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UFA Update November 12, 2009

We will hold our Fall meeting on Tuesday November 17th and Wednesday November 18th at the Swedish Cultural Center near Lake Union in Seattle - paid members are invited to attend.

On Thursday, Nov 19th, the UFA meeting will be held as part of Pacific Marine Expo, at the Qwest Center.

Members, lapsed members & new members - pay  your UFA dues online at

http://www.ufa-fish.org/paymt.htm .

Please consider supporting UFA today, and join us at Pacific Marine Expo next week.

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Table of Contents

1. Secretary Seeks Input for Review of Federal Subsistence Program

2. Secretary Seeks Federal Subsistence Board Chair

3. USFS & USFWS post proposed changes for Subsistence Board special action process - comment by Jan 12, 2010.

4. AFN Resolutions online:

5. Sea otters pose big threat to Southeast fisheries

6. USFWS posts ESA Critical Habitat for Southwest northern sea otters

7. Fisheries managers feel the heat in Bethel

8. Board of Fisheries summary of actions - Oct 13-14 meeting

9. Nobel Prize Winner Ostrom: Government oversight not only way to solve human problems

10. Federal scientists (NOAA): Limit offshore drilling plans

11. Coast Guard bill HR 3619 passes House, includes new safety mandates

12. Herron Calls for Continued Monitoring & Management of Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim's Declining Salmon Fisheries

13. State challenges polar bear listing

14. Gov. Defends State's Mine Permitting Process

15. ADFG notes Anadromous Waters Catalog less than 50% complete

16. Pebble opponents target financial groups to chill investment

17. EPA issues more toxin protections for fish, shellfish

18. NOAA Scientists Fly to the Ends of the Earth to Measure Greenhouse Gases

19. NOAA and FDA to Combine Resources on Seafood Inspection

20. Murkowski Announces Senate Passage of Funding Bill That Includes Resources for Alaska Fisheries Research and Management

21. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces $234 Million to Promote U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports

22. Economic Value of Alaska Waters Stressed by Begich during Oceans Subcommittee Hearing

23. Senate Commerce Hearing Summary - The Future of Ocean Governance: Building Our National Ocean Policy

24. Deadline Dec 2 for NPFMC Science & Statistical Committee nominations

25. NPFMC seeks input on Bering Sea Pollock Chum bycatch measures - by Dec 2.

26. NPFMC posts Items from the October Meeting

27. Rep. Neuman Named to National Sportsmen's Caucus Executive Committee

28. Risk assessment of Alaska oil infrastructure called flawed

29. Chamber: White House attacks are backfiring

30. Alaska Seafood Processors Advisory Council Meeting, Nov. 20, Seattle

31. Alaska DNR Aquatic Farming Public Notice - comment by December 8.

32. 40,000 fish escape Maine farm

33. MMRC: Time Flies When You're Tagging Seals

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

35. NOAA Fisheries includes more rural residents in subsistence halibut fishery

36. NMFS posts Arctic FMP & Amendment 29 to the Crab FMP

37. NOAA Reports Latest Cook Inlet Beluga Population Estimate

38. Coast Guard Arctic Operations: An Overview (PDF - 2 MB):

39. NMFS posts web process for CDQ, Rockfish, Amendment 80 & BSAI Crab xfers

40. NPFMC Groundfish plan team meets Nov 16-20, Seattle

41. NPFMC Rural Community Outreach Committee will meet by teleconference Nov 20

42. NMFS Workshop on seaLandings & 2010 recordkeeping, Seattle Nov 18

43. IPHC 2009 Halibut Landing Report No. 9

44. USCG Kodiak NWR & Glacier Bay Communication site proposals available for public comment

45. Deadline Nov 30 for USDA Rural Dev. Value-Added Producer program

46. NPRB Online Proposal Submission deadline December 4

47. ADF&G posts Bristol Bay reports

48. ASMI Trade Mission to China Stimulates Business

49. Fishermen wanted -  Serve on an ASMI Committee

50. In memory of UFA Lifetime Member Steve Smith - Birder, fisherman's Alaskan dream cost $20

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1. Secretary Seeks Input for Review of Federal Subsistence Program

On October 23, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Salazar announced to the

Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage the initiation of a

Departmental review of the Federal Subsistence Management Program in

Alaska.  The review will focus on how the program is meeting the purposes

and subsistence provisions of the Alaska National Interest Lands

Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA), and how the program is serving rural

subsistence users as envisioned when the program was begun in the early

1990s.


The Alaska Affairs office of the Secretary will lead this review effort.

The Secretary has directed that the review be driven by input from

subsistence users.  Comments and suggestions are welcomed and encouraged

in this review.  In addition to legislative mandates, the review will

include the structures and operations of the Federal Subsistence Board,

the Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils, and budgetary issues.

The Secretary has indicated his desire to complete the review and to

consider recommendations for possible actions in the next several months...



