn't exist

4. U.S. agents seize $2.75M worth of IUU Russian king crab

5. Study: Alaska seafood industry still tops for jobs

6. UFA & Fishermen Choose Respect

7. Oil studies find commercial fish in Arctic waters

8. Researchers warn Arctic fishing under-reported

9. Begich not bashful about securing fisheries chairmanship

9. State's halibut charter operators seek help on limits

10. Alaska Marine Safety Education Association schedule of courses and events:

11. Comfish Kodiak - April 14-16 Kodiak Harbor Convention Center - Kodiak, Alaska

12. Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium, April 9-12, 2011 Kodiak, Alaska

13. BSAI Crab Loan Program funding begins March 4 - Loans available for crab quota 14. 14. Reminder - Salmon TAA recipients may still be eligible for education funding.

15. Comment Deadline April 11 on NOAA Draft Aquaculture Policy

16. National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meets in Seattle April 26 - April 29

17. Governor Parnell hosts UFA Board  (photos posted)

18. Court to hear arguments Friday on Exxon Valdez payment reopener

19. Mine executive says Pebble, fishing can co-exist

20. Coalition petitions to protect Bristol Bay

21. Initiative would halt large-scale resource extraction

22. Aleutians East Borough blog angling for fishermen

23. Wall Street Journal on "sustainable": The Slippery Business of Picking Fish

24. Salmon fry killed at Prince of Wales hatchery

25. Pacific Seafoods wins critical preliminary ruling in antitrust case

26.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio -topics from this week

27. Deadline March 16 for Longliners Interested in Charter Work with the IPHC

28. NPRB Seeks Nominations for Advisory Panel - Deadline March 25

29. Comment Deadline April 12 on Federal Subsistence Board Two Rural User Seats

30. Comment deadline March 14 on USFS Big Thorne Project EIS scope of analysis

31. Comment by April 1 on BSAI Crab Amendment 37

32. Comment Deadline March 14 on CDQ Program recordkeeping

33. Comment Deadline April 29 on Ocean Policy Nine Priority Objectives

34. Comment by May 16 on USFS Planning Rule

35. Interim Rule posted for USDA Rural Value Added program

36. Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Advisory Committee meets March 1-3

37. USCG Safety Alert: Air Receivers and Relief Valves 

38. NPFMC Observer Committee Meets March 22, Anchorage

39. NMFS posts final BSAI & GOA Groundfish harvest specs and catch allowances.

40. Cook Inlet Lease Sale 219 cancelled

41. Alaska Sea Grant Survey on Training for Fishermen

42. Alaska Ocean Observing System survey on Weather info through AIS

43. Boards of Fisheries Call For Proposals - SE, PWS; PCod; and Statewide Misc Shellfish...

44. Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund outreach and Education grant - apply by March 7

45. Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council meetings:

46. Deadline June 30 for IPHC Merit Scholarships



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1. Agreement Reached on State & Federal Boundaries for Fisheries Management in 2011 (Juneau) - Responding to an appeal from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has stated that a new 3-mile line established on NOAA nautical charts has no impact on state and federal fisheries management this year. Fishing regulations based on the longstanding maritime boundary lines that determine state and federal jurisdiction will remain in effect for 2011.



"I am pleased that NOAA Fisheries has recognized the serious impact of enforcing the new boundary lines," said Commissioner Campbell. "It is unfortunate that fishermen were displaced from some historical fishing grounds in recent cod fisheries, but now we are back to the established lines and regulations while we work to resolve outstanding issues."

... For state-federal fisheries management boundary lines now in effect, see ADF&G groundfish/shellfish statistical area charts at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingCommercialByFishery.statmaps or ADF&G's regulatory definition of state waters at 5 AAC 39.975(13).



ADF&G Press release:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=pressreleases.pr03012011



Murkowski praises NOAA's resolution of 3-mile boundary dispute (3/4).  http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=10c53e7d-9f1a-442a-b1fd-499d6a8defeb&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624



UFA thanks ADF&G Commissioner Campbell for her effective action on this issue.



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2. Statewide Commercial Salmon Harvest Forecast for 2011

(Juneau) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces that the statewide commercial salmon harvest for 2011 is forecast to total 203 million salmon of all species. This would be the fifth largest total harvest, and fourth highest pink salmon harvest, since Alaska became a state and took over the management of its fisheries in 1960. All major pink salmon producing areas are expected to produce abundant harvests. Statewide sockeye and chum salmon are also expected to generate excellent harvests, with chum salmon predicted to provide the fifth largest harvest since 1960.



