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UFA Update March 15, 2013

UFA At-Large elections will be held this spring for four seats. Individual and Lifetime members are eligible. 

Nomination forms will be sent to current paid members this month; elections will be held in April.

Thanks to new UFA Lifetime member Bruce Schactler and new Business members:

Expense Reduction Analysts; Law Office of Bruce Weyhrauch; Vigor Industrial and Edgewater Marine Surveyors of Homer

Please support business members that support UFA.

We welcome new UFA member groups Golden King Crab Coalition and Freezer Longline Coalition

UFA Lifetime dues have been increased to $1750 for 2013 and will increase to $2000 in 2014.

Actions from the February UFA meeting will be sent to members with at-large nomination forms shortly.

UFA Mission: To promote and protect the common interest of Alaska's commercial fishing industry, as a vital component of Alaska's social and economic well-being. Thanks to our 36 member groups that support us in our mission, help you stay in business, and help fishermen bring you Alaska seafood.

Top Action Items:

1. Comment by Wednesday March 20 on Board Of Fisheries’ draft Board-Generated Proposal Criteria

Online Public Notice: http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=167374

Draft Criteria: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.findings

UFA Comments (submitted as RC134 at AK Peninsula / Aleutians February BOF mtg):

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/regprocess/fisheriesboard/pdfs//2012-2013/area-m/rcs/rc134_unof.pdf

Alaska Board of Fisheries Statewide Finfish meeting- Anchorage March 19-24, 2013

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/regprocess/fisheriesboard/pdfs/2012-2013/statewide_press.pdf

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2. Comment deadline extended to April 26 on FDA support (FONSI) of Genetically Modified Salmon

Federal Register Notice Dec. 26:
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/12/26/2012-31118/draft-environmental-assessment-and-preliminary-finding-of-no-significant-impact-concerning-a

Comment Extended to April 26 – Federal Register Notice February 14: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-14/html/2013-03445.htm

Electronic submissions can be viewed and submitted online at www.regulations.gov
Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0899

Senator Begich Action Alert: http://begich.com/landing/w1301ffe/?subsource=frankenfish

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Contents: Other items, notices and public comment opportunities

3. Senator Murkowski: Fighting Frankenfish Also Good For Business

4. Alaska Delegation Introduces Maritime Lien Reform Act

5. NOAA 2013 Biennial Report to Congress on International Fishing Activities 

6. Governor Makes Nominations to Fishery Council

7. Governor Parnell Promotes Alaska Seafood at Boston Seafood Show

8. NOAA report finds commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated $199 billion in 2011

9. Comment on NMFS Recreational Fishing Survey by April Fools Day (deadline 4/1/2013)

10. ACLU supports Yup’ik fishermen in trial – religion as allocation criteria

11. A bounty on sea otters? Bill proposes $100 per otter in Southeast Alaska.

12. Chinook Salmon Stock Assessment and Research Plan for 2013,

13. Fourth Circuit Strikes NMFS Biological Opinion regarding Pesticide Registrations   

14. State Pesticide regulations adopted for pest mgmt plans & state lands

15. Final rule posted on Halibut Catch Sharing Plan

16. High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act; Identification and Certification Procedures To Address Shark Conservation