Additional information about the review of the Federal Subsistence

Management Program will be available shortly on the web at

http://www.doi.gov/subsistencereview



Please send any comments or recommendations for consideration in this

review:

By mail:Department of the Interior

Office of the Secretary

1689 C Street, Suite 100

Anchorage, AK 99501

By e-mail:      subsistence@ios.doi.gov



By fax:  (907) 271-4102



Questions?  Contact the Office of the Secretary in Anchorage at (907)

271-5485.



Press release: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/newsrel/r110609a.pdf



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2. Secretary Seeks Federal Subsistence Board Chair

As part of his call for a review of the federal subsistence program, Secretary of the Interior Salazar announced his intention to appoint a Chair of the Federal Subsistence Board. Nominations and applications for this position of Chair of the Federal Subsistence Board are now being solicited and welcomed through December 4, 2009. The appointment is expected to be made in the next several months...

Online at http://www.doi.gov/subsistencereview/



The Federal Office of Subsistence Management press releases are found at http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/news.cfml



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3. USFS & USFWS post proposed changes for Subsistence Board special action process - comment by Jan 12, 2010.

We, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are proposing to amend the regulations that manage take of wildlife and fish in Alaska for subsistence purposes to clarify them. In particular, we want to clarify the Federal Subsistence Board's process of accepting and addressing special action requests, along with the role of the Regional Advisory Councils in the special action process. We would also update public notice requirements to bring them into line with the practices of the digital age and accommodate a new biennial regulatory cycle.

Public meeting: The Federal Subsistence Board will hold a public

meeting on January 12, 2010, to receive comments on this proposed rule.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24653.htm



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4. AFN Resolutions online:

Resolution #01, as well as 08, 09,10,11, 13, 14, 27, 32, 34, 35,and 38 relate to subsistence or fisheries.

The entire document is online at:

http://www.nativefederation.org/documents/2009%20AFN%20CONVENTION%20FINAL%20RESOLUTIONS%20WITH%20FLOOR%20AMENDMENTS.pdf

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(Oct 18) - Subsistence rights expected to headline AFN convention

CONTROL: State or federal management, consultation with users among themes.

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/afn/story/978389.html



UFA's  invitation to AFN to address the UFA Board was declined.

We have common ground nonetheless  on AFN resolution #08 concerning sea otters



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5. Sea otters pose big threat to Southeast fisheries

By Laine Welch | Capital City Weekly

Several things pose dangers to various fisheries in Alaska, but there is one big threat in the Panhandle that is seldom mentioned: sea otters.



Sea otters in Southeast Alaska were hunted almost to extinction by Russian fur traders in the 18th and 19th centuries, and estimates peg the population at just 2,000 in 1911. Sea otters were re-introduced to the region by ADF&G in the 1960s; within a decade their numbers reached 160,000 animals, and otter counts have grown exponentially ever since.

No one knows how many sea otters have set up housekeeping in Southeast or how much shellfish they're feasting upon. Hoyt and Sunny Rice, the local Sea Grant marine advisor, aim to start finding out.



"The first step of our proposed project is to get an estimate of how many otters are in southern Southeast before we can move forward with anything else," Rice said, adding that concerns by fishermen and subsistence users prompted the study.

http://capitalcityweekly.com/stories/090209/bus_488907462.shtml



Sunny Rice will present at UFA's open session at Pacific Marine Expo, 4:30 PM on Thursday, November 19th.



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6. USFWS posts ESA Critical Habitat for Southwest northern sea otters

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating critical habitat for the southwest Alaska Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 15,164 square kilometers (km2) (5,855 square miles (mi2)) fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. All the critical habitat is located in

Alaska.

DATES: This rule becomes effective on November 9, 2009.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24087.htm



& USFWS Southwestern Sea Otter Fact Sheet

http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/seaotters/pdf/fact_sheet_oct2009.pdf



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7. Fisheries managers feel the heat in Bethel

Link: The Tundra Drums

Angry Western Alaska commercial fishermen lashed out at state fishery managers in Bethel on Monday during a meeting of the House Resources Committee, charging that they mismanaged Yukon River king salmon this summer. Fishermen said the state undercounted fish and needlessly restricted fishing, allowing too many kings to swim upriver into Canada's Yukon. Myron Naneng, head of the Association of Village Council Presidents in the Bethel region, said villagers must be involved in helping set fishery rules. "Lower Yukon villages are experiencing economic genocide," he said. State officials acknowledged inaccurate fish counting and promised to do a better job in the future...

http://www.adn.com/3437/story/973430.html



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8. Board of Fisheries summary of actions - Oct 13-14 meeting

-Vince Webster elected chair

-ACR 5 - accepted & scheduled for March 2010 -   SE District 2 Dungeness Crab commercial closure

-ACR 7 -accepted & scheduled for March 2010 - Bering Sea Opilio TAC

ACR 9 -accepted & scheduled for March 2010 - Bering Sea Tanner Crab minimum size



Board generated Proposal A  - accepted & scheduled for Jan 2010 - Revise management triggers in the Yukon Summer Chum Management Plan

Board generated Proposal B  - accepted & scheduled for Jan 2010 - Revise management triggers in the Yukon Fall Chum Management Plan



Escapement Goals and Stocks of Concern: changed Kvichak River sockeye from a "management concern" to a "yield concern".