The statewide Chinook salmon forecast is not yet available, because the Southeast Alaska Chinook harvest quota is set under the terms of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The Southeast Alaska quota will not be released by the Pacific Salmon Commission until late March or early April.



The 2011 harvest forecasts for the other four salmon species are 45.1 million sockeye salmon, 4.7 million coho salmon, 133.7 million pink salmon, and 19.2 million chum salmon...

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=pressreleases.pr03032011



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3. Cook Inlet BOF: Slanted news coverage as if City of Kenai doesn't exist

Fish board ups Kenai goals; Setnetters handed closure period

By Brielle Schaeffer | Peninsula Clarion



Commercial fishermen took another hit at the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting on Upper Cook Inlet finfish policies at the Egan Center in Anchorage Wednesday.



The board, in its third day of deliberations on proposals that will become regulation if approved, passed an amended proposal that establishes a mandatory 24-hour fixed closure per period of the eastside set gillnet fishery on Tuesdays during mid-level salmon runs of between 2.3 and 4.6 million.



The proposal also converts the upper end of the optimal escapement goal for late-run sockeye salmon in the Kenai River from 800,000 to 1.4 million, allocating 200,000 for the in-river sport fishery. Commercial setnetters see this move as overescapement, which has the potential to diminish future salmon runs...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/030311/new_794038100.shtml



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Drift fleet nets more restrictions: Fish board makes changes based on coho salmon concerns

By Brielle Schaeffer | Peninsula Clarion



The Alaska Board of Fisheries began working its way through the hundreds of proposed regulation changes for Upper Cook Inlet finfish at the Egan Center in Anchorage Tuesday...



On Monday, the seven-member board took strong measures to try and conserve the declining Susitna sockeye salmon by restricting commercial drift gillnet fishing in the inlet for one period from July 9 to July 15.



Tuesday's meeting made policy that further restricts the Cook Inlet drift fleet in the interest of Northern District coho salmon. The proposal revises the fishery's management plan and directs the department "to manage the commercial drift gillnet fishery to minimize the harvest of Northern District and Kenai River coho salmon in order to provide sport and guided sport fishermen a reasonable opportunity to harvest these salmon stocks over the entire run."



"What I'm concerned about and what maybe other members are concerned about are getting Northern District cohos up north," said the board's vice chairman, Karl Johnstone of Anchorage.



The proposal, submitted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association and the Matanuska-Susitna Mayor's Blue Ribbon Sportsman's Committee, restricts the drift fleet from fishing in drift gillnet area 1, in the waters south of Kalgin Island, for two regular periods from July 16 to July 31. The proposal was amended to instead allow drifters to fish in expanded Kenai and Kasilof sections of the inlet during these periods....



Roland Maw, executive director of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association, said the new regulation would harm the fleet financially.



"They cost our drift fleet literally millions of dollars and the families that depend upon that fishery billions of dollars," he said. "And there never was a coho conservation concern that was clearly identified as to why they did it."



"They've taken away supposedly a sockeye day, two coho days. They've taken away three days out of area 1 and that's where this fleet historically has made its living," Maw added.



But he said he was further disappointed by the board's later decision to pass a proposal that limits the Northern District's commercial harvest of the salmon...



In other action, the fish board:



* Passed a proposal under the Alexander Creek king salmon action plan considerations liberalizing the northern pike fishery.



* Changed the in-river goals and optimal escapement goals for Kenai and Kasilof sockeye salmon to reflect the sonar technology conversions from the Bendix sonar to DIDSON.



* Modified the Northern District King Salmon Management Plan to articulate recreational use priority 

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/030211/new_793455378.shtml





AP in ADN: Kenai Peninsula dipnet fishing rules reviewed

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The state Board of Fisheries is considering proposals to limit Kenai Peninsula dipnet fishing, largely because of concerns from commercial fishermen about overcrowding, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

http://www.adn.com/2011/03/03/1734194/kenai-peninsula-dipnet-fishing.html



"...largely because of concerns from commercial fishermen"???   - HELLO!