17. NMFS Final 2013 and 2014 Harvest Specifications for GOA & BSAI Groundfish

18. F/V Safety - Update on U.S. Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Requirements

19. University of Alaska Fisheries, Seafood & Maritime Initiative (FSMI) February 2013 update

20. Comment deadline March 18 on IPHC Nominations

21. NPFMC Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee meets - Anchorage March 21-22

22. Alaska Board of Forestry meeting March 26-28, Juneau:

23. Subsistence RAC applications deadline March 29

24. NPFMC Items for the April 1-9, 2013 meeting,  Anchorage Hilton Hotel

25. DNR Comment Deadline April 4, 2013 on Bristol Bay Area Plan

26. Comment by April 5 for Amendment 94 sablefish vessel use caps…

27. COMFISH Kodiak April 11-13

28. Comment deadline April 16, 2013 on NMFS Draft Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

29. Comment by May 1 on Valdez Ferry Terminal safety zone during salmon openers

30. Managing our Nations Fisheries 3 (all Councils meeting) May 7-9, Washington DC

31. Comment deadline May 13 on BSAI Crab Amendment 42 Economic Data Reports

32. Comment deadline May 3 on USCG vessel documentation fee increase

33. Comment by May 6 on Survey of Coastal Managers to Assess Needs for Ecological Forecasts

34. Comment by May 17 on Sea Otter handicraft clarifications

35. Comment deadline May 29 on USCG MARPOL Annex V Amendments

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3. Senator Murkowski: Fighting Frankenfish Also Good For Business

Senator Hails National Supermarket Beginning Label Campaign On Its Own

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Lisa Murkowski today contacted the President of Whole Foods Markets to commend him for taking the proactive step of making it corporate policy to label all genetically modified foods they sell – a practice she advocated for on genetically modified salmon in a bill she co-sponsored last month.  With genetically-modified salmon still being considered by the Food and Drug Administration, Murkowski shared her concerns in a letter…

According to a recent news article, Whole Foods President A.C. Gallo said that labeling has boosted sales on his shelves…

Murkowski responded she wasn’t surprised that labeling items was good for business…

Related NY Times article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/09/business/grocery-chain-to-require-labels-for-genetically-modified-food.html?_r=0

Senator Lisa Murkowski Press Release & letter are online at: http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=564007f5-4520-4aef-9dd9-da3ce41a7734&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624

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4. Alaska Delegation Introduces Maritime Lien Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Alaska delegation today renewed their commitment to protecting Alaskan commercial fishermen by introducing the Maritime Lien Reform Act of 2013. This legislation would prohibit maritime liens from being imposed on commercial fishing permits, while protecting the rights of fishermen as they continue to engage in the commercial industry in order to provide for their families.

Senator Murkowski Press Release: http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=b2dcf6d3-bab3-4751-b556-006b13c1639f&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624

S. 542 online: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.113s542

H.R. 1147 House Companion bill (Young):  http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.113hr1147

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5. NOAA 2013 Biennial Report to Congress on International Fishing Activities 

…As part of its overall efforts to ensure that the U.S. fishing industry isn't undermined by unsustainable or illegal activities, today, NOAA submitted the 2013 biennial Report to Congress identifying 10 nations whose fishing vessels engaged in illegal unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in 2011 or 2012, or had ineffective measures to prevent the unintended catch of protected species in 2012. The report also includes follow-up information for those nations identified in the previous biennial report (2011). 

The full report along with highlights and supportive information are posted at

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ia/slider_stories/2013/01/msra_2013_report.html

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6. Governor Makes Nominations to Fishery Council

March 15, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today nominated Duncan Fields and David Long for consideration by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for service on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The governor also named Stefanie Moreland and John Moller as alternate nominees…

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-press-release.html?pr=6397

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7. Governor Parnell Promotes Alaska Seafood at Boston Seafood Show

March 11, 2013, Boston, Mass. – Governor Sean Parnell is promoting Alaska seafood during a trip to Boston this week. With more than 19,000 attendees expected, including more than 30 Alaska seafood companies, the Boston Seafood Show is one of the largest seafood exhibitions in North America. The event is being held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. 

“Alaska’s seafood industry is a crucial part of our state’s economy,” Governor Parnell said. “It’s a pleasure to celebrate and promote one of Alaska’s greatest natural resources – our salmon. The Boston Seafood Show is a fantastic venue for us to tout our message of wild, healthy, and sustainably-harvested Alaskan seafood.”