Salmon Industry Restructuring proposals - additional information needed, to be requested from ADF&G, on #15 (repeal of 32 foot limit in Bristol Bay) and #168 (repeal of 58 foot Seine limit).



Heard reports on extended jurisdiction program, Bering Sea Chinook bycatch measures, sport guide service board & more...



Details are online at

http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetsum/2009-2010/soa-oct-work09.pdf



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9. Nobel Prize Winner Ostrom: Government oversight not only way to solve human problems

...The first woman to win a Nobel economics prize, announced today, emphasizes in her work, for example, how pools of users manage natural resources as common property, such as how lobster fishermen in Maine in the 1920s came together to self-police the industry due to too many of the sea creatures being captured threatened their extinction...

http://www.indystar.com/interstitial.html?ad_cat=local&campaign=ryland&backto=http%3A//www.indystar.com/article/20091012/LOCAL/910120361/



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Pioneering Nobel Prize winner influenced Alaska, resources

The first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics also has bolstered the credibility of Alaskans who worked for decades to instill the concept of public ownership of the state's natural resources.

Elinor Ostrom, 76, and Oliver E. Williamson of the University of California Berkeley shared this year's economics prize, announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Monday.

A political scientist at Indiana University, Ostrom studies the management of common resources, like fish, grazing lands and forests. She shed light on examples around the world -- including Alaska's fisheries -- in which people have worked cooperatively to sustain their resources rather than destroying them.



You can read the full story online at:

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/971399.html?story_link=email_msg



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10. Federal scientists (NOAA): Limit offshore drilling plans

The federal government's top ocean scientists are urging the Interior Department to drastically reduce plans to open the coast to offshore oil and gas drilling, citing threats to marine life and potentially devastating effects of oil spills in Arctic waters...

NOAA says the leasing plan's assessment of the risks of drilling, such as oil spills, is "understated and generally not supported or referenced."



For example, in Alaska's North Aleutian Basin and Chukchi Sea, the agency says it is "very concerned about potential impacts to living marine resources and their habitats, viable commercial and recreational fisheries, and subsistence use of marine resources as a result of future lease sales, exploration, and development."

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-ocean-drilling12-2009oct12,0,2819272.story



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11. Coast Guard bill HR 3619 passes House, includes new safety mandates

Gloucester Daily Times

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved new legislation that includes a number of fishing vessel safety improvements championed by Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank.

The 2010 Coast Guard Reauthorization bill increases funding for the Coast Guard, and enhances its ability to carry out homeland security missions. The bill passed the House on Friday by a vote of 385-11.

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/punews/local_story_299223436.html



To See HR 3619, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ , enter H.R.3619 click to search on Bill Number



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ADN Editorial: Our view: Safer seas

Coast Guard inspections vital

Too many fishermen die on the job. The deaths of five more in the sinking of the Alaska Ranger in the Bering Sea in 2008 drove home that truth once again, and for the fourth time after a fatal accident, the National Transportation Safety Board has said Congress should give the Coast Guard the power to do mandatory inspections of commercial fishing vessels...

http://www.adn.com/opinion/view/story/962645.html



For HR 2652 Vessel Safety legislation by Oberstar, see http://thomas.loc.gov/ , search by bill number.



One thing to keep in mind is that there are over 2,000 commercial fishing vessels registered in Alaska with a length of 20 feet or less, and many of these are in very small communities that are unlikely to host vessel inspection teams.



UFA encourages fishermen to participate in USCG dockside safety inspections, and we support the work of the Fishing Vessel safety Advisory committee and the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association- http://www.amsea.org/ .



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12. Herron Calls for Continued Monitoring & Management of Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim's Declining Salmon Fisheries

(Bethel) - Following on the heels of a pair of recent trips by government officials to the Yukon-Kuskokwim region, Rep. Bob Herron, D-Bethel, is calling for continued monitoring and improvements in the way the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game manages the areas salmon fisheries. Herron hopes to raise public awareness on the issue, which is damaging the region's economy following the ban on commercial fishing in the Yukon earlier this year, and implementation of restrictions on subsistence fishing...

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item-399



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13. State challenges polar bear listing

Parnell: Status threatens resource development along northern coast

ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska is trying to bolster its efforts to overturn the listing of the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Attorney General Dan Sullivan announced Wednesday he has filed a supplement to the state's earlier lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. In it, the state claims the U.S. Department of Interior did not respond to the state's concerns in a timely manner before polar bears were listed last year.

