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LATEST NEWS
Last updated 02/27/2014

News Updates:

NMFS 2014 Quotas Halibut & Black Cod.  

See the numbers 

 

IPHC News Release 2013 Staff Recommendations  

For the latest news on the IPHC 2013 staff recommendations please read the pdf version of their news release

 

December 2012 NPFMC Newsletter  

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their latest meeting.

 

October 2012 NPFMC Newsletter  

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their latest meeting.

 

08/30/12

IPHC 2012 Halibut Landing Report #6

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #6

 

June 2012 NPFMC Newsletter  

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their latest meeting.

 

06/12/12

IPHC 2012 Halibut Landing Report #3

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #3

 

06/04/12

IPHC 2012 Halibut Landing Report #2

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #2

 

April 2012 NPFMC Newsletter  

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their latest meeting.

 

February 2012 NPFMC Newsletter  

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their latest meeting.

 

December 2011 NPFMC Newsletter  

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their latest meeting.

 

12/02/11

IPHC New Release 2012 Halibut Staff Recommendations

Read this for the latest News Release from the IPHC on the 2012 Halibut Staff Recommendations

 

12/02/11

IPHC 2011 Halibut Landing Report #10

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #10

 

10/2011

October 2011 NPFMC Newsletter October 2011 NPFMC Newsletter October 2011 NPFMC Newsletter October 2011 NPFMC Newsletter October 2011 NPFMC Newsletter October 2011 NPFMC Newsletter 2011 NPFMC Newsletter  

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their latest meeting: Observer Restructuring; Area 2C/3A Halibut Catch Share Plan.

 

09/06/11

PFMC Groundfish Meetings 

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has 2 groundfish management meetings scheduled in the near future. The first to be held September 26-30 and the next October 3-7, 2011 both in Seattle. Please read the meeting notices here

 

08/16/11

IPHC 2011 Halibut Landing Report #8

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #8

 

07/22/11

Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pacific Halibut Fisheries;
Catch Share Plan for Guided Sport and
Commercial Fisheries of Alaska

This is NMFS proposed rule that would implement a catch sharing plan in waters of IPHC Regulatory Areas 2C (SE AK) and 3A (CG AK). If approved this this plan will change the annual process of allocating halibut between the guided sport and commercial fisheries in these areas. Comment period ends September 21, 2011 Federal Register Proposed Rule

 

07/20/11

IPHC 2011 Halibut Landing Report #6

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #6

 

07/06/11

IPHC 2011 Halibut Landing Report #4

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #4

 

06/15/11

IPHC 2011 Halibut Landing Report #3

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #3

 

05/19/11

IPHC 2011 Halibut Landing Report #2

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #2

 

04/18/11

IPHC 2011 Halibut Landing Report #1

The landing report can be read here. Landing Report #1

 

01/31/11

IPHC Annual Meeting Report

The annual meeting notes and 2011 catch limits can be read here.

 

10/26/10

IPHC 2010 Halibut Landing Report #9

The 2010 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 6 and closes November 15, 2010. Landing Report #9

 

 

10/22/10

October 12, 2010 PFMC Meeting Notice

For the latest news News Release.

 

10/22/10

October 7, 2010 IPHC News Release

For the latest news from the News Release. It will fill you in on the

 

10/20/10

Observer Restructuring

Final Action was taken at the October meeting of the NPFMC. You can find the Observer article by reading the pdf version of their newsletter. You can also read the full motion here.

 

10/15/10

IPHC 2010 Halibut Landing Report #8

The 2010 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 6 and closes November 15, 2010. Landing Report #8

 

10/20/10

October 2010 NPFMC Newsletter

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their

 

10/05/10

Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010

The Congress has put into enrolled bill form the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 3619). This is the final version, incorporating the last-minute Senate amendment. It will now be sent to the White House for signature into law by President Obama. (9/30/10).