It's a lot more than that. UFA's position and comment at the meeting was based on Resolution 2011-14 from the City of Kenai - we find no mention of this in news coverage, but it's online at http://weblink.ci.kenai.ak.us/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=59156&searchid=fbe80966-ab19-4f0e-8336-cc320457d337&dbid=0





Board of Fisheries Upper Cook Inlet Meeting Info is online at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo

Live Audio and Video is online from the BOF home page at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main



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4. U.S. agents seize $2.75M worth of IUU Russian king crab

By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times staff reporter

Federal agents in Seattle have seized $2.75 million worth of Russian king crab, most of which was allegedly poached, according to a civil complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

The seizure results from a joint U.S. and Russian effort to crack down on the illegal harvest of the valuable crustacean at a time of diminished supplies and record-high prices...

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014360311_noaaseizure.html

&

Bellevue man home after detention in Russia

Arkadi Gontmakher returned from Russia to his home in Bellevue Friday, some two months after his acquittal in Petropavlovsk on charges of money laundering and trafficking in illegally harvested king crab...

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014288616_arkadi21m.html



UFA Resolution 2011-1 Supporting the Bering Sea Crab Industries Effort to Restrict Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Crab Fishing, will soon be posted on our positions page at: http://www.ufa-fish.org/positions.htm



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5. Study: Alaska seafood industry still tops for jobs

By Laine Welch | Capital City Weekly

An updated study from 2009 shows that Alaska's seafood industry still leads all others when it comes to putting people to work.

The Seafood Industry in Alaska's Economy report by Northern Economics, Inc. shows that the industry employs more than 70,500 people each year - more than oil/gas, tourism, timber and mining combined...

http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/030211/bus_793470510.shtml



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The Seafood Industry In Alaska's Economy -updated economic report from Marine Conservation Alliance is online at:

http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SIAE_Feb2011a.pdf



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6. UFA & Fishermen Choose Respect

Alaska fishermen are leading a charge to get their home communities behind Governor Parnell's Choose Respect campaign, which aims to end domestic violence. Alaska leads the nation in domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.



United Fishermen of Alaska board members voted unanimously this month to support the campaign by rallying awareness across the state. UFA is the nation's largest commercial fishing trade group, representing 38 fishing organizations across Alaska.



"With membership from one end of the state to another our reach is enormous, and we recognize that the governors' campaign is the right thing to do," said Cheryl Sutton, UFA state chairperson.



Choose Respect marches and rallies are planned for March 31 in over 40 Alaska communities so far. UFA members are getting local, governments, Chambers, businesses and civic organizations involved, said board member Linda Kozak of Kodiak.



"The fishing industry is the largest employer in the state, and it is a unique opportunity for the industry to partner with the state to find ways to raise awareness I think is a huge deal for the state and the fishing community," Kozak said.

http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/030211/bus_793470510.shtml (Scroll down to this item)



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7. Oil studies find commercial fish in Arctic waters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Surveys for possible oil and gas drilling off Alaska's northern coast have found commercial fish such as Pacific cod and walleye pollock in Arctic waters where they have not been previously documented.



The Anchorage Daily News reports studies of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas are generating research of value beyond oil exploration.



The National Marine Fisheries Service conducted a trawler survey in the summer of 2008 in the western Beaufort. In addition to the discovery of cod and pollock it found commercial-sized snow crab. The findings led regulators to ban commercial fishing in U.S. Arctic waters before seafood companies could send boats...

http://www.adn.com/2011/03/01/1729464/oil-studies-find-commercial-fish.html



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8. Researchers warn Arctic fishing under-reported

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The amount of fish caught in the Arctic has been dramatically under-reported for decades, making the northern ocean environment appear far more pristine than it really is, according to a new study.



An estimated 950,000 tonnes of fish were caught in Russian, Canadian and U.S. Arctic waters between 1950 and 2006, which is 75 times higher than reported by the United Nation's agency that records catch levels, according to Canadian researchers.



Ineffective reporting "has given us a false sense of comfort that the Arctic is still a pristine frontier when it comes to fisheries," lead researcher Dirk Zeller of the University of British Columbia said in a written statement.



The results of the study were published this week in the journal Polar Biology...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/04/idINIndia-54673120110204



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9. Begich not bashful about securing fisheries chairmanship

By Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce

"Bashful" is likely the last word his U.S. Senate colleagues would use to describe Mark Begich.

