2018 IPHC Suggested Catch Limits

From the January 26, 2018 IPHC News Release: The IPHC did not agree on new Pacific halibut catch limits for 2018, and therefore the catch limits adopted by the IPHC in 2017 remain in place. Both Contracting Parties, Canada and the United States of America, indicated their intention to pursue lower catch limits for 2018 via domestic regulatory processes. The IPHC approved a fishing period (season) of 24 March – 7 November 2018 for the Canadian and U.S. quota-share fisheries. The treaty tribal commercial fisheries and the incidental Pacific halibut fisheries in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A will occur within these dates. In IPHC Regulatory Area 2A, seven 10-hour fishing periods for the non-treaty directed commercial fishery are recommended: 27 June, 11 July, 25 July, 8 August, 22 August, Read more...
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Marine Weather Forecasting

The Petersburg Science Series has a guest speaker, Joel Curtis a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, on Wednesday, January 31 at 7pm in the Borough Assembly Chambers. The public is welcome to attend and the flier is here.

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AMSEA Courses in Petersburg

Due to a schedule conflict with the impending crab fishery, AMSEA had to change the date for their upcoming Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Petersburg. Please see the attached revised flyer for the upcoming pair of marine safety workshops. The Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop will now be February 5th from 8am to 6pm and the Fishing Vessel Stability Awareness and Damage Control will now be February 6th from 8am to 2pm. Both classes will be held at the Tides Inn and you can register online at www.amsea.org or by calling (907)747-3287.

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Proposed Oil and Gas Leases in Alaska

The Trump Administration released a draft plan for oil and gas lease sales across Alaska’s coast, including Southeast waters in 2023. Nineteen lease sales are proposed under the plan and Bristol Bay is the only area without a planned lease sale. This is a draft plan that will go through a public comment process. Oil companies would bid on the right to drill if their plans pass federal regulations.

Here is the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program:

Comments on the draft plan can be submitted beginning today until March 9, 2018 at this website

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SEAK Board of Fish Meeting Documents

Meeting documents for the upcoming Southeast and Yakutat Board of Fish meeting can be found here. Shellfish issues are scheduled for Jan. 11-14, followed by Finfish Jan. 15-23. Public testimony will be heard in two parts, one during the Shellfish section and one during the Finfish section.

The meeting will be steamed live and you can listen in here.

Board Support will hold a training course, How To Navigate the Board Process, at 12 noon on the 11th and 15th.

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NMFS Alert to Pacific cod Fishermen

NMFS released this alert to Pacific cod fishermen warning of the 80% decrease in catch limits in the Gulf of Alaska for 2018 and how the cut affects various gear types.

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2018 Black Cod Almanac

View the 2018 Black Cod Almanac is here, and here are some highlights:

-In 2017, 3,322 sablefish, 877 shortspine thornyhead, 9 Greenland turbot were tagged; plus 3 spiny dogfish with pop-off satellite tags. The greatest time at liberty for a tag is 13,568 days or about 39 years. And the greatest distance a tagged sablefish has traveled is 1,544 nm from the tip of the Aleutians to central Southeast Alaska.
-The Gulf of Alaska trawl survey for sablefish was up 79% from 2016
-The 2014 year classes is estimated to be 10 times higher than the long-term average.
-Longline survey locations and dates for 2018 are posted at the end of the Almanac

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