 

09/08/10

October 2010 NPFMC Agenda

For the latest draft agenda for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council October 2010 meeting please read the pdf version of their agenda. The next meeting is October 4-12, 2010 in Anchorage at Hotel Captain Cook.

 

8/05/10

Stellar Sea Lion EA

For the latest revisions to the Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures for the Aleutian Islands Atka Mackerel and Pacific Cod Fisheries Council Review Draft Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review please read the document.

 

07/23/10

August 2010 NPFMC Agenda

or the latest revised agenda for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council August 2010 meeting please read the pdf version of their agenda. The next meeting is August 18-19, 2010 in Anchorage at Hotel Captain Cook.

 

7/19/10

IPHC 2010 Halibut Landing Report #6

The 2010 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 6. Landing Report #6

 

7/9/10

Alaska Fishermen's Fund Benefits Increased to $10,000

The State of Alaska has amended the Alaska Fishermen's Fund to increase benefits up to $10,000 for crewmen injured on shore or in Alaska State Waters. The previous limit was $2,500. The Fund is funded through Alaska crewmen licenses and permits. It is considered an emergency resource and is designed to protect those who do not have insurance available through other resources such as vessel Protection and Indemnity policy. An employer of a crewman is obligated, in most all cases, to pay maintenance and cure benefits under Federal Maritime law. Injured crewmen who are being advised by their employers or vessel owners to make claims to the Alaska Fishermen's Fund are advised to contact an experienced maritime injury lawyer to discuss their legal rights and their employer's obligations.

7/1/10

NTSB RELEASES 2009 Annual Report to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC-The National Transportation Safety Board today delivered its 2009 Annual Report to Congress, which provides a comprehensive accounting of ongoing and completed investigations, as well as other agency activities. The report also highlights successes for the Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. A copy of the 2009 Annual Report to Congress may be found here.

 

6/24/10

June 2010 NPFMC Newsletter

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their

 

6/16/10

IPHC 2010 Halibut Landing Report #3

The 2010 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 6. Landing Report #3

 

6/17/10

Halibut groundfish observer restructuring
SITKA, ALASKA (2010-06-16) The North Pacific Fishery Management Council wrapped up its June meeting in Sitka on Tuesday (6-15-10). During the meeting, which began June 7, the council advanced a measure to restructure a program that puts human observers on fishing vessels.

Read the full story and hear the audio tape here

 

06/01/10

2011 Fishermen's News Calendar

CALL FOR PHOTOS

Deadline: October

Fishermen's News is fishing for photos for placement in their inaugural calendar. Photo entrants whose work is chosen for use in the calendar will be paid $150 for their submission along with a complimentary one-year subscription to Fishermen's News. Read the Specs. Entries must be received by October 1, 2010.

 

5/19/10

IPHC 2010 Halibut Landing Report #2

The 2010 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 6. Landing Report #2

 

4/16/10

IPHC 2010 Halibut Landing Report #1

 

The 2010 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 6. Read the

 

June 2010 NPFMC Agenda

 

For the latest agenda for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council June 2010 meeting please read the pdf version of their agenda. The next meeting is June 9-15, 2010 in Sitka, Alaska. Written comments and materials to be included in the Council meeting notebooks must be received at the Council office by 5:00pm (Alaska Time) on Tuesday June 1, 2010.

 

4/21/10

April 2010 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their

 

03/12/10

April 2010 NPFMC Agenda

 

For the latest agenda for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council April 2010 meeting please read the pdf version of their agenda. The next meeting is April 8-14, 2010 in Anchorage.

 

03/08/10

Homer Auction Block

1st delivery of the season of 42,500 lbs of halibut F/V Jeanoah
10/20 $5.95
20/40 $6.05
40+ $6.25

 

01/06/10

Charter Halibut Moratorium

NOAA Fisheries has announced a new fishery management program passed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council that limits the number of charter boats in the guided sport halibut fishery in Southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska

Final Rule Federal Register

 

12/15/09

IPHC Annual Meeting

January 25 - January 29, 2010

 

The Eighty-sixth Annual Meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission will be held from Tuesday, January 26 through Friday, January 29, 2010 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Agenda

 

12/08/09

IPHC Preliminary Staff Recommendations

News Release

 

You can view the News Release on their website at this link.

