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UFA Update September 29 2011

UFA will meet in Homer, October 25-27. Stay tuned at UFA home page for a possible change in meeting room location pending discussion among UFA Board members.



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Contents:

1.  NOAA Fisheries asks fishery council to take another look at halibut plan
2. 4,185 comment on halibut Catch Sharing Plan

3. Begich Statement on Further Review of Halibut Catch Sharing Plan

4. ADN: Move to cut charter bag limit may not help, will hurt for sure

5. Avoid taking sides on halibut issue and stick to the facts

6. Keep halibut catch sharing facts in mind

7. Economic analysis of controversial halibut plan easier said than done

8. NMFS posts 2011 GHL for Charter Halibut areas 2C & 3A

10. AK Journal of Commerce Fish Bytes: A chat with IPHC biologist Gregg Williams

11. 2011 IPHC Interim Meeting Announcement -Nov 30 & Dec 1

12. UAF Study examines availability of seafood to Kenai Peninsula area residents

13. Life In Balance: The Tongass Rainforest and Commercial Salmon Fishing

14. KRSA asks Board of Fisheries to take up king salmon plan

15. Alaska Board of Fisheries proposal & meetings - recent documents

16. AK- Senate Resources to hear public comment on SB24 - Sport Fishing Guiding Services  

17. NPFMC agenda for Dutch Harbor, Sept 26 - Oct 4 (Salmon FMP & more)

18. ACLs in the Northeast bring accountability measures to recreational sector

19. Senator Murkowski: Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Formation of Oceans Caucus

20. Senator Murkowski: "Without Healthy Oceans, We Do Not Have a Healthy Planet"

21. Murkowski: Alaska's Fisheries To Receive "Smart, Targeted" Support

22. Senator Patty Murray: Deficit Reduction: I Want to Hear from You

23. House Resources Hearing on National Ocean Policy - Oct 4

24. NOAA: U.S. domestic seafood landings and values increase in 2010

25. Dr. Jane Lubchenco And Maria Damanaki: Pirates are stealing fish

26. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Passes Coast Guard Reauthorization

27. Trident Seafoods Corp. to Pay $2.5 Million to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations and Spend More Than $30 Million to Upgrade Processing Plants

28. Copper River salmon are a vital resource

29. Ketchikan to host shellfish events in October

30. Homer art exhibit 'Faces of Fishing' brings fishermen together - literally

31. Rhymes of the mariners: Fishermen gather in Kenai to share poetry, inspiration

32. Murkowski Speaks Out About Her Former Fisheries Aide's Federal Violations

33. Former Crew Members Attempted to Turn in Fuglvog

34. Two Subsistence Users wanted for Federal Subsistence Board - Deadline October 31

35. Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils meeting schedule:

36. Interior Secty Salazar honors Subsistence Sharing Network among Partners in Conservation

37. NSF study underway on Social Transitions in Kodiak Fisheries

38. ASMI: Apply now for the Alaska FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Chain of Custody

39. ASMI announce the new in-country representative in Japan

40. ASMI help wanted: Retail /Foodservice Program (Domestic) Marketing Specialist - Seattle

41. DNR: Public Input Sought for Permit Streamlining - ADFG, DNR & DEC

42. Judge sides with state in lawsuit targeting Pebble mine

43. For Healthy, Sustainable Fish: Buy American

44. NOAA Seeks Fisheries Histories from Alaska

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

46. NPRB Report Shares Highlights of 2009-2010

47. SE Transportation Plan posted for comment, public meetings scheduled

48. Comment by October 12 on Columbia R. Sea Lion take for ESA listed Salmon and Steelhead

49. NOAA releases results of 2011 Bering Sea Groundfish Survey

50. USDA posts Aquaculture statistics

51. Comment Deadline Nov 16 on Waivers of Crew Citizenship Requirements

52. USDA amends Farm-Raised Fish Emergency Assistance Program

53. EPA report: Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change; Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments

54. NPFMC Crab Industry Advisory Meeting Oct 13 - Seattle (Unalaska & Kodiak by Tele)

55. Alaska Seafood Logo Decals - Vessel Size -available free from ASMI

56. FISHSAFE.INFO - - Schedule Your FREE 'No Fault' Commercial  Fishing Vessel Dockside Safety Exam Today

57. 2011 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Catches - Blue Sheet updated 9/16



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



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

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

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



AJC Andrew Jensen: NMFS asks for more input on halibut plan

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



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2. 4,185 comment on halibut Catch Sharing Plan

With the comment period ended on Sept. 21 for the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan, 4,185 replies have been received by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. The comments include electronic, fax and postal submissions, said Julie Speegle, a public affairs officer for NOAA Fisheries, Alaska...

Comments can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;rpp=10;po=0;D=NOAA-NMFS-2011-0180 .



Homer News:

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



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3. Begich Statement on Further Review of Halibut Catch Sharing Plan

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement after NOAA Fisheries announced a delay in the implementation of a halibut catch sharing plan in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska:

"Announcement of a delay in the implementation of the halibut catch sharing plan will please some Alaskans and disappoint others but in the end there's a lot more work to be done on this longstanding, divisive issue and some tough decisions to be made in the interim...

http://begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=f7ac47a3-9e6e-4ca1-9afb-d5deb95d6cbf



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4. ADN: Move to cut charter bag limit may not help, will hurt for sure

http://www.adn.com/2011/09/17/2073871/our-view-move-to-cut-charter-bag.html



5. Avoid taking sides on halibut issue and stick to the facts

ADN Letter to the Editor by Rhonda Hubbard

http://www.adn.com/2011/09/20/2079375/avoid-taking-sides-on-halibut.html



6. Keep halibut catch sharing facts in mind

ADN Compass by Brent Western

http://www.adn.com/2011/09/19/2077540/keep-halibut-catch-sharing-facts.html



7. Economic analysis of controversial halibut plan easier said than done

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



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8. NMFS posts 2011 GHL for Charter Halibut areas 2C & 3A

Pacific Halibut Fishery; Guideline Harvest Levels for the Guided Sport Fishery for Pacific Halibut in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A



SUMMARY: NMFS provides notice of the 2011 Pacific halibut guideline harvest levels (GHLs) for the guided sport fishery in International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska). This notice is necessary to meet the regulatory requirement to publish notice announcing the GHLs

and to inform the public about the 2011 GHLs for the guided sport fishery for halibut. The GHLs are benchmark harvest levels for participants in the guided sport fishery. The 2011 GHLs remain the same as the 2010 GHLs; the Area 2C GHL is 788,000 lbs (357.4 mt); and the Area 3A GHL is 3,650,000 lbs (1,655.6 mt).

...The GHLs are effective February 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011...

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-02/html/2011-22585.htm



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10. AK Journal of Commerce Fish Bytes: A chat with IPHC biologist Gregg Williams

http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/September-2011/Fish-Bytes/



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11. 2011 IPHC Interim Meeting Announcement -Nov 30 & Dec 1

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



On Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 P.M. (PST), there will be a webcast briefing on the stock assessment and staff's preliminary recommended catch limits for 2012. The webcast is open to the public...

There will be a public webcast presentation on 2011 research projects and proposed projects for the future on Thursday, December 1, from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. (PST)...



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



IPHC news release:

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



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12. UAF Study examines availability of seafood to Kenai Peninsula area residents

Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Do you eat fish? If you do, where do you get it? Do you get it as often as you want to? Can you afford it?

Soon, if they haven't already, 1,500 Kenai Peninsula residences will receive a post card from the University of Alaska Fairbanks asking them to answer six questions like these as part of a new study about food security on the Kenai Peninsula...

She said that with the abundance of food resources available on the peninsula, the idea that some residents can't access enough good food might seem strange.

