Public Hearing on Humpback Whale Critical Habitat in Petersburg 1.6.2019

There will be a public hearing held by NOAA concerning the Humpback Whale critical habitat designation in Petersburg from 4pm-7pm January 6th, in the Petersburg Borough Assembly Chambers. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation by NOAA Fisheries giving an overview of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act and an opportunity for the public to provide oral comments on the record regarding the proposed designation. We strongly encourage you to attend the meeting and provide comments. If you are uncomfortable with public speaking, please attend the public hearing and submit written comments here.  To date, NOAA has heard strong support for the critical habitat designation from NGOs. It is important they hear from commercial fishermen who may be affected by this Read more...
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Meeting

There will be a public meeting with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), tomorrow, December 3rd at 3:00pm in the Assembly Chambers regarding the South Harbor Dredge Project. The Project Partnership Agreement will be reviewed and there will be time for questions and answers.

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Southeast Sea Otter Stakeholder

The Southeast Sea Otter Stakeholder Meeting is being held in Juneau tomorrow, November 6th, from 8:30am-5:00pm at the Lecture Hall at the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum. You can attend in person, or stream the meeting live. In response to concerns expressed by numerous groups about the growth and health of the Southeast sea otter population, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is leading an effort to organize and hold a Southeast Sea Otter Stakeholders Meeting. The intent is to bring together organizations and individuals from across southeast Alaska and other parts of the state to review the latest science and research about sea otters and—with the guidance of a professional facilitator—to discuss potential approaches to mitigating and/or resolving resource conflicts. Read more...
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2020 Young Fishermen’s Summit

The Young Fishermen’s Summit will be held January 21-23 in Juneau Alaska. The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit builds leadership and networking capacity in the Alaska commercial fishing industry during three days of intensive training. The fast-paced program features industry leaders in fishing business management, the fisheries management process, and the role of Alaska seafood in the global marketplace. The summit is also timed to take advantage of the start of the Alaska Legislature regular session in Juneau.   Early registration fee through Friday, January 7, 2020 is $150 and late registration fee is $175 afterwards. Here is more information. Read more...
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Presentation on Humpbacks Foraging near Hidden Falls

Today, at 1pm Madison Koma, a Masters student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will be presenting on her findings of foraging humpback whales near Hidden Falls hatchery. You can watch her presentation from this link: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/822403929   Recent increases in the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) population have generated considerable interest in understanding the foraging habits of these large marine predators in the Gulf of Alaska. Globally, humpback whales are classified as generalist predators, but are known to exhibit localized differences in diet. Intensified predation pressure is of particular concern to resource managers, who have observed whales feeding at juvenile hatchery salmon release sites in Southeast Alaska. We assessed the diets and Read more...
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Southeast Alaska Regional Planning Team, Purse Seine Task Force, and Drift Gillnet Task Force Meeting Schudle

Petersburg. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the following information about the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine and Drift Gillnet Task Force meetings and the Southeast Regional Planning Team (RPT) meeting. The department holds annual meetings each year between fishery managers, researchers, aquaculture organizations, fishermen, gear group organizations, processing company representatives, and any other interested parties to review the previous salmon season, discuss topics of importance for management of the fisheries, and plan for the following season. Task force meetings have rotated between communities to provide increased access and participation. At the request of participants, task force meetings will be held in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Read more...
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This Marine Safety Information Bulletin from the USCG as a reminder that the Tongass Narrows is a 7 knot speed zone. Fees for violations begin at $1,000 for the 1st offense and a map of the zone is included.

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