Gov. Sean Parnell, who succeeded Palin upon her resignation last summer, joined Sullivan at the Wednesday news conference in which they said the Endangered Species Act was being used as a way to shut down resource development along Alaska's northern coast.

Parnell said he does not intend to let that happen.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/102209/sta_507750760.shtml



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Polar bear habitat given 'critical' status

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is setting aside 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off its coast as "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/wildlife/story/983238.html



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Comment by December 28 on Polar Bear Critical Habitat

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-25876.htm



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14. Gov. Defends State's Mine Permitting Process

November 6, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today defended the state's system of regulating and permitting mines, saying the misuse of the Endangered Species Act and proposed changes to federal mining laws threaten mineral exploration and development in the state.



In his speech to the annual convention of the Alaska Miners Association, the governor praised the state's rigorous permitting process as a world-class system that protects the environment while providing jobs and services across Alaska.



"Our permitting standards start with many years of environmental baseline data collection," Governor Parnell said. "Dozens of authorizations from state, federal and local agencies are required before a mine can begin operations, and denial of any one of these authorizations along the way can stop the project...

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=5134



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15. ADFG notes Anadromous Waters Catalog less than 50% complete

"The Catalog of Waters Important for the Spawning, Rearing or Migration of Anadromous Fishes and its associated Atlas (the Catalog and Atlas, respectively) currently contain about 16,000 streams, rivers or lakes around the state which have been specified as being important for the spawning, rearing or migration of anadromous fish. Based upon thorough surveys of a few drainages it is believed that this number represents less than 50% of the streams, rivers and lakes actually used by anadromous species. It is estimated that at least an additional 20,000 or more anadromous water bodies have not been identified or specified under AS 16.05.871(a).

The Catalog and Atlas are important because they specify which streams, rivers and lakes are important to anadromous fish species and therefore afforded protection under AS 16.05.871. Water bodies that are not "specified" within the Catalog and Atlas are not afforded that protection...If you would like to request a change to the Catalog and Atlas you can download the nomination form.

ADFG Catalog of Anadromous Waters home page:

http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/SARR/AWC/



ADFG Summary of Habitat Statutes: http://www.habitat.adfg.alaska.gov/regs.php



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16. Pebble opponents target financial groups to chill investment

By Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce

A report released Oct. 29 by opponents to the proposed Pebble copper/gold project in Southwest Alaska and aimed at financial investment groups claims significant legal and political risks would jeopardize the project.

A spokesman for the companies that want to develop the mine discounted the report and says the project is still in its preliminary stages, too early for anyone to draw conclusions about its viability...

http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/110509/loc_19_001.shtml



The Earthworks press release that is the topic of this article is online at:http://www.earthworksaction.org/PR_JewelerMomentum.cfm



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17. EPA issues more toxin protections for fish, shellfish

By Laine Welch, AK Journal of Commerce

Fish and shellfish will soon get more protection from mercury and other toxins in the atmosphere that end up in U.S. waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced in late October that for the first time, it is putting the brakes on fossil fuel emissions from U.S. power plants. About half of the carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the oceans; the resulting off kilter chemistry is beginning to wreak havoc on sea creatures...

The EPA will be required by November 2011 to set controls for coal- and oil-fired power plants; oil is used to generate only a small percentage of U.S. electricity. Companies will have three years to comply after the new regulations go into effect.

Most of the atmospheric pollutants in the North Pacific come from emissions of coal-fired power plants in Asia. That's bad news for Alaska - water samples collected last spring from the Gulf of Alaska showed that acid levels are increasing more quickly and more severely than previously thought. The gulf findings are similar to those seen in the Chukchi and Bering seas...

http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/110509/fis_6_001.shtml



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18. NOAA Scientists Fly to the Ends of the Earth to Measure Greenhouse Gases

November 2, 2009

Broomfield, Colo. - NOAA scientists took off Saturday on the second phase of a mission that, when complete, will provide a detailed view of how carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are distributed globally. Monitoring the increasing levels of greenhouse gases and black carbon aerosols in the atmosphere is crucial to understanding human-caused climate change...

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20091102_hippo.html



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19. NOAA and FDA to Combine Resources on Seafood Inspection

NOAA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled an interagency agreement today to strengthen seafood inspection and improve seafood safety and quality.



The agreement formalizes the working arrangements between NOAA's Fisheries Service Seafood Inspection Program and the FDA to reinforce each agency's efforts through cooperation and information sharing in the inspection of fish, fishery products, and establishments. Inspection agents from both agencies will work together when appropriate, and NOAA will share inspection results with FDA.



"Americans are eating an average of 16 pounds of seafood a year--that's a lot of fish," said Jim Balsiger, acting NOAA assistant administrator for NOAA's Fisheries Service. "This partnership will help ensure that seafood consumers-who spent nearly $70 billion on seafood last year-continue to get safe, healthy seafood through combining our resources with FDA."...