So when an opportunity arose to become chairman of the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee, the junior senator from Alaska was not shy about talking his way into the seat.

"A lot of negotiations went on," Begich said. "Two other senators, who weren't on that subcommittee, would have been in line for that based on seniority, but we worked that out."

http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/022511/loc_bmbasf.shtml



Congratulations to Senator Begich for this important appointment!



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9. State's halibut charter operators seek help on limits

By Mckibben Jackinsky  - Homer News/Morris News Service-Alaska

Concerns about NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service's new program limiting halibut charter operations in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska have aired recently on radio and television and in newspapers. Charter Operators of Alaska, an organization leading the protest against the regulation, isn't ready to stop there.

Since the program went into effect Feb. 1, complaints about it have been filed with the U.S. Small Business Administration's ombudsman and a growing number of individuals have added their names to a petition launched last week and destined for President Obama, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell.

http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/022511/bus_shcos.shtml



For long term sustainability of seafood supply to the public, all user groups must accept the burden of conservation measures!



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10. Alaska Marine Safety Education Association schedule of courses and events:

http://www.amsea.org/calendar.html



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11. Comfish Kodiak - April 14-16 Kodiak Harbor Convention Center - Kodiak, Alaska

http://www.comfishalaska.com/



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12. Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium, April 9-12, 2011 Kodiak, Alaska

http://seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/2011/kamss/info.php



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13. BSAI Crab Loan Program funding begins March 4 - Loans available for crab quota shares for skippers and crew.

Now available through the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is $8 million in loans to purchase or refinance crab individual fishing quota (IFQ) shares.

The program is open to all former and current crab skippers and crew who meet certain eligibility requirements.

The Bering Sea/Aleutian Island crab IFQ loan program allows borrowers to finance up to 80 percent of the cost of purchasing crab quota shares.

An application for the loan program and more information can be requested from NMFS by calling (206) 526-6122 or through e-mail nw.finance@noaa.gov .



The loan funding was placed in the 2010 fiscal year budget by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Kodiak Daily Mirror (Feb 7) http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=9555



The contact info for the program is now online at:

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/crab/rat/progfaq.htm#lp



BSAI Crab home page: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/crab/crfaq.htm



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14. Reminder - Salmon TAA recipients from 2003 - 2004 may still be eligible for education funding.

"...In 2002 and 2003 (fishing seasons) over 2,000 people were determined eligible for TAA under the USDA/FSA. Only a fraction of them accessed benefits. The remainder are potentially still eligible. A mailer sent out a couple years ago to determine level of interest resulted in minimal responses, and a few hostile responses from ex-spouses and widows. 

If a person was determined eligible, and now wants to look into using the benefits, please have them contact Heidi Carlson at heidi.carlson@alaska.gov or (907) 465-1805.



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15. Comment Deadline April 11 on NOAA Draft Aquaculture Policy

NOAA is seeking public comment on a draft national aquaculture policy that supports sustainable marine aquaculture in the United States. The intent of the policy is to guide NOAA's actions and decisions on aquaculture and to provide a national approach for

supporting sustainable aquaculture. The NOAA Aquaculture Program will host national call-in briefings on the policy for the public.



DATES: Public comments must be received by midnight, EST, April 11, 2011.

The NOAA draft national aquaculture policy is available online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/aquaculture/policy2/index.htm .



Federal Register Noticehttp://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3424.htm



NOAA Aquaculture home page: http://aquaculture.noaa.gov . NOAA will be seeking public comment on the draft policies for the next 60 days.



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16. National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meets in Seattle April 26 - April 29

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is coming to Seattle April 26 - April 29, 2011 and one of the hot issues under discussion is whether farmed salmon should be certified as organic.

There will be two days of public testimony, Tuesday April 26, and Thursday April 28, 2011. 

For detailed meeting info  -- Select April 26-29 Meeting at:

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.fetchTemplateData.do?template=TemplateJ&page=NOSBMeetings



Reservation info is at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e355gdd3e0f78733&oseq



Meeting notice in Federal Register: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4809.htm



Also please contact your elected officials to oppose the FDA push to approve genetically engineered salmon... more info at: http://ge-fish.org/



Thanks to Anne Mosness and Jerry McCune for this item.



