The Salmon Task Force meetings and Regional Planning Team (RPT) meetings will be held at the end of the month in Petersburg. The Regional Planning Team meetings address hatchery release permitting and the agenda is listed below. The meetings will be held in the Petersburg Borough Assembly Chambers at the following times:
-Drift Gillnet Task Force meeting is scheduled for November 27, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
-Purse Seine Task Force meeting is scheduled for November 28, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
-Southeast RPT meeting is scheduled for November 29, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The RPT meeting Agenda Action items include:
Northern Southeast Regional Planning Team (NSERPT)
1 – DIPAC permit alteration request (PAR) to increase the Read more...
The McDowell Group released a report on Alaska’s salmon hatcheries. Here are some facts from the report:
-Alaska’s salmon hatcheries created one fourth of the economic value of the state’s total salmon harvest between 2012 and 2016.
-during this period, the average annual harvest is 222 million pounds of hatchery-salmon worth $120 million ex-vessel value.
-In Southeast about 2,000 jobs are related to hatcheries.
-As a percentage of statewide sport-caught fish, hatchery-origin salmon account for 17 percent of sport caught coho, 13 percent of sport caught sockeye, and 8 percent of sport caught Chinook.
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The Sealaska Heritage Institute is planning to offer a sea otter sewing class. The cost is $100, and in return, attendees will receive a sea otter pelt ($350 value) plus instruction on how to stretch and sew the hide into handicrafts which they get to keep. The class is scheduled to be from October 31 to November 3.
Currently, there are 4 people registered for the Petersburg class. The maximum number of participants is 15, but if there are fewer than 10 students enrolled by Friday, Sealaska will cancel the class. Because of Federal regulation, participants will need to be at least 1/4 Alaska Native.
This class will be an excellent opportunity to encourage the use of sea otters. If you would like to support more hunting and use of sea otter fur, please consider getting the word out. Here Read more...
The Forest Service will be holding a public meeting in Petersburg on Tuesday, September 25 from 5:30-8pm in the Assembly Chambers to engage the public on developing an Alaska Roadless Rule to encourage Alaska’s economic development while conserving roadless areas. The flier is here.
Misty Smith with the Alaska Division of Economic Development (DED) will be in Petersburg from September 19-20 and available to talk with fishermen about their loan programs including new loans and extensions of current loans. She is available to meet at the Petersburg Borough Office and you can reach her by call or text at (907)723-2518. Her flier is here.
The Draft Spending Plan for funds appropriated to address the 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon disaster is available for comment until September 7th at 5pm. The full draft plan is here, below is a summary.
Guiding Principles for fund Distribution: disbursement of funds will be prioritized based on the following criteria: 1) funds will be allocated to improve fishery information to better assess and forecast future fishery performance; 2) fishery participants directly involved and harmed by the 2016 pink salmon disaster; 3) funds will be disbursed to positively affect the broadest number of people possible; and 4) address losses to primary business and infrastructure that directly support pink salmon fisheries and that incurred the greatest losses as a result of the disaster.
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The USCG is receiving reports of radio frequency interference caused by LED lamps. Some ships have experienced degradation of VHF receivers, including AIS, caused by LED navigation lights. LED lighting installed need VHF antennas has also shown to compound the reception. The full alert and instructions to test for the presence of LED interference can is here.