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20091026_seafoodinspect.html



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20. Murkowski Announces Senate Passage of Funding Bill That Includes Resources for Alaska Fisheries Research and Management

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill which includes a number of important projects for Alaska. The bill now goes to a joint House-Senate conference committee to reconcile differences in each chamber's version of the bill.



"This bill provides important resources for fisheries research and management, extended continental shelf mapping and law enforcement," Murkowski said. "I am pleased the Senate recognizes the crucial role that natural resources, especially fisheries, play in Alaska and has provided funding for these priorities."



The bill provides funding for the following items important to Alaska...

• Bering Sea Crab Management and Research - $300,000...

• U.S./Canada Yukon River Salmon Agreement Studies - $500,000...

• Seal and Steller Sea Lions Biological Research - $300,000...

• University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Extended Continental Shelf Mapping - $300,000...

• Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund - $80 million...



Senator Murkowski press release:

http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=ec5b7ad0-4780-42d1-b5b2-3e0b3d54a5e1&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624



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21. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces $234 Million to Promote U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 11, 2009-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 70 U.S. trade organizations received more than $234 million in Fiscal Year 2009 to help promote American food and agricultural products overseas...



Including:

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute $4,667,028

http://www.fas.usda.gov/scriptsw/PressRelease/pressrel_dout.asp?PrNum=0278-09



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22. Economic Value of Alaska Waters Stressed by Begich during Oceans Subcommittee Hearing

Probes Oceans Zoning Effort Considered by Administration

While welcoming increased attention to the health of America's oceans, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today expressed concerns about whether limited federal resources currently used to manage fisheries and other economic activities from the nation's oceans could be at risk from changing national priorities.



Begich raised those concerns and others during a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard on an interim report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force appointed earlier this summer by President Obama. The task force held a hearing in Alaska this summer and issued a preliminary report about possible changes to federal management of the nation's oceans.



"Alaska's oceans provide more than half the nation's seafood landings annually, worth over $4 billion and which drive the economy of our coastal communities from the Southeast panhandle to the Aleutian Islands, but this is not reflected in the interim report," Begich said. "Neither is the fact that our waters support strategic routes of international commerce, attract over a million tourists annually, and that Alaska's outer continental shelf is a potential storehouse of oil and gas to help meet the nation's energy security.



"While I welcome the increased attention to the health of America's oceans, the economic impacts also need to be considered. I'm also concerned that federal dollars currently used to manage fisheries and other ocean resources could be shifted to a new ocean council led by the White House." he said.



http://begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=cf903845-1cf2-4237-a7bc-27e0203927c5&ContentType_id=ef710aa3-7e29-440a-b9de-316ee20df1b5



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23. Senate Commerce Hearing Summary - The Future of Ocean Governance: Building Our National Ocean Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a subcommittee hearing today (11/4) on The Future of Ocean Governance: Building our National Ocean Policy.

http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=69b84995-e485-4592-a4b3-03269e517428&Month=11&Year=2009



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24. Deadline Dec 2 for NPFMC Science & Statistical Committee nominations

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/CallforNominations2010.pdf



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25. NPFMC seeks input on Bering Sea Pollock Chum bycatch measures - by Dec 2.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is Evaluating Measures to Limit Chum Salmon Bycatch in the Bering Sea Pollock Fishery

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/bycatch/chumoutreachflier909.pdf



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26. NPFMC posts Items from the October Meeting

Observer motion

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/observer/Observermotion1009.pdf



GOA Pcod sector allocaton motion

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/pcod/GOAPcodmotion1009.pdf



Research Priorities

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/Research_priorities09.pdf



Rockfish Program Motion

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/groundfish/Rockfish1009motion.pdf



October NEWSLETTER

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/newsletters/NEWS1009.pdf (revised 10/19)



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



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27. Rep. Neuman Named to National Sportsmen's Caucus Executive Committee

(Big Lake) - House Resources Committee Co-Chair Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake/Su Valley, was recently elected to serve on the executive committee of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses. Neuman was elected along with four others to the ten-member panel.



"I'm pleased to be selected by my peers," Neuman said. "Alaska's sports and outdoor heritage are unlike any other in the world and that gives me a unique perspective to bring to the committee. The NASC brings together legislators from the state and federal government to debate policy on hunting, fishing, wildlife management, trapping, state-to-state cooperation, and federal regulations. This is a tremendous opportunity to help inform and direct the committee as we debate more issues important to sportsmen across the U.S."



The full text of this release can be found below:

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=neum20091103-409



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28. Risk assessment of Alaska oil infrastructure called flawed

EXPERTS: Study is too dependent on industry cooperation, panel says.

By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK

A panel of national scientific experts is raising serious concerns about the state-led, $5 million project to evaluate risks posed by Alaska's aging oil and gas infrastructure.

The study, initiated by former Gov. Sarah Palin, was triggered by recent spills, leaks and corrosion on the North Slope, including the 2006 spill that shut down half of Prudhoe Bay for weeks and resulted in multimillion-dollar penalties for BP, the Prudhoe operator.