Governor Parnell press release: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-press-release.html?pr=6390

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8. NOAA report finds commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated $199 billion in 2011

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/2013/03/07_noaa_report_finds_commercial_and_recreational.html

Report: NOAA Fisheries Economics of The U.S. 2011

http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/economics/publications/feus/fisheries_economics_2011

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9. Comment on NMFS Recreational Fishing Survey by April Fools Day (deadline 4/1/2013)

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Marine Recreational Information Program Longitudinal Survey of Recreational Fishing Participation…

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility…

Federal Register Notice:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-29/html/2013-01743.htm

NOAA Marine Recreational Information Program page: https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/mrip/aboutus/organization/anglerteam.html

It’s worth reminding that the definition of recreation does not include gathering of food in wholesale quantities – i.e. there is no recreational justification for wholesale fish box quantities as commonly practiced by many tourists, guides and lodges in Alaska.  Much of the information they might gather regarding by guided & lodge visitors to Alaska is not about recreation.   – Mark V, recreational angler.

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10. ACLU supports Yup’ik fishermen in trial – religion as allocation criteria

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is joining the Yup’ik fishermen trials. The group has filed an amicus or “friend of the court brief” in support of the fishermen’s right to fish as part of their religious practice…

ACLU’s Mittman says restricting fishermen from fishing for King salmon goes against their fundamental right to freedom of religion and freedom to practice their religious beliefs…

“Unfortunately, currently in the State of Alaska, there is no mechanism for the State in making determinations of resource allocation to take in consideration these religious needs,” Mittman said…

KYUK: http://kyuk.org/aclu-supports-yup%E2%80%99ik-fishermen-in-trial/

APRN radio coverage:

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2013/02/13/aclu-supports-yupik-fishermen-in-trial/

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11. A bounty on sea otters? Bill proposes $100 per otter in Southeast Alaska.

A Republican from Ketchikan filed a bill proposing to place a $100 bounty on sea otters, a population deemed so out of control it could be responsible for millions lost to the seafood industry. Sen. Bert Stedman sponsored Senate Bill 60, which if passed, would be be used as a management tool.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130315/bounty-sea-otters-bill-proposes-100-otter-southeast-alaska

SB 60 Text and Tracking: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?bill=SB%20%2060&session=28

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UCSC study shows how urchin-loving otters can help fight global warming

http://news.ucsc.edu/2012/09/sea-otters-kelp.html

There are numerous opinion pieces on this available online via Google or other search lookup. 

We expect to report on other legislation in a separate update shortly.

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12. Chinook Salmon Stock Assessment and Research Plan for 2013,

is now available at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/home/news/hottopics/pdfs/chinook_research_plan.pdf

ADFG - Chinook Research Plan and Symposium home page: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=chinook_efforts_symposium.research_plan

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13. Fourth Circuit Strikes NMFS Biological Opinion regarding Pesticide Registrations   

Supreme Court Reverses Ninth Circuit: Absent a "Discharge of a Pollutant" Receiving Water Exceedances are not a Violation of Clean Water Act

In a unanimous panel decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that a biological opinion issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regarding the effects of three pesticides on certain salmonids “was not the product of reasoned decision-making.”  The Fourth Circuit refused to “silently rubber stamp” an agency decision where NMFS failed to provide a satisfactory explanation for key aspects of that decision.  Further, the court refused to allow NMFS to offer post hoc rationalizations for its decision in the form of an expert affidavit and arguments advanced by counsel in the course of the litigation.  In contrast to the lower court decision, which deferred to NMFS and found that it is not the duty of the court to sit in judgment of scientific standards, the Fourth Circuit took a hard look at the agency determination even as it applied a deferential standard of review.

http://connect.nossaman.com/rs/vm.ashx?ct=24F7681ED1AE45E1C7DD89A5D229991CDBBE7BB3D38714DD4CF371647BF8D90DDD78035

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14. State Pesticide regulations adopted for pest mgmt plans & state lands

Regulations dealing with pesticides and integrated pest management plans were

adopted by the Department of Environmental Conservation on January 22, 2013,

with an effective date of March 7, 2013. The regulations have been made

permanent and have been filed by the Lt. Governor. The regulations will appear

in Register 205, April 2013, of the Alaska Administrative Code. The regulations

changes are summarized as follows:

The amendments establish standards for state agency integrated pest management

plans, and allow the application of pesticides on state-owned or state-leased

land if the agency adopts an integrated pest management plan...