But it seems to be true. From interviews conducted around the region last month, Harrison said need is up at area food pantries and a number of barriers prevent people from benefiting from local foods.

"It makes no difference if a fish is here, but if it's like $20 a pound nobody can afford it, it might as well not be here," Harrison said, also pointing out that a person can't buy a locally caught fish at a grocery store in Homer.

http://www.homernews.com/stories/092811/news_seaos.shtml#.ToTjp1muPBI



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13. Life In Balance: The Tongass Rainforest and Commercial Salmon Fishing

Video Online, featuring Salmon in the Trees Author Amy Gullick, thanks to Marine Conservation Alliance

http://www.youtube.com/user/AbundantOceans#p/u/6/htb0J0SWlY8



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



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



And if you plan to be in Juneau:

The "Salmon in the Trees" exhibit will be on display until Oct. 27. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (350 Whittier Street)

http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/092111/new_888596315.shtml



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14. KRSA asks Board of Fisheries to take up king salmon plan

By Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce

Kenai River Sportfishing Association is asking the Board of Fisheries to take up king salmon management outside the normal cycle in response to a late-run return that might have fallen below the lower end of escapement goals.



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



The Upper Cook Inlet board cycle had its three-year meeting this past March, and for it to take up the Kenai River king management it would have to accept an ACR to consider it at an upcoming meeting.

http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/October-2011/Kenai-River-anglers-ask-board-to-take-up-king-salmon-plan/



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15. Alaska Board of Fisheries proposal & meetings - recent documents

·  Corrections to Board of Fisheries Proposal 215 (PDF 108 kB)

·  Notice of Proposed Changes In The Regulations of The Alaska Board of Fisheries (PDF 18 kB)

·  Corrections to Board of Fisheries Proposals 107, 109, 111 and 112 (PDF 7 kB)

·  ACRs for Board of Fisheries Worksession (PDF 240 kB)

·  Corrections to Board of Fisheries Proposals 289 and 298 (PDF 68 kB)

·  Board of Fisheries 2011-2012 Proposal Book (PDF 1,991 kB)

·  Board of Fisheries 2011-2012 Meeting Schedule (PDF 53 kB)

All these and more can be found at:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=process.main



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16. AK- Senate Resources to hear public comment on SB24 - Sport Fishing Guiding Services

Oct 10 Monday 9:00 AM Anchorage LIO Conference Room, and by teleconference from LIOs.

The public testimony schedule will be as follows: 

9:00-10:15 am Southeast LIOs  

10:30am-12:00pm Kenai Peninsula LIOs  

1:30-3:00pm Anch/Mat-Su, Glenallen & Valdez LIOs  

3:00-4:00pm Fairbanks, Tok & Delta Junction LIOs  

4:00-5:00pm Kodiak/Western AK LIOs 



For SB 24 Bill tracking and text see:

http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?session=27&bill=SB24



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17. NPFMC agenda for Dutch Harbor, Sept 26 - Oct 4 (Salmon FMP & more)

The Council's Agenda for the September/October meeting in Dutch Harbor is online at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/Agendas/1011agenda.pdf



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



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18. ACLs in the Northeast bring accountability measures to recreational sector

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures; Final Rule



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



In today's federal register:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-29/html/2011-24511.htm



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19. Senator Murkowski: Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Formation of Oceans Caucus

Washington, DC - With our oceans and coastal resources, and the economies and jobs they support, facing constant and increasingly direct pressure from a variety of sources, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators today met to form a new Senate Oceans Caucus.  The Caucus will work to increase awareness and find common ground in responding to issues facing the oceans and coasts, which support millions of jobs in America and contribute more to the country's GDP than the entire farm sector, grossing more than $230 billion in 2004.

Following today's inaugural meeting, the members announced that U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will serve as Caucus Co-Chairs.  Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), as Chair and Ranking Member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Senate Oceans Caucus to promote effective coordination with the subcommittee.  Other Caucus members are Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Scott Brown (R-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), John Kerry (D-MA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).