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17. Governor Parnell hosts UFA Board (photos posted)

Governor Sean Parnell held a reception for the United Fishermen of Alaska Board at the governor's residence. Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Photos are posted at http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/multimedia/photo-album.html?album=197



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18. Court to hear arguments Friday on Exxon Valdez payment reopener

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it has paid enough for the 1989 Alaska oil spill, but a judge will hear arguments Friday that the company still owes nearly $100 million to remove oil from the Prince William Sound shoreline.

http://www.adn.com/2011/03/01/1730750/corut-arguments-friday-on-exxon.html#ixzz1FSUorQqf



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19. Mine executive says Pebble, fishing can co-exist

CEO touts infrastructure, science amid heated criticism.

The chief executive of a company pursuing the Pebble copper and gold mine prospect in southwest Alaska said Thursday that mining and fishing can co-exist.

Cynthia Carroll of London-based Anglo American PLC told the Resource Development Council that the Pebble Mine can be developed without polluting the watershed for the massive Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Similar developments have proven it elsewhere, she said, including a copper mine near British Columbia's Fraser River, which last year saw record salmon runs...

http://www.adn.com/2011/03/04/1735968/mine-executive-says-pebble-fishing.html



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20. Coalition petitions to protect Bristol Bay

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A coalition of some 360 fishing, hunting and sporting groups has petitioned the federal Environmental Protection Agency to protect Bristol Bay from what it considers to be dangers from developing the Pebble mine prospect in Southwest Alaska.

The coalition's letter urges EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to use the agency's authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay from large-scale mining. The region supports a large commercial salmon fishery, sport fishing and subsistence fishing as well as hunting.

http://www.adn.com/2011/02/27/1726697/coalition-petitions-to-protect.html



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21. Initiative would halt large-scale resource extraction

A petition application filed with Lake and Peninsula Borough seeks to halt any large-scale resource extraction activity, including mining, if that activity could destroy or degrade salmon.



The petition was filed yesterday in King Salmon by George Jacko, of Pedro Bay, lead sponsor of the "Save our Salmon" initiative, who said "this initiative is about giving a voice to the Alaskans who will be most affected by industrial development in Bristol Bay."



"We need about 90 signatures; we'll try to get more. We want it to be on the regular ballot in the fall," Jacko said.



The borough now has 30 days to review the application, to be sure it is in order, and if everything was in order, it would be headed for the ballot, said Lamar Cotten, borough manager.



The stated purpose of the petition, signed by 24 people, is to protect salmon habitat from destruction or degradation during large scale mining activities within the borough. The signers include Robert Gillam, president and chief executive officer of McKinley Capital Management, an investment advisory company he founded in 1990. An avid sport fisherman, Gillam has had a home at Lake Clark for 27 years...

http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1109initiative_would_halt_large-scale_resource



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22. Aleutians East Borough blog angling for fishermen

In January, the Aleutians East Borough kicked off the AEB Fish Blog, an online forum for fishermen to discuss regional policies and issues. The blog also allows fishermen to "talk to each other" about how fishing is going and what challenges lie ahead. Get in on the discussion by going to http://aebfishblog.blogspot.com .



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23. Wall Street Journal on "sustainable": The Slippery Business of Picking Fish

Sure, We're Told to Eat More Fish, but Just Try to Make Sense of the Many Definitions of 'Sustainable'...

Despite all these efforts, the fish counter can still be confusing. . Although much of the data from environmental groups is substantially the same-researched by some groups and repackaged by others-each group can add its own recommendations. Not all opinions line up neatly...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704615504576172292781589156.html



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24. Salmon fry killed at Prince of Wales hatchery

JUNEAU EMPIRE

An unknown person turned the fresh water supply off at the Prince of Wales hatchery sometime either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, killing nearly all the king salmon fry there, according to a release from the Alaska State Troopers.

The person entered the building between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday. State troopers arrived on scene at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to begin an investigation. The lack of fresh water caused the oxygen levels in the existing water to drop, resulting in the death of 98 to 99 percent of the fry.

http://juneauempire.com/stories/030311/reg_793995669.shtml



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25. Pacific Seafoods wins critical preliminary ruling in antitrust case

By Jeff Manning, The Oregonian

U.S. District Court Judge Owen Panner handed Pacific Seafood a big victory Tuesday in the anti-trust lawsuit against the Clackamas-based fish-processing giant.