 

09/09/09

Take Your Best Shot

Photo Contest - Pacific Fishing Magazine

Deadline: October 15, 2009

 

Complete Contest Rules and entry form are available online at www.pacificfishing.com by clicking on "Photo Contest".

Print and digital photos are welcome. Entry must be accompanied by entry form. Entries must be received by October 15, 2009. Top Prizes are:

1st - 2 round trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies

2nd - $1,000 gift certificate from WESMAR

3rd - $500 gift certificate from Redden Marine

 

09/02/09

News Release - IPHC

2009 Halibut Landing Report No 7

 

Highlights:

1) QS Commercial Fisheries Update

2) Area 2A Commercial Tribal Fisheries

3) Incidental Commercial Halibut Catch in the Area Fixed Gear Sablefish Fishery

4) Area 2A Incidental Commercial Halibut Fishery during the Salmon Troll Season

5) Annette Islands Reserve Fishery in Area 2C

 

Read the News Release

 

09/04/09

Agenda for NPFMC October 2009 meeting

 

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting will be held at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. The Advisory Panel and Scientific and Statistical Committee begin Monday, October 1st at 8am. The IFQ Implementation Team meets September 30th from 9am - 5pm in the Chart Room. You can view the agenda in its entirety.

 

08/24/09

News Release - IPHC

$100 Reward for tags from double-tagged halibut.

 

IPHC will be double-tagging halibut in late August 2009 near Trinity Island in Regulatory Areas 3A -3B, using bright pink wire check tags in combination with external "backpack tags" and internal "gut tags". IPHC is asking for harvesters to look for tagged halibut, bearing in mind that the fish should carry two tags. All fish will bear a check tag. Gut tags will be surgically implanted in the gut cavity, but will have a red stalk protruding out of the belly on the fish's dark side. Please inform your crew to look for stalks on the dark side of the fish before gutting, to avoid the possibility of throwing $100 overboard!

 

Each tag will yield a reward of $100, so make sure you keep and return both tags. In addition, fishers who hold IFQ/IVQ should be aware that the weight of these tagged fish should NOT be deducted from the fisher's halibut IFQ/IVQ.

 

For further information on what to do when you do catch a double-tagged halibut read the News Release and/or contact Dr. Tim Loher at 206.634.1938 (ext 212) or via email at tim@iphc.washington.edu.

 

News Updates:

06/09

June 2009 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their June  meeting in Anchorage. The next meeting is October 2009 in Anchorage.

 

News Updates:

04/09

April 2009 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their April  meeting in Anchorage. The next meeting is June 2009 in Anchorage.

 

News Updates:

02/09

February 2009 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their February meeting in Seattle. The next meeting is April 2009 in Anchorage.

 

 

12/22/2008

News Release - NOAA Proposes Rule to Reduce Halibut Charter Catch in S.E.

 

Public comment on the proposed rule is open through Jan. 21, 2009. After considering public comment, NOAA expects to publish a final rule in the spring of 2009. To read the proposed rule and see how to submit comments, go to http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov.

Contact Sheela McLean or Doug Mecum for additional information: (907) 586-7221.

N
OAA today proposed reducing the number of halibut that charter vessel anglers in southeast Alaska can keep, from two each day to one.

             "Sport charter fishing has grown in southeast Alaska while halibut abundance has decreased," said Doug Mecum, NOAA's Fisheries Service acting regional administrator for Alaska. "We're proposing to reduce the charter halibut catch to protect the halibut resource."

             The proposed rule, which would take effect this spring, would allow each charter vessel client to use only one fishing line, and no more than six lines targeting halibut would be allowed on a charter vessel at one time. The rule would prohibit guides and crew from catching and retaining halibut while charter halibut clients are on board.