But the National Academy of Sciences said in a 45-page report circulated Tuesday that the state's study -- as currently designed -- is unlikely to meet its own ambitious goals.



The study, funded by the Legislature in 2007, involves reviewing and ranking oil and gas-related risks along the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline, at the Valdez tanker port and at North Slope and Cook Inlet fields...



As designed, the study would involve sifting through a massive amount of data. Also, it assumes oil and gas "industry cooperation that is neither promised or likely to be forthcoming," the panel's report says...



The report notes that state regulators have not yet secured cooperation from oil and gas producers to provide their data. The state needed that cooperation early on in the project, the report says...

http://www.adn.com/money/industries/oil/story/980882.html



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29. Chamber: White House attacks are backfiring

By: Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen - Politico

October 26, 2009 04:50 AM EST



U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue says a campaign by the White House and its allies to undermine his $200-million-a-year association has largely failed - and actually has helped raise even more money for its pro-business efforts.

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=8E81FADE-18FE-70B2-A8842C9313516AAE



UFA encourages fishing families and businesses to join, participate in, and thereby  influence their local and State Chambers. Please drop by our session with the Alaska and Greater Seattle Chambers, on the afternoon of Nov. 19th at Pacific Marine expo.



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30. Alaska Seafood Processors Advisory Council Meeting, Nov. 20, Seattle

9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M PST

(10 A.M. - 12 A.M. Alaska Time)

Location:  Seafood Products Association, 1600 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144

Or

For more info call in number contact Randy Pfeuffer, Alaska DEC/Food Safety and Sanitation, Anchorage, AK 99501

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31. Alaska DNR Aquatic Farming Public Notice - comment by December 8.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting comments on preliminary best interest findings and decisions (PD) for the 2009 aquatic farm applications and amendments. Ten (10) applications are being reviewed for new aquatic farm proposals plus one amendment for an existing farm site. One (1) new application is proposed in southcentral Alaska within Kachemak Bay just north of Halibut Cove near existing aquatic farm lease sites; eight (8) new applications are being proposed in southeast Alaska plus one (1) amendment is being reviewed in southeast Alaska. One (1) farm site is being proposed south of Yakutat, one (1) south of Kake, and five (5) within bays north of Klawock and south of Edna Bay (Prince of Wales Island) and one (1) new aquatic farm site is being proposed northwest of Ketchikan within the Tatoosh Islands. One (1) aquatic farm amendment is being reviewed for an existing farm site on northwest Tuxekan Island.

http://notes5.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a8925672a0060a91b/561b45ce21185bd589257664006d8fcd?OpenDocument



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32. 40,000 fish escape Maine farm

Gillnetters near Sointula report catching Atlantic salmon

A recovery vessel working for a fish-farming company recovered about 1,100 escaped Atlantic salmon yesterday, and will continue working over the weekend to catch more of the estimated 40,000 escaped fish...

"The response time really troubles me," said Chief Bob Chamberlin of the nearby Kwicksutaineuk-Ah-Kwaw-Ah-Mish band.

"One of the only reasons we found out was because a commercial fishery was going on and they were catching Atlantics."

http://www.timescolonist.com/fish+escape+farm/2141317/story.html#



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33. MMRC: Time Flies When You're Tagging Seals

The field season has now drawn to a close and Consortium research teams returned home. But before they traded the Bering Sea for highways, traffic lights, and of course, data compilation, we caught up with Chad Nordstrom and Brian Battaile to find out how they fared.

http://www.marinemammal.org/2009/fieldseason09b.php



Marine Mammal Research Consortium home page: http://www.marinemammal.org/



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

Thursday 11/12/09 Fishing still #1 as most dangerous job

Wednesday 11/11/09 AK Highliner, Fishermen of the Year contest

Tuesday 11/10/09 Are you smarter than a 5th grader when it comes to AK salmon?

Monday 11/9/09 Fishing grounds give property rights, says UFA

Friday 11/6/09 Pollock livers pack omega 3s, uses for skins

Listen Online at: http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/fishradio.htm

& also see Laine Welch's Fish Factor at http://www.kinyradio.com/fishfactor.html



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35. NOAA Fisheries includes more rural residents in subsistence halibut fishery

NOAA Fisheries has published new regulations, effective December 4, 2009, that mean more residents in remote areas will be able to participate in the subsistence fishery for Pacific halibut in waters in and off Alaska...

Press release: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2009/halibutsubsistence_alert110409.htm



Federal register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-26559.htm



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36. NMFS posts Arctic FMP & Amendment 29 to the Crab FMP

NMFS issues a final rule that implements the Fishery Management Plan for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area (Arctic FMP) and Amendment 29 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (Crab FMP). The Arctic FMP and Amendment 29 to the Crab FMP establish sustainable management of commercial fishing in the Arctic Management Area and move the northern boundary of the Crab FMP out of the Arctic Management Area south to

Bering Strait. This action is necessary to establish a management framework for commercial fishing and to provide consistent management of fish resources in the Arctic Management Area before the potential onset of unregulated commercial fishing in the area...

