Due to the government shutdown, SEAK Purse Seine Buyback Ballots have not been mailed. They were meant to be received by permit holders and returned to NMFS between January 15-February 15th.
The King/Tanner Task Force Meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday the 13th from 1:00pm-4:30pm. The meeting will be hosted at the ADF&G Southeast Regional office in Douglas and connected via web conferencing at the Tides Inn Conference Room, 307 1st Street in Petersburg.
If you cannot make the meeting in person and would like to call in, please use 1-800-315-6338 with access code: 51977.
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.
-Here’s more Read more...
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...