 NOAA's Fisheries Service put a similar rule in place last spring, but sport charter halibut operators challenged it on procedural grounds and the agency withdrew the rule.

 Public comment on the proposed rule is open through Jan. 21, 2009. After considering public comment, NOAA expects to publish a final rule in the spring of 2009. To read the proposed rule and see how to submit comments, go to http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov.

 Charter halibut operators in southeast Alaska waters have exceeded their guideline harvest level of 1.43 million pounds for the past four years. The actual sport charter harvest was 1.75 million pounds in 2004, 1.95 million pounds in 2005, 1.86 million pounds in 2006, and 1.92 million pounds in 2007.  The guideline harvest level dropped to 0.93 million pounds for 2008. Managers expect that it will have been exceeded for 2008 when the harvest numbers are final.

             The International Pacific Halibut Commission, with representatives from the U.S. and Canada, annually estimates halibut abundance in each halibut fishing area along the Pacific Coast. NOAA's Fisheries Service, in cooperation with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, establishes the charter vessel guideline harvest levels based on the commission's abundance estimates.

 The commission annually establishes the commercial halibut fishery catch limits in each area, taking into account charter vessel harvests and other sources of halibut mortality in order to protect the halibut resource from overharvest. 

             The commission has reduced the commercial halibut catch in southeast Alaska from nearly 11 million pounds annually between 2004 and 2006 to just over six million pounds for 2008. The final commercial harvest level for 2009, proposed at four and a half million pounds, will be set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January.

 NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. Visit http://www.noaa.gov.

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News Updates:

12/23/2008

December 2008 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their December meeting in Anchorage. The next meeting is February 2009 in Anchorage.

 

News Updates:

10/15/2008

October 2008 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their October meeting in Anchorage, specifically the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan among other issues. The next meeting is December 8-16th in Anchorage.

 

09/10/08

Sarah Palin's Earmarks: Not just for the halibut

By Ben Smith

 

Senator John McCain recently told reporters that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has "learned that earmarks are bad." But not that bad apparently. Read the full article at politico.com or in pdf form.

 

09/05/08

Agenda for NPFMC September/October meeting

 

The agenda for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting to be held at the Sheraton Hotel, 401 E 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK. The Advisory Panel and Scientific and Statistical Committee begin Monday, September 29th at 8am. You can view the agenda in its entirety.

 

Final Action is scheduled on Halibut Management Issues:

1) Charter Halibut Catch Sharing Plan; 2) Area 3A GHL Measures.

 

BSAI Crab Issues include 1) Final Action on St. George Protection Measures; 2) Receive 3-year Review Report; 3) Receive Crab Committee Report/Crew Proposals; 4) Review Crab 90/10 Amendment alternatives

 

Written comments and materials to be included in the Council meeting notebooks must be received at the Council office by 5:00pm (Alaska Time) on Wednesday, September 24th. Written and oral comments should include a statement of the source and date of information provided as well as a brief description of the background and interests of the person's) submitting the statement. Comments can be sent by mail or fax - do not submit comments by e-mail.

 

8/29/08

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin running for Vice President of the United States with John McCain

 

"Not only did the announcement shock the country but it rocked the state's political world." written by Jason Moore as reported on the KTUU website

 

07/29/2008

Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska Indicted

 

Hal Bernton, Seattle Times staff, reports Alaska Senator Ted Stevens repeatedly turned to an oil-industry executive for free labor on a home remodel, free construction materials and even a cut-rate deal on a new Land Rover, according to a federal indictment filed Tuesday against the longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate. He has served in the Senate since 1968.

 

The 7-count felony indictment accuses Stevens of benefiting from more than $250,000 in largesse from Bill Allen, a friend and former chairman of VECO, an oil-field-services company, and intentionally failing to report the gifts on Senate financial-disclosure documents. Here is a copy of the indictment.