Panner rejected a request from the plaintiffs -- Southern Oregon commercial fishermen Lloyd and Todd Whaley -- for a preliminary injunction prohibiting Pacific Seafood from communicating with Ocean Gold, an allied processor in Westport, Wash., about how much to pay for whiting and which boats to buy from.



Further, Panner said the plaintiffs' attorney, Mike Haglund, failed to prove that Pacific has used its huge market share to suppress prices paid to fishermen.



"The evidence presented... does not support plaintiffs' allegation," Panner wrote in the ruling. "Instead, the evidence indicates that since 2006 defendants' combined operations have expanded the market for whiting. Each year since 2006 (other than 2009, when there was a worldwide recession), defendants have been paying fishermen significantly higher prices for whiting, with record prices paid in 2008."

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2011/03/pacific_seafoods_wins_critical.html



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26.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio -topics from this week

3/4/11 UFA recruits deck hands
3/3/11 Smart Gear competition‏‏
3/1/11 Mariculture can grow AK businesses, apps open now
2/28/11 Choose Respect campaign embraced by UFA
2/23/11 Does a professional training program for fishermen make sense?

http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/?page_id=846



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27. Deadline March 16 for Longliners Interested in Charter Work with the IPHC

The 2011 Setline Stock Assessment Charter specifications and bid forms are now on-line. All areas are up for bid this year and present opportunities to professional vessels and crew.  More information can be found at the link below.

Documents: http://www.iphc.int/research/surveys/2011-charter.html



IPHC Press Release: http://www.iphc.int/news-releases/180-nr20110218.html



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28. NPRB Seeks Nominations for Advisory Panel - Deadline March 25

The North Pacific Research Board is seeking nominations for its Advisory Panel. The Board believes it is important to incorporate meaningful community involvement throughout its science program, from planning to oversight and review.



Please submit nominations and self-nominations for representation from the Arctic and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands to the Board by email or by regular mail to:



Katie Blake, Executive Assistant

North Pacific Research Board

1007 West 3rd Avenue, Suite 100

Anchorage, AK 99501



Advisory Panel Info: http://www.nprb.org/about/committees.html

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



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29. Comment Deadline April 12 on Federal Subsistence Board Two Rural User Seats

This proposed rule would revise the regulations concerning the composition of the Federal Subsistence Board (Board)... One proposed change called for adding two public members representing rural Alaskan subsistence users to the existing Board, which would afford additional regional representation and increase stakeholder input in the decisionmaking process.



The Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils will hold public meetings to receive comments and make proposals to change this proposed rule on several dates between

February 15, 2011, and March 24, 2011, and to make recommendations on the proposed rule to the Federal Subsistence Board. The Board will discuss and evaluate proposed regulatory changes during a public meeting in Anchorage, AK, on May 3, 2011, and make recommendations on the proposed rule to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of

Agriculture. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific information on dates and locations of the public meetings.

Public comments: Comments and proposals to change this proposed  rule must be received or postmarked by April 12, 2011.

Federal Register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-2959.htm

Subsistence Meetings schedule: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/deadline.cfml

Press release: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/newsrel/r021111.pdf



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30. Comment deadline March 14 on USFS Big Thorne Project EIS scope of analysis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Big Thorne Project located on Prince of Wales Island, part of the Thorne Bay Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest. This proposal is the multi-year timber sale component of a larger stewardship effort that will include opportunities such as restoration and enhancement activities that will be identified through other environmental

analyses. The overall effort will be implemented through the use of various contracting authorities available to the Forest Service, including timber sale, service, and stewardship contracts, by combining some of the timber harvest activities of this project with restoration and enhancement activities to be analyzed separately. This EIS will consider the cumulative effects of the timber harvest activities and reasonably foreseeable stewardship activities in the area.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by March 14, 2011. The draft environmental impact statement is expected in August 2011 and the final environmental impact statement is expected in February 2012...

Federal Register Notice Feb 11: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3072.htm



Federal register Notice - Feb 23 - correction of email address: The correct email address is:

comments-alaska-tongass-thorne-bay@fs.fed.us .