Senator Murkowski Press Release:

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



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20. Senator Murkowski: "Without Healthy Oceans, We Do Not Have a Healthy Planet"

Senator Murkowski Launches Bipartisan Oceans Caucus with Co-Chair Senator Whitehouse

http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=67930120-31c0-43a7-8411-2f5e429e8a9c&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624&MonthDisplay=9&YearDisplay=2011



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21. Murkowski: Alaska's Fisheries To Receive "Smart, Targeted" Support

Appropriations Subcommittee Okays Salmon, Fishery Funding Amounts for 2012..

http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=485a1dfb-d0cc-4d71-b7fc-e66f8ae1a07b&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624&MonthDisplay=9&YearDisplay=2011



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22. Senator Patty Murray: Deficit Reduction: I Want to Hear from You

Over the next few months, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will need to find a balanced approach to addressing our debt and deficit, growing our economy, and putting Americans back to work. As Co-Chair of this bipartisan commission, I am working hard to bring members together around a bipartisan plan that works for families in Washington state. But I also know that we have a difficult challenge in front of us and that we need to marshal every idea and resource we can to complete this difficult task. That's why I want to hear from you.

Please go to my comment form where you can submit your new, innovative, and most importantly - practical - approaches that could be implemented by the Joint Select Committee to help move our country in the right direction. At this critical time for our country your involvement is important to ensuring that we can find common ground solutions that work for real families. I look forward to hearing your ideas.

http://murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/deficit-reduction#friends



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23. House Resources Hearing on National Ocean Policy - Oct 4

Full Committee Oversight Hearing on "The President's New National Ocean Policy - A Plan for Further Restrictions on Ocean, Coastal and Inland Activities"

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:00 AM..

For details see:

http://naturalresources.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=261864



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24. NOAA: U.S. domestic seafood landings and values increase in 2010

Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska and New Bedford, Mass. are top fishing ports

U.S. commercial fishermen landed 8.2 billion pounds of seafood in 2010, valued at $4.5 billion, an increase of 200 million pounds and more than $600 million in value over 2009, according to a new report released today by NOAA. This report shows U.S. fishermen, who meet high environmental and safety standards, continue to be competitive in the dynamic, fast-paced global seafood marketplace...

NOAA Press release:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/docs/2011/sep/fus_sept2011.pdf



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



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



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25. Dr. Jane Lubchenco And Maria Damanaki: Pirates are stealing fish

From Saving Seafood.com: http://www.savingseafood.org/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5662&pop=1&page=0&Itemid=156



NOAA: U.S., European Union to strengthen cooperation to combat illegal fishing (9/9/11)

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/docs/2011/sep/07_iuu_fishing_agreement.pdf



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26. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Passes Coast Guard Reauthorization

(Washington D.C., Sep 8 )

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



Congressman Don Young press release (lists more projects beneficial to Alaska):

http://donyoung.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=258920



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27. Trident Seafoods Corp. to Pay $2.5 Million to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations and Spend More Than $30 Million to Upgrade Processing Plants

Settlement to reduce discharges of seafood processing waste by more than 100 million pounds annually

(Seattle | Sept. 28, 2011) "Today's settlement is truly a 'game changer'," said Dennis McLerran, EPA Regional Administrator in Seattle. "Trident is definitely changing course and seriously investing in waste management and increased fish meal plant capacity. We share Trident's view that this settlement will be better for the environment as well as their bottom line. We're establishing a new 'best management practices' yardstick for Alaska's seafood processing industry."