DEC Online Public Notice:

http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=166798

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15. Final rule posted on Halibut Catch Sharing Plan

The Assistant Administrator (AA) for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes annual management measures promulgated as regulations by the IPHC and approved

by the Secretary of State governing the Pacific halibut fishery. The AA also announces approval of the Area 2A (waters off the U.S. West Coast) Catch Sharing Plan (CSP), with modifications recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), along with implementing regulations for 2013, and provides notice of the guideline harvest levels (GHLs) for Areas 2C and 3A. These actions are intended to enhance the conservation of Pacific halibut and further the goals and objectives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the North Pacific

Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) (Councils).

Federal Register: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-15/html/2013-06034.htm

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16. High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act; Identification and Certification Procedures To Address Shark Conservation

This final action sets forth identification and certification procedures to implement provisions of the Shark Conservation Act, which amended the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (Moratorium Protection Act), to address shark conservation in areas beyond any national jurisdiction. This action also amends the definition of illegal, unreported, or unregulated (IUU) fishing for purposes of the Moratorium Protection Act…

…effective January 16, 2013.

Federal Register Notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-16/html/2013-00703.htm

NMFS High Sea Driftnet Report page: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ia/intlbycatch/rpts_driftnet_fishing.htm

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17. NMFS Final 2013 and 2014 Harvest Specifications for GOA & BSAI Groundfish

NMFS announces final 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications, apportionments, and Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limits for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2013 and 2014 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the GOA..

Federal Register Notice - GOA:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-26/html/2013-04162.htm

Federal Register Notice – BSAI:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-01/html/2013-04822.htm

& Note correction posted 3/14: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-14/html/C1-2013-04822.htm

NOAA Fisheries 2013 - 2014 Alaska Groundfish Harvest Specifications page:

http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/specs13_14/

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18. F/V Safety - Update on U.S. Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Requirements

On December 20, 2012, the President signed the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (CGMTA). This law made significant changes to the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (CGAA) which had previously established safety and equipment requirements for commercial fishing vessels (Chapters 45 and 51 of Title 46 United States Code). The requirements in both laws build upon the standards established in the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988.

While some provisions of both the CGAA and CGMTA are self-executing and do not necessarily require new or amended regulations (for example; vessel construction standards, survey and classification, and loadline requirements for new vessels), changes made by the laws will be implemented through new or amended regulations.

http://www.fishsafe.info/Update%20on%20CFVS%20Requirements%20-%201Mar2013.pdf

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19. University of Alaska Fisheries, Seafood & Maritime Initiative (FSMI) February 2013 update

Fisheries, Seafood, & Maritime Workforce Development Initiative

http://www.alaska.edu/files/fsmi/FSMI-UPdate_2013-February.pdf

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20. Comment deadline March 18 on IPHC Nominations

… Section 773a of the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (16 U.S.C.773a) requires that the United States be represented on the IPHC by three U.S. Commissioners. U.S. Commissioners are appointed for a term not to exceed 2 years, but are eligible for reappointment. Of the

Commissioners:

    (1) One must be an official of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and

    (2) Two must be knowledgeable or experienced concerning the Northern Pacific halibut fishery; of these, one must be a resident of Alaska and the other shall be a nonresident of Alaska. Of the three commissioners described in paragraphs (1) and (2), one must also be a

voting member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council…

Federal Register Notice:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-16/html/2013-00756.htm

International Pacific Halibut Commission home page: http://www.iphc.int/

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21. NPFMC Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee meets - Anchorage March 21-22

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee (SSLMC) will meet in Anchorage, AK.