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31. Comment by April 1 on BSAI Crab Amendment 37

NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 37 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (FMP). If approved, these regulations would amend the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program by establishing a process for eligible contract signatories to request that NMFS exempt holders

of West-designated individual fishing quota (IFQ) and individual processor quota (IPQ) in the Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab fishery from the West regional delivery requirements. Federal regulations require West-designated golden king crab IFQ to be

delivered to a processor in the West region of the Aleutian Islands with an exact amount of unused West-designated IPQ. However, processing capacity may not be available each season. Amendment 37 is necessary to prevent disruption to the Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab fishery, while providing for the sustained participation of municipalities in the region...

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3398.htm



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32. Comment Deadline March 14 on CDQ Program recordkeeping

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program; Recordkeeping and Reporting

ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes regulations to revise recordkeeping and Reporting...

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-2981.htm



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33. Comment Deadline April 29 on Ocean Policy Nine Priority Objectives

The National Oceans Council is announcing its intent to prepare strategic action plans for the nine priority objectives identified in the Final Recommendations and is requesting input on the development of these strategic action plans. (For general information about the NOC and a copy of Executive Order 13547 and the Final Recommendations, please see: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/oceans ).

... The NOC is seeking public input as it develops the strategic action plans for the priority objectives. To be considered during the development of the draft strategic action plans, comments should be submitted by April 29, 2011...



Nine objectives headings:

Objective 1: Ecosystem-Based Management...

Objective 2: Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning...

Objective 3: Inform Decisions and Improve Understanding...

Objective 4: Coordinate and Support...

Objective 5: Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification...

Objective 6: Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration...

Objective 7: Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land...

Objective 8: Changing Conditions in the Arctic...

Objective 9: Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Observations, Mapping,

and Infrastructure...



Federal Register Notice Jan 24: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-1316.htm



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



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34. Comment by May 16 on USFS Planning Rule

On February 10, 2011, the USDA Forest Service unveiled its proposed Forest Planning Rule which would establish a new national framework to develop land management plans that protect water and wildlife and promote vibrant communities (press release).  The proposed rule is the result of an open, collaborative rulemaking process that began in December 2009.  



"This proposed planning rule seeks to conserve our forests for the benefit of water, wildlife, recreation and the economic vitality of our rural communities," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The proposed rule will provide the tools to the Forest Service to make our forests more resilient to many threats, including pests, catastrophic fire and climate change.  Healthy forests and economically strong rural communities form a solid foundation as we work to win the future for the next generation."



Federal Register call for public comment on the proposed rule:

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-2989.htm



US Forest Service Planning Rule home page:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule



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35. Interim Rule posted for USDA Rural Value Added program

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act), amends section 231 of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000, which established the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. This program will be administered by the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Under the interim rule, grants will be made to help eligible producers of agricultural commodities enter into or expand value-added activities including the development of feasibility studies, business plans, and marketing strategies. The program will also provide working capital for expenses such as implementing an existing viable marketing strategy.

Federal Register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3036.htm



Alaska USDA office of Rural Development: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ak/



This USDA program is open to fishermen and fishing businesses as producers - we will continue to work to expand eligibility for fishermen in USDA programs, for parity with aquaculture producers.



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36. Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Advisory Committee meets March 1-3

Federal Register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3338.htm

More info online at http://www.fishsafe.info/



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37. USCG Safety Alert: Air Receivers and Relief Valves

Compressed air systems can present hidden dangers if ignored and not properly protected by safety devices... This Safety Alert addresses safety issues relating to air receivers on Uninspected Towing Vessels (UTV), but may apply to air receivers on any vessel. Air receivers, regardless of specific use onboard a UTV, contain extreme amounts of potential energy; an uncontrolled release of this energy may lead to serious injury, death and catastrophic vessel damage. Although this issue involves basic safety and good marine practice, too many related problems have been recently discovered...

http://homeport.uscg.mil/cgi-bin/st/portal/uscg_docs/MyCG/Editorial/20110228/final0211.pdf?id=e1586fff2a571cb8583e7a2fb52f605672fcb649



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38. NPFMC Observer Committee Meets March 22, Anchorage

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Observer Advisory Committee (OAC) will meet at the Council office in the Old Federal Building.

DATES: The meeting will be held on March 22, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Old Federal Building, 605 W. 4th Avenue, 205 Anchorage, AK.

Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501-2252.



Federal Register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3980.htm



NPFMC Observer Program home page with agenda & details...

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/observer/observer.htm



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39. NMFS posts final BSAI & GOA Groundfish harvest specs and Prohibited Species catch allowances.