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



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28. Copper River salmon are a vital resource

ADN COMPASS: Other points of view

By BRIAN RUTZER

As cooler weather and shorter days come to Alaska, a beautiful harbinger of fall is making its annual migration back to Cordova streams -- Copper River coho salmon. Together with its king and sockeye cousins, the Copper River run lasts five months, from mid-May through the end of September. I've been fishing the Copper River for 20 years, and, as any fisherman here will tell you, coho season is a wild ride -- unpredictable returns and the potential for big storms can either bring a sweet ending to the season or a chance to pack the net up early. However fishing wraps up this fall, this seasonal economy supports and feeds the hundreds of fishermen, businesses and families in Cordova, throughout Alaska and beyond...

http://www.adn.com/2011/09/16/2072631/copper-river-salmon-are-a-vital.html



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29. Ketchikan to host shellfish events in October

SCOTT BOWLEN, Ketchikan Daily News

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



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



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



On Oct. 27 will be a day-long shellfish aquaculture educational opportunity sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant Aquaculture Program.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Ketchikan-to-host-shellfish-events-in-October-2189666.php



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



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30. Homer art exhibit 'Faces of Fishing' brings fishermen together - literally

http://homernews.com/stories/091411/arts_fofbft.shtml#.TnGOqOz3GWE



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31. Rhymes of the mariners: Fishermen gather in Kenai to share poetry, inspiration

http://juneauempire.com/state/2011-09-19/rhymes-mariners-fishermen-gather-kenai-share-poetry-inspiration#.ToUCW1muPBI



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32. Murkowski Speaks Out About Her Former Fisheries Aide's Federal Violations

By Sean Doogan

Murkowski: "I disagree there's a smoking gun" that Arne Fuglvog's plea is evidence of conspiracy among commercial interests



Sen. Lisa Murkowski also speaks with KTVA's Sean Doogan about halibut fishing restrictions, weighing scientific evidence against political interests and potential effects on Alaska's tourism industry.

Video: http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-feeds/Murkowski-Speaks-Out-About-Her-Former-Fisheries-Aides-Federal-Violations-128973663.html



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33. Former Crew Members Attempted to Turn in Fuglvog

.. Now, former crew members are coming forward saying they tried to turn Fuglvog in to authorities for years, and felt like they were ignored...

APRN Audio:

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/09/26/alaska-news-nightly-september-26-2011/



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



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34. Two Subsistence Users wanted for Federal Subsistence Board - Deadline October 31

...One proposed regulatory change has recently been finalized that would expand the Federal Subsistence Board by adding two public members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with the concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture. This action will afford additional stakeholder input to the Federal Subsistence Board process...

Nominations and applications for the two public member positions on the Federal Subsistence Board are now being solicited and welcomed through October 31, 2011...

The Secretary is seeking public members who have:
•  "Personal knowledge of and direct experience with subsistence uses in rural Alaska" (from the Code of Federal Regulations: 50 CFR 100.10 {76FR56109});
•  Experience with and knowledge of the federal subsistence management program;
•  A commitment to the purposes and goals of the subsistence provisions (Title VIII) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA);
·  An ability to listen to and understand competing views;

•  An ability to make fair and objective decisions on complex biological and allocative issues.

Department of the Interior News Sept 12 - Application Instructions:

http://www.doi.gov/whatwedo/subsistencereview/FSB-public-members.cfm



Related Federal Register Notice:

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



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35. Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils meeting schedule:

Sep. 27-29, 2011           Southeast Alaska Regional Advisory Council - Wrangell  

Sep. 29-30, 2011           Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Regional Advisory Council -TBA  

Oct. 3-4, 2011               Southcentral Alaska Regional Advisory Council - Cantwell  

Oct. 4-5, 2011               Western Interior Alaska Regional Advisory Council -  Aniak  

Oct. 11-13, 2011           Eastern Interior Alaska Regional Advisory Council - Fairbanks  

Oct. 12-13, 2011           Bristol Bay Regional Advisory Council - Dillingham  

Oct. 18-19, 2011           Northwest Arctic Regional Advisory Council - Anchorage  

Oct. 18-19, 2011           North Slope Arctic Regional Advisory Council - Anchorage  

Jan. 17-19, 2012            Federal Subsistence Board to Meet in Anchorage   



Federal Subsistence Board meeting and deadlines page:

http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/deadline.cfml



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36. Interior Secty Salazar honors Subsistence Sharing Network among Partners in Conservation

... "Exemplifying best practices for sustainable resource management within the Department of the Interior, the Subsistence Sharing Network is working to quantify the traditional values of cooperative and reciprocal relationships among Alaska Native people. Through their studies, the network is setting new professional standards for how social science projects could be conducted on the North Slope to achieve broad community support and participation, with responsible dissemination of research results.