DATES: Effective December 3, 2009.

Federal Register notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-26452.htm



NOAA Fisheries - Arctic Fisheries home page: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/arctic/



NOAA Press release: Arctic Fishery Management Plan goes into effect December 3

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2009/arctic_alert110309.htm



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37. NOAA Reports Latest Cook Inlet Beluga Population Estimate

The endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population is not showing recovery, according to NOAA Fisheries Service's latest annual survey and estimate. NOAA scientists, analyzing recent population estimates, find a continued trend of gradual population decline...

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2009/cibeluga100609.htm



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38. Coast Guard Arctic Operations: An Overview (PDF - 2 MB):

http://www.uscg.mil/d17/ArcticOverview.pdf



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39. NMFS posts web process for CDQ, Rockfish, Amendment 80 & BSAI Crab xfers

Alaska Community Development Quota Program, Rockfish Program, Amendment

80 Program; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area Crab Rationalization

Program

NMFS issues regulations to provide harvesting cooperatives, crab processing quota share holders, and Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups with the option to make intercooperative transfers, crab individual processing quota transfers, and inter-group transfers through an automated, web-based process...

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-24217.htm



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40. NPFMC Groundfish plan team meets Nov 16-20, Seattle

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's GOA and BS/AI

groundfish plan teams will meet in Seattle, WA. The meetings will be held November 16 20, 2009. The meetings  will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 16, and continue through Friday, November 20.



ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Building 4, Observer Training Room (GOA Plan Team) and Traynor Room (BS/AI Plan Team), Seattle, WA...



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane DiCosimo or Diana Stram, North

Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (907) 271-2809.



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The plan teams will prepare and review the

stock assessments for groundfish fisheries in the BSAI and GOA and

recommend catch specifications for 2010/2011. Agenda posted on website

at: http://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/ .



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



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41. NPFMC Rural Community Outreach Committee will meet by teleconference Nov 20

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's Rural Community Outreach Committee will meet by teleconference, (907) 271-2896.

DATES: The teleconference will be held on November 20, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: North Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (907) 271-2896.

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



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole Kimball, North Pacific Fishery

Management Council; telephone: (907) 271-2809.



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The committee is scheduled to receive updates from staff on several ongoing outreach efforts stemming from committee and Council recommendations. The committee's primary task at this meeting is to provide recommendations toward developing a Bering Sea chum salmon bycatch outreach plan.

The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be

posted at http://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/ .



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42. NMFS Workshop on seaLandings & 2010 recordkeeping, Seattle Nov 18

NMFS, Alaska Region, and the U.S. Coast Guard, North Pacific Fisheries Training Center, will present a workshop on seaLandings, a consolidated electronic means of reporting production of commercial groundfish to multiple management agencies for Federal and State fisheries off the coast of Alaska, and 2010 recordkeeping and reporting

requirements for the Alaska groundfish fisheries and Individual Fishing Quota fisheries.



DATES:  The workshops will be held on November 18, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5

p.m., Pacific Standard Time.



ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Swedish Cultural Center

Seattle, WA, 1920 Dexter Ave. N in the Svea Room on the Main Level.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Patty Britza, 907-586-7376.



Federal Register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27186.htm



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43. IPHC 2009 Halibut Landing Report No. 9

http://www.iphc.washington.edu/halcom/newsrel/2009/nr20091102.htm



IPHC home page: http://www.iphc.washington.edu/halcom/Default.htm



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44. USCG Kodiak NWR & Glacier Bay Communication site proposals available for public comment

JUNEAU, Alaska - The Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service are seeking input on proposals to permit, construct, operate and maintain search and rescue communications facilities in Middle Cape area of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.



This input marks the beginning of the process under the National Environmental Policy Act used to decide whether to issue a Right-of-Way permit and authorize construction.  Such comments will help the agencies to determine what issues will be addressed in an Environmental Assessment...

The agencies have sent out letters inviting any comments, issues and concerns that interested parties might have.  Comments may be sent to William Freeland, Environmental Protection Specialist with Rescue 21 PRO Alaska, 100 Savikko Rd., Douglas, AK 99824...

Comments may be posted concerning Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkId=12&projectId=26546&documentID=30163.  People interested in receiving further information on this and other projects may request to be place on a mailing list...

USCG Notice: http://www.uscgalaska.com/go/doc/780/392519/



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45. Deadline Nov 30 for USDA Rural Dev. Value-Added Producer program

& USDA corrects dates in Value-Added Producer program

(NOFA) on September 1, 2009 stating an anticipated award date of

January 7, 2010 for Value-Added Producer Grants. Due to the delay in

publication of the NOFA in the Federal Register, this award date does

not allow sufficient time for scoring and processing applications.

Therefore the anticipated award date is May 3, 2010...

