Headline: Highlights from the AEB Winter Fisheries Teleconference Meeting
– Council Adopts 2014 TACs for Groundfish in BSAI and GOA
– Recent & Upcoming Fish Meetings
Here is the newest Fish News for the Aleutians East Borough!
Here’s the latest edition of Fish News, containing a reminder and information about the upcoming Alaska Board of Fisheries April 9th deadline for proposals, which includes those for commercial P. cod provisions for all areas of the state.
ADF&G Salmon Forecasts for 2013
By Ernie Weiss, AEB Natural Resources Director
According to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G), the 2013 estimated forecast for the South Alaska Peninsula pink salmon total run is 7.3 million fish, and the harvest is expected to be 5.7 million. ADF&G considers that to be an average harvest. A harvest of less than 5 million pink salmon for the region is considered weak or poor, and 5 to 7.2 million is considered average. More than 7.2 million is a strong run, and a harvest of greater than 9.3 million pinks is described as excellent.
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25th- Eagles Land back @ Home
25th/26th- Jr. High & H.S. State Battle of the Books
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January GOA Fisheries:
BSAI Crab ROFR:
Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition:
ADF&G Releases SEDM Sockeye Salmon Commercial Harvest Genetic Stock Composition Publication
Calendar of Events:
Jan. 15 – 20: AK Board of Fisheries Takes up AYK Issues
Jan. 21 – 25: Alaska Marine Science Symposium
Feb. 4 – 12: North Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting in Portland, OR
Feb. 20 – 22: SWAMC – Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference
Feb. 26 – March 4: AK Board of Fisheries Focuses on AP/AI Finfish Issues.
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Oct. 10, 2012
Area M P.cod Issues To Be Addressed at BOF Oct. 2013 Meeting;
Summary of Today’s Votes at Board of Fisheries Work Session – ACRs
The latest news from the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) today: the Board has decided to address all the Area M Pacific cod issues at a statewide P. cod meeting October 2013. That means that the meeting scheduled for Feb. 26 – March 3, 2013 will address salmon issues only.
A presentation from WASSIP is scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Egan Center in Anchorage. (The Board proceedings are available online, however, there have been technical difficulties during the last couple of days. The Board is trying to correct these problems.)
The Board voted on several ACRs (Agenda Change Requests) for the Westward Region Commercial Fisheries this afternoon. The Board votes were as follows:
ACR 5 – No Action – (Resulted in a board generated proposal. Will be voted on at BOF meeting Feb. 26 – March 3, 2013) Allow commercial salmon seine net depth in the Alaska Peninsula Area to be measured in feet and inches which would allow additional webbing to be attached beyond the current restriction of 350 meshes of 3.5 inches and 25 meshes at 7 inches. (5 AAC 09.332) Proposed by Corey Wilson, Justin Wilson and Alvin Newman.
ACR 2 – Passed – Change the weather delay criteria for opening the Chignik District Tanner crab fishery from small craft advisory to gale force wind warning. (5 AAC 35.510(b)(2))
ACR 12 – Passed – Change the weather delay criteria for opening the Chignik District Tanner crab fishery from small craft advisory to gale force wind warning. (5 AAC 35.510(b)(2))
ACR 7 – Passed – Change the vessel size limit for the Registration Area O (Aleutian Islands Area) red king crab fishery, in state waters from 172 degrees W. long. to 179 degrees W. long., from 90 feet or less in overall length to less than 60 feet in overall length. (5 AAC 34.610(d))
ACR 8 – Passed – Establish a pot limit of 10 pots per vessel fishing for red king crab near Adak Island in Registration Area O (Aleutian Islands Area). (5 AAC 34.625(x))
ACR 13 – Failed – Remove super exclusive and exclusive vessel registration for state-waters Pacific cod fisheries in the Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, Kodiak, Chignik and South Alaska Peninsula management areas. (5 AAC 28.267; 5 AAC 28.367; 5 AAC 28.467; 5 AAC 28.537; 6 AAC 28.577)
ACR 15 – No Action – Change the Board of Fisheries’ meeting schedule to move Pacific cod issues in the Alaska Peninsula – Aleutian Islands areas so as not to conflict with the commercial fisheries. (5 AAC 96.600)
ACR 16 – Failed – Change the opening date of the commercial Tanner crab season in the South Peninsula District of Registration Area J (Westward) from January 15 to January 3. (5 AAC 35.510©(1))