Nominated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement



UAF School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences blog item:

http://snras.blogspot.com/2011/09/snras-project-receives-national.html



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



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



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37. NSF study underway on Social Transitions in Kodiak Fisheries

From Kodiak Representative Alan Austerman:

"Recently our staff was in touch with Dr. Courtney Carothers, who does anthropological research on fisheries and communities. She gave us a heads-up on a research project currently underway in Kodiak. It sounds like an interesting project..."

http://www.alanausterman.com/?p=1808



Thanks to Representative Austerman



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38. ASMI: Apply now for the Alaska FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Chain of Custody

THE ALASKA SEAFOOD MARKETING INSTITUTE IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE ALASKA FAO-BASED RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT (RFM) CHAIN OF CUSTODY

The Chain of Custody Standard ensures that only Alaska Seafood products bearing a statement "sourced from a certified Alaska fishery" can make this claim. It will give confidence to all buyers of the seafood that it can be traced back through the supply chain to the certified fishery that was certified as part of the Alaska FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Program

http://sustainability.alaskaseafood.org/chain-of-custody-2



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



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39. ASMI announce the new in-country representative in Japan

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

http://pressroom.alaskaseafood.org/new/



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40. ASMI help wanted: Retail /Foodservice Program (Domestic) Marketing Specialist - Seattle

Application deadline October 7 - for job description see:

http://pressroom.alaskaseafood.org/careers-2/



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41. DNR: Public Input Sought for Permit Streamlining - ADFG, DNR & DEC

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



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



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



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



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



DNR press release:

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



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42. Judge sides with state in lawsuit targeting Pebble mine

APPEAL POSSIBLE: Notice not required for exploratory permits.

By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press, September 28th



JUNEAU -- A Superior Court judge in Anchorage has sided with the state in a legal battle over the Pebble mine project.

Judge Eric Aarseth, in a written ruling Monday, found that the state was not required to give public notice before issuing exploratory permits for the project site. He also found the state didn't need to study the potential impacts of the activity first...

http://www.adn.com/2011/09/27/2091876/judge-sides-with-state-in-pebble.html



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43. For Healthy, Sustainable Fish: Buy American

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



American Progress - Fish on Fridays column by Michael Conathan

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/09/fof_090911.html



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44. NOAA Seeks Fisheries Histories from Alaska

By Daysha Eaton, KDLG - Dillingham | September 20, 2011

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for Oral history submissions from Alaska.    It's for their project, 'Voices From The Fisheries'.    NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service started the project back in 2007, but stories from Alaska have been slow to come in...

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/09/20/noaa-seeks-fisheries-histories-from-alaska/



Voices of the Fisheries project page - How to participate:

http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/voicesfromthefisheries/how_to_participate.html



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

9/29/11 King crab a go in Southeast New voice for AK Bering Sea crab industry

9/28/11 Fish stories wanted from Alaska

9/27/11 Survey results, bycatch report, friendly Trident, Yardarm Knot sale

9/26/11 Fish updates - king crab, dive fisheries, etc

9/23/11Chilean farmed salmon coming back on line

6/3/11 Bycatch to food banks program expands to Gulf of AK‏‏‏

All are online at http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/?page_id=846



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46. NPRB Report Shares Highlights of 2009-2010

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



A PDF of the full report is available here:

http://www.nprb.org/documents/NPRB2009-10Report_final_web.pdf



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



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47. SE Transportation Plan posted for comment, public meetings scheduled