 

Stevens stepped down Tuesday as ranking member of the Commerce Committee and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, as required by GOP Conference rules. He was arraigned on Wednesday. Senator Stevens expects to be cleared of charges that he lied on Senate disclosure forms.

 

06/2008

June 2008 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their June  meeting in Kodiak. The next meeting is the end of September into the first week of October 2008.

 

06/10/2008

Judge Blocks Halibut Limit in Southeast

 

A U.S. District Judge in Washington, D.C., issued a temporary restraining order today. A hearing on whether to extend the order as a preliminary injunction has been scheduled before the court for June 20, 2008. The court ruling means that in Southeast, charter clients go back to the previous rule, which allows two fish per day as long as the second halibut is less than 32 inches in length. The full story can be read online at the Anchorage Daily News.

 

06/08

Confusion over Charter Fishing Regs in Homer

 

Charter fishermen in Homer losing business because of misunderstanding by public that Homer is included in the restricted area 2C when in fact, Homer and its surrounding waters are area 3A not currently restricted by the rule. Read full story in Homer News.

 

06/08

Charter Fishermen Sue Over Halibut Limit

 

Charter Halibut Fishermen have filed suit against Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez. Read more online at Anchorage Daily News.

 

04/2008

April 2008 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their April  meeting in Anchorage. The next meeting is in Kodiak the first week of June 2008.

 

02/2008

February 2008 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their February meeting in Seattle. The next meeting is in Kodiak the first week of April 2008.

 

12/2007

December 2007 NPFMC Newsletter

 

For the latest news from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council please read the pdf version of their newsletter. It will fill you in on the council activities and decisions during their December meeting in Anchorage. The next meeting is in Seattle the first week of February.

 

11/15/07

Read It   Read It   Read all about It

Would permanent harvest rights be revoked?

ADF&G commissioner, Denby Lloyd, released the final paper last week from Professors Daniel Bromley and Seth Macinko that challenges many assumptions in previous fishery rationalization plans such as halibut, pollock, and crab. The paper provides advice on alternatives to the “rationalization through privatization” model. Lively dialogue is expected.

The basic argument is that many of the problems of absentee ownership, concentration, and lack of opportunity for Alaskan’s to enter rationalized fisheries could be solved if the NPFMC revoked permanent harvest rights, and replaced them with fixed-term rights that would have to be renewed periodically at auction, every ten years or so.

READ the introduction from ADF&G and the entire paper.

10/01/07

Cod & Crab Splits at NPFMC 

 

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council) meeting Oct 1-10th in Anchorage, Alaska. Among other things being discussed they will deliberate over splits in both the cod and NPFMC (Norcrab fisheries.

 

Learn more in Laine Welch's Fish Radio talk show and interview with Linda Kozak.

 

09/28/07

Big Crab Harvest anticipated this winter (KIAL Audio)

 

State regulators are planning for a booming winter season in the Bering Sea this year, with harvest levels for red king crab set higher than they've been since crab stocks crashed in the early 1980's. The harvest levels, announced on the 28th, are also set higher for snow crab than they've been in nearly a decade.

 

09/09/07

AK Governor announces NPFMC nominees

 

Governor Palin forwarded her nominations of Robert “Ed” Dersham, Mike Heimbuch and Roland Maw to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce as her candidates to fill the remainder of the term of resigning North Pacific Fishery Management Council member Ed Rasmuson.

 

06/01/07

NOAA Fisheries Publishes SE Alaska Sport Halibut Regs 

Federal Register/Vol. 72, No 106/Monday June 4, 2007/Rules and Regulations

ACTION: Final Rule Effective June 1, 2007

 

SUMMARY: NMFS issues a final rule to restrict the harvest of halibut by persons fishing on a guided sport charter vessel in IPHC Regulatory Area 2C. The current sport fishing catch or bag limit of 2 halibut per day is changed for a person sport fishing on a charter vessel in Area 2C. The final rule would require at least one of the two fish taken in a day to be no more than 32 inches in length.