(Deadline still Nov. 30)

Federal Register Notice http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-23939.htm



Value-added producer Grants program home page:

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm



In Alaska contact USDA Rural development office at (907) 761-7705



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46. NPRB Online Proposal Submission deadline December 4

Online proposal submission is now available for respondents to the 2010 RFP. Proposal deadline is Friday, December 4, 2009, at 4:00 pm Alaska Standard Time.



Also  - See opportunity to suggest a research priority for the 2011 RFP - on the NPRB home page at: http://www.nprb.org/



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47. ADF&G posts Bristol Bay reports

New reports are posted:

-Review of Salmon Escapement Goals in Bristol Bay, Alaska, 2009.

-Overview of the Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery 2007 2009, a Report to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

-Summary of Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Harvests by Gear Type, 2007-2009.

-Kvichak River Sockeye Salmon Stock Status and Action Plan, 2009; a Report to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

-Overview of the Togiak District Herring Sac Roe and Spawn on-Kelp Fisheries of Bristol Bay, Alaska, 2009; a Report to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

-Salmon Spawning Ground Surveys in the Bristol Bay Area, Alaska, 2008

And more all online at http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/geninfo/pubs/pubs_recent.php



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48. ASMI Trade Mission to China Stimulates Business

World's Third Largest Market Warms Up To Alaska Seafood:

NOVEMBER 12, 2009. JUNEAU, ALASKA. Stimulating the demand for Alaska's seafood exports and setting the stage for business transactions were top priorities of a week-long trade mission to China conducted by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). "China is obviously thriving amidst a global downturn," observed Joe Jacobson, director of ASMI's international marketing program. "China's rapidly growing middle class is willing to spend something extra for high quality, safe imported food."



Members of the Alaska seafood industry met in early November with members of the seafood trade from each major region of China, and participated in the 2009 China Seafood and Fisheries Expo, where ASMI's exhibit was a beehive of activity.



ASMI Press releases are posted at http://pressroom.alaskaseafood.org/



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49. Fishermen wanted -  Serve on an ASMI Committee

There are vacancies on ASMI committees. If you are interested in serving on an ASMI committee please send a letter of interest and a resume to the ASMI Executive Director Ray Riutta and to his assistant Lynn Coffee at these addresses: rriutta@alaskaseafood.org and lcoffee@alaskaseafood.org.

Operational Committees:

  • Foodservice Marketing Committee
  • International Marketing Committee
  • Retail Marketing Committee
  • Seafood Technical Committee
Species Committees:

  • Halibut-Sablefish Committee
  • Salmon Committee
  • Shellfish Committee
  • Whitefish Committee
To find out more about Alaska Seafood and Sustainability visit
http://www.alaskaseafood.org/sustainability/



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50. In memory of UFA Lifetime Member Steve Smith - Birder, fisherman's Alaskan dream cost $20

Cordova resident Steven R. Smith, 71, died Oct. 20, 2009, in Anchorage, while engaged in one of his favorite pastimes: watching the baseball playoffs on television.Steve was born Aug. 18, 1938, in the small farming community of Annawan, Ill., to Hugo and Irene Smith. The family, augmented by younger siblings Annette, Mark and Joan, made their home in Geneseo, Ill., for most of Steve's school years. He received a bachelor of science in soils and zoology in 1960 from the University of Illinois.



After graduation, Steve and his lifelong friend, Dave Law, came to Alaska. They and a third friend picked up a new Chevy wagon off the assembly line in Detroit and drove it up to Anchorage for Hertz. They got paid $100 by Hertz for the trip, which cost them $160. He was always proud that it cost them $20 each to get to the Alaskan dream!



Steve was a wildlife aficionado and was particularly passionate about birds. He met Pete Isleib, Alaska's leading ornithologist, in the early '60s and they became fast friends, fellow birders and fellow fishermen. Steve started fishing in Cordova in 1962 and, over the years, engaged in almost every kind of commercial fishery in Prince William Sound and later Bristol Bay. He seined herring, ran a herring-roe-on-kelp operation, gillnetted sockeye and silver salmon, seined pink salmon, fished Bristol Bay, pot-fished for Dungeness crab and engaged in more ventures than could be named. When he wasn't fishing, Steve pursued his passion for wildlife and birds. He was an accomplished photographer and made several films on Alaskan wildlife that were part of a lecture tour in the mid-'60s. A film about the bald eagle that he made for BBC in the mid-'70s is considered some of the finest documentary footage taken. Steve hunted, fished and filmed his way around Alaska and the world for almost half a century. A multitalented man, Steve was also an accomplished cook. His hospitality and storytelling were legendary, and friends and family enjoyed wonderful meals and good company at his beautiful home on Eyak Lake.

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/1001911.html





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UFA dues for Alaska commercial fishing permit holders are $150 and we also welcome crew/supporter nonvoting members at $50 per year.

To support UFA see http://www.ufa-fish.org/members.htm



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