Info and meeting schedule is online at: http://dot.alaska.gov/sereg/projects/satp/index.shtml



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48. Comment by October 12 on Columbia R. Sea Lion take for ESA listed Salmon and Steelhead

NMFS received an application under section 120 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) from the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington (states) requesting authorization to intentionally take, by lethal methods, individually identifiable California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) that prey on Pacific salmon and steelhead (Onchorhyncus spp.) listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon. This authorization is requested as part of a larger effort to protect and recover listed salmonid stocks in the river. Pursuant to the MMPA, NMFS has determined that the application contains sufficient information to warrant convening a Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task

Force (Task Force), which will occur after the close of the public comment period. NMFS solicits comments on the application and other relevant information related to pinniped predation at Bonneville Dam.

DATES: Comments and information must be received by October 12, 2011.

Federal Register Notice:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-12/html/2011-23266.htm



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



Humane Society Bonneville Dams Sea Lions Under Siege:

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/fisheries/timelines/bonneville_dam_sea_lions_under_siege.html



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49. NOAA releases results of 2011 Bering Sea Groundfish Survey

How much fish and crab can be sustainably caught by fishers in the Bering Sea next year?

The annual process to set total allowable catch levels for various groundfish and crab species in the Bering Sea took a big step forward this week, when NOAA scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center completed calculating the initial biomass estimates from the 2011 eastern Bering Sea survey...

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2011/beringsurvey092211.pdf



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50. USDA posts Aquaculture statistics

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



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51. Comment Deadline Nov 16 on Waivers of Crew Citizenship Requirements

The Coast Guard proposes to add to its regulations a description of the procedures for requesting and processing waivers of citizenship requirements on commercial fishing vessels. The Coast Guard aims to improve its efforts to inform the commercial fishing industry of this opportunity by publishing the application procedure policy into

the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).



DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before November 16, 2011 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. Comments sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the collection of information must reach OMB on or before November 16, 2011...

Federal Register Notice Aug 18:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-18/html/2011-21024.htm

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Correction to above - see corrected RIN #

In the Federal Register of August 18, 2011, in FR Vol. 76, No. 160, on page 51317, in the first column, correct the RIN to read: RIN 1625-AB61.

Federal Register Correction posted Sept 14:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-20/html/2011-24055.htm



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52. USDA amends Farm-Raised Fish Emergency Assistance Program

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has issued a Final Rule for amendments and corrections to the regulations for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

Federal Register Notice:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-31/html/2011-22323.htm

USDA Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program - Farm-Raised Fish Assistance - program home page:

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=pfs&newstype=prfactsheet&type=detail&item=pf_20100401_distr_en_fish10.html



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53. EPA report: Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change; Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments

EPA is releasing a final report entitled, Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments, (EPA/600/R-11/011F). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development.

This report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems across the United States to the potential impacts of global change...

Federal Register Notice:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-06/html/2011-22669.htm



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



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54. NPFMC Crab Industry Advisory Meeting Oct 13 - Seattle (Unalaska & Kodiak by Tele)

The Pacific Northwest Crab Industry Advisory Committee will meet October 13, 2011 at the Leif Erickson Hall in Ballard, WA. In Alaska, listening sites for the meeting will be located at the Unalaska City Hall and in Kodiak listening site to be announced.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-21/html/2011-24210.htm



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55. Alaska Seafood Logo Decals - Vessel Size -available free from ASMI

AK registered commercial fishing vessels can receive the ALASKA SEAFOOD decal -all they have to do is call the ASMI office at 907-465-5560. ASMI also has banners, flags  for boats that do not have space to stick the decals) bumper stickers, window decals.



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



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57. 2011 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Catches - Blue Sheet updated 9/16

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyfisherysalmon.bluesheet



&  Inseason Alaska Commercial Salmon Summary:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyfisherysalmon.bluesheetsummary



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