DATES: The meeting will be held on March 21-22, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5

p.m., each day.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-01/html/2013-04809.htm

NPFMC SSL docs: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/conservation-issues/ssl.html

SSLMC home page: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/sslmc/

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22. Alaska Board of Forestry meeting March 26-28, Juneau:

Fish-related topics include:

Forest road projects and funding

Repeal of regulations referencing the Alaska Coastal Management Program

Proposed mass wasting regulation

Forest practices compliance and effectiveness monitoring

Forestry/fisheries symposium report

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting and forest roads

Southeast Alaska land ownership initiatives: Sealaska land entitlement and Mental Health Trust Authority land exchange

Panel on endangered species listings in Alaska

Briefings on the Tongass 77 Campaign, Chinook Research Plan, and Boreal Alaska Learning Adaptation and Production (BAKLAP) initiative…

http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=167198

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23. Subsistence RAC applications deadline March 29

The Federal Subsistence Board has extended the application deadline for Subsistence Regional Advisory Council membership to March 29, 2013…

http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/newsrel/r030713.pdf

Office of Subsistence management home page: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/index.cfml

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24. NPFMC Items for the April 1-9, 2013 meeting,  Anchorage Hilton Hotel

Observer Advisory Committee: April 1, 2013, 3-8 pm, Dillingham/Katmai Room, Hilton Hotel, AGENDA: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/PDFdocuments/meetings/413Agenda.pdf

Items posted:

2013 Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures EIS (C3b)

Public review AFA Vessel Replacement GOA Sideboards (C2b)

Public review BSAI Flatfish Specifications Flexibility (C2a)

Initial/Public review CQE Small Block Restriction (C5)

Public review Vessel transit lane near Round Island

For documents see NPFMC home page at:  http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/

Federal Register notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-13/html/2013-05786.htm

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25. DNR Comment Deadline April 4, 2013 on Bristol Bay Area Plan

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released the Public Review Draft (PRD) of the  Determination of Reclassification and Plan Amendment to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan (2005 BBAP).  Following a 90-day public review period, which may result in changes to the PRD, DNR intends to adopt the proposed revisions to the 2005 BBAP.  Once adopted, this plan, as modified by the adopted plan revisions, will serve as the basis for the management of state lands and waters within the planning area for the next 20 years…

These revisions are in response to an agreement between the parties and subsequent court order that dismissed the lawsuit, Nondalton Tribal Council, et. al. v. State of Alaska.... 

In general, this review involved the classifications of Wildlife Habitat Land and Public Recreation Land in the 1984 BBAP plus the classification of Resource Management Land in the 2005 BBAP.  Other aspects of this review are identified in the agreement and include, but are not limited to, assessment of the need to classify all anadromous streams as Wildlife Habitat and specifically those streams affected by Mineral Closing Order 393…

Your written comments are encouraged during this public comment period and must be received, in writing, on or before April 4, 2013 by mail, email, fax, or through the website provided below. To review and download an electronic version of the PRD, including maps, or submit comments online, please visit our webpage at:  http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/planning/areaplans/bristol/amend

DNR Online Public Notice 1/4/2013:

http://notes5.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a8925672a0060a91b/f149375c4e1b264289257ae900685021?OpenDocument

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26. Comment by April 5 for Amendment 94 sablefish vessel use caps…

NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 94 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP), which would amend certain sablefish provisions of the Individual Fishing Quota Program for the Fixed-Gear Commercial Fisheries for Pacific Halibut and Sablefish in Waters in and off Alaska (IFQ Program). Amendment 94 and its proposed implementing regulations would revise the vessel use caps applicable to sablefish quota share (QS) held by Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Community Quota Entities (CQEs)…

DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., Alaska local time, on April 5, 2013.

