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NOAA to hold public meetings on Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery


NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service will hold a series of public informational meetings with Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon permit holders and interested individuals. 
  • Seattle — Monday, March 5, 2012, 10 a.m.-noon at the Nordby Conference Center at Fishermen’s Terminal, 3919 18th Avenue West
  • Petersburg, AK — Tuesday, March 6, 2012, noon- 2 p.m.  at the City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, No. 12 South Nordic Drive
  • Ketchikan, AK — Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 10 a.m. –noon  at the Ted Ferry Civic Center, 888 Venetia Avenue
  • Sitka, AK — Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 7-9 p.m. at the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road
The Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery is a commercial fishery in Alaska state waters and adjacent Federal waters. It encompasses the commercial taking of salmon with purse seine gear, and participation is limited to fishermen designated by the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC).
NMFS published proposed program regulations to implement the program on May 23, 2011 (76 FR 29707): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-23/pdf/2011-12650.pdf
Final program regulations were published on October 6, 2011 (76 FR 61986): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-06/pdf/2011-25750.pdf
Interested persons should review these for further program details. The final regulations require NMFS to publish this notice before conducting a referendum to determine the industry’s willingness to repay a fishing capacity reduction loan to purchase the permits identified in the reduction plan.
Subsequently, the Southeast Revitalization Association submitted a capacity reduction plan to NMFS and NMFS approved the plan.
As of February 24, 2012, there are 379 permits in the fishery designated as S01A by CFEC. These permanent permit holders are eligible to vote in the referendum. NMFS will update the list, as necessary, immediately before mailing referendum ballots. Mailed ballots will be accompanied by NMFS’ detailed voting guidance. 
Comments and questions regarding any aspect of the fishing capacity reduction program are welcome.
For more information, contact Michael A. Sturtevant at (301) 427–8799, fax (301) 713–1306, or michael.a.sturtevant@noaa.gov.
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