NMFS announces final 2011 and 2012 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2011 and 2012 fishing years, and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI (FMP)...

Electronic copies of the Final Alaska Groundfish Harvest Specifications Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Record of Decision (ROD), Supplementary Information Report (SIR) to the EIS, the Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA), and Supplemental FRFA prepared for this action are available from http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov .



BSAI Federal Register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4538.htm



Gulf of Alaska Federal Register Notice http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4402.htm



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40. Cook Inlet Lease Sale 219 cancelled

The Department of the Interior has decided to cancel Cook Inlet Sale 219 that is scheduled to occur in the Revised Program for 2007-2012. Cancellation of Sale 219 due to lack of interest is necessary to allow sufficient time to gather new baseline data for environmental review, analysis, and identification of mitigating measures...

Federal register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-4615.htm



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Surveys - input from fishermen wanted:



41. Alaska Sea Grant Survey on Training for Fishermen

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is seeking advice from the fishing fleet, service providers, related businesses and interested individuals.  We are considering whether it makes sense for the University of Alaska to develop a formal training program for jobs in commercial fishing. 



On this email is a link to an online survey.  Please consider filling it out and also forwarding this email to your colleagues and associates in commercial fisheries who you think might have an interest.  We intend to run the survey through the month of February.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CommercialFishingTrainingProgram



For info contact Glenn at 907-796-6046, Glenn.haight@alaska.edu



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42. Alaska Ocean Observing System survey on Weather info through AIS

AOOS, in partnership with the Marine Exchange of Alaska, is developing a program to stream weather and seas information through the AIS (Automated Identification System) used by many vessels.  To ensure the program meets user needs, we are surveying the boating community on how to improve the dissemination of weather information to Alaska mariners.  The survey takes about 10 minutes and asks about how people currently receive weather information on their vessels. 

The survey is here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/marinerweathersurvey



More information about AOOS, as well as real-time ocean data and forecasts, can be found on our website www.aoos.org .  A key part of our mission is to provide real-time conditions to mariners to improve marine safety.  Please let me know if you have any questions, or have other ideas on how to circulate this survey to the broadest possible audience.



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43. Boards of Fisheries Call For Proposals - SE, PWS; PCod; and Statewide Misc Shellfish...

Proposal Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Friday, April 29, 2011

Public Notice: http://notes3.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a8925672a0060a91b/f66ec343c3d0e0708925782b00020a4f?OpenDocument

Complete notice:

http://notes3.state.ak.us/icons/fileatt.gif



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44. Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund outreach and Education grant - apply by March 7

AKSSF Outreach and Education Grant Solicitation Guide

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/pub/AKSSF_Outreach_and_Education_Program_Guidelines.pdf



AKSSF Outreach and Education Grant Application (Adobe PDF version)

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/pub/AKSSF_Outreach_and_Education_Grant_Program_Application.pdf



AKSSF Outreach and Education Grant Application (Microsoft Word version)

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/pub/AKSSF_Outreach_and_Education_Grant_Program_Application.doc



AKSSF Home page: http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/special/akssf/index.php



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45. Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council meetings:

Mar. 7-8, 2011   North Slope RAC -  Barrow    

Mar. 9-10, 2011   Bristol Bay RAC -  Naknek    

Mar. 16-17, 2011   Southcentral RAC -  Anchorage    

Mar. 18, 2011   Northwest Arctic Regional Advisory Council to meet in Kotzebue    

Mar. 22-23, 2011   Kodiak/Aleutians Regional Advisory Council to meet in Kodiak    

Mar. 22-24, 2011   Southeast Regional Advisory Council to meet in Sitka    



See http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/newsrel/r020111.pdf for details and contact numbers.



Federal office of Subsistence Management home page: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/index.cfml



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46. Deadline June 30 for IPHC Merit Scholarships

... Generally, a single scholarship valued at $2,000 (US) per year, will be awarded. The scholarships are renewable annually for the normal four-year period of undergraduate education, subject to maintenance of satisfactory academic performance. ...

Applications are available through the Commission offices and must be received by June 30, 2011:

http://www.iphc.int/news-releases/164-nr20110204.html

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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. Individual members may run for four at-large seats, and vote in these elections - to be held this Spring. If you are intrested in running for a seat, please contact the UFA office at (907) 586-2820.

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

To be removed from this email list, please send an email to ufa@ufa-fish.org , including your name.



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