Federal Register Notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-06/html/2013-05077.htm

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Comment deadline April 23 on Amendment 94 sablefish CQE IFQ vessels…

Federal Register Notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-22/html/2013-04157.htm

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27. COMFISH Kodiak April 11-13

http://comfishalaska.com

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28. Comment deadline April 16, 2013 on NMFS Draft Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-16/html/2013-00705.htm

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29. Comment by May 1 on Valdez Ferry Terminal safety zone during salmon openers

The Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent safety zone on the navigable waters of Port Valdez within a 200-yard radius of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) Port Valdez Ferry Terminal. The purpose of the safety zone is to restrict all vessels except AMHS vessels from entering within 200-yards of the AMHS Port Valdez Ferry Terminal whenever an AMHS ferry is underway within 200 yards of the terminal and there is a declared Commercial Salmon Fishery Opener. This safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of life, property and the environment during periods of vessel traffic congestion during a declared Commercial Salmon Fishery Opener…

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-01/html/2013-02211.htm

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30. Managing our Nations Fisheries 3 (all Councils meeting) May 7-9, Washington DC

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2013/01/1_14_13managing_our_nations_fisheries.html

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31. Comment deadline May 13 on BSAI Crab Amendment 42 Economic Data Reports

NMFS announces that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 42 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (FMP) for review by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary). Amendment 42 would revise the annual economic data reports (EDRs) currently required of participants in the Crab Rationalization Program (CR Program) fisheries. The EDRs include cost, revenue, ownership, and employment data the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NMFS use to study the economic impacts of the CR Program on harvesters, processors, and affected communities. Amendment 42 is necessary to eliminate redundant reporting requirements, standardize reporting across participants, and reduce costs associated with the data

collection…

Federal Register notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-12/html/2013-05636.htm

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32. Comment deadline May 3 on USCG vessel documentation fee increase

The Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations to

separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the

Certificate of Documentation. The Coast Guard is required to establish

user fees for services related to the documentation of vessels. This

proposed rule would separately list a fee of $26 to cover the current

costs of the vessel documentation services provided by the Coast Guard.

DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our

online docket via http://www.regulations.gov  on or before May 3, 2013

or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date…

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-04/html/2013-04866.htm

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33. Comment by May 6 on Survey of Coastal Managers to Assess Needs for Ecological Forecasts

This request is for a new survey of coastal managers to determine their needs and potential uses for ecological forecasts or scenarios. Coastal managers would be staff from state agencies who deal with issues such as coastal water quality and habitat management… Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical

Utility…

Federal Register notice:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-07/html/2013-05325.htm

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34. Comment by May 17 on Sea Otter handicraft clarifications

Draft Clarification of the Application of Select Terms under the Marine Mammal Protection Act with Regard to Sea Otters

On Friday, March 1, 2013 the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska released for public comment a draft document clarifying the interpretation of the terms “significantly altered from their natural form,” “coastal dwelling,” and “mass produced” as they apply to Alaska Native handicrafts and clothing made from sea otter parts under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  We invite your comments on this draft document by May 17, 2013. 

http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/current.htm

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35. Comment deadline May 29 on USCG MARPOL Annex V Amendments

The Coast Guard is publishing an interim rule with request for comments to conform regulations to the adopted MARPOL Annex V amendments which entered into force on January 1, 2013. The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex V (Garbage) amendments prohibiting the discharge of garbage from vessels unless expressly allowed were adopted by the International Maritime Organization's Marine Environmental Protection…

“… One amendment adds fishing gear to the definition of garbage, but the industry was informed about this requirement in the guidelines published by IMO in 2006. The requirements for other types of garbage, such as plastics and unground food wastes, are unchanged. Thus, we anticipate that commercial fishing vessels are already in compliance with this rulemaking…”

Federal Register notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-28/html/2013-04616.htm

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UFA Mission: To promote and protect the common interest of Alaska's commercial fishing industry, as a vital component of Alaska's social and economic well-being.

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