 

This regulatory change is necessary to reduce the halibut harvest in the charter vessel sector while minimizing negative impacts on this sector, its sport fishing clients, and the coastal communities that serve as home ports for the fishery.

 

The intended effect of this action is a reduction in the poundage of halibut harvested by the guided sport charter vessel sector in Area 2C.

 

The complete new regulations are posted as of June 4th in the Federal Register and the NOAA website at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2007/charterhalibut060107.htm

 

07/15/05

Murkowski announces TAA renewal comment period 

PRESS RELEASE 

The USDA is inviting public comment for the renewal of petitions for Trade Adjustment Assistance for salmon fishermen. This comment period affects those salmon fishermen in Alaska who have applied for TAA previously. Please read the press release on Senator Murkowski's website.

 

07/09/05

Offshore aquaculture OK for the lesser black cod species???

Black cod fishermen BEWARE - 

John Strohmeyer, a pulitzer prize-winning author, thinks off shore open ocean aquaculture would benefit the Alaskan economy if we focus on exclusively raising blackcod and other highly exportable species to Japan. He writes "Alaska has that extra abundance in black cod, Pacific cod, rockfish and other lesser species that do not compete with our basic exports of salmon and halibut. These lesser fish are in great demand in Japan, among other protein-searching nations. Why shouldn't we grab this opportunity to farm these overlooked fish considering the growing world market?" Read the full article on the Anchorage Daily News  website.

 

07/08/05

Magnuson Stevens Act Reauthorization Hearings by U.S. House Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans

The first of several Congressional hearings in Alaska on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens fishery and conservation management act are taking place. Federal, state and industry representatives all tend to support the reauthorization of the federal law to one extent or the other however there are some areas of concern which need addressing. Read an article in the Kodiak Daily Mirror written by Walter Sargent about the timing of the hearings. Read Stephanie Madsen's testimony (chair of NPFMC) at    http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/misc_pub/MadsenTestimonyJuly05.pdf

 

06/25/05

Western Pioneer Halts  Operations

The Seattle Times, 6/26/05, reported Western Pioneer is shutting down its operations. Larry Soriano, president, said they have plenty of cargo heading northbound, they just don't have enough southbound business to survive. "The Seattle fishing fleet has shrunk because of consolidation and changes in the way Alaska fisheries are managed. Fishermen's Terminal, the traditional homeport of the North Pacific fishing fleet, in 2002 opened to pleasure craft because there weren't enough commercial vessels." reports the Times. Two of Western Pioneer's boats will be sold to Coastal Transportation who already serve most of Western Pioneer's ports and will offer seasonal coverage to three others, Port Moller, St. Paul and Larsen Bay. Peter Strong, Coastal's president said "Unfortunately 3 villages in southeast Alaska will be discontinued from service due to federal shipping rules; Gustavus, Pelican and Tenakee Springs." Western Pioneer's website www.westernpioneer.com says you can call them to reschedule your freight order at 1.800.426.6783 but their last northbound sailing was 6/17/05.

 

05/24/05

Take Action to Protect Wild Sablefish

As we all well know, salmon farms (aquaculture) decimated salmon markets throughout the world. Only recently has wild salmon begun to be recognized as a premium product. We are going to have to work hard to make sure the WILD sablefish industry does not suffer the same fate. Let's learn from the past and ACT NOW!

The Canadian Sablefish Association reports sablefish farming operations in B.C. have goals to produce 100,000 marketable fish in 2005 with a long-term goal of 2 million farm-ready juveniles per year.

The Canadian Sablefish Association reports they are now seeing farmed sablefish in their local and export markets without any labeling that the product is "farmed". We need to start distinguishing our wild fish from farmed sablefish today! not a few years from now when the markets have collapsed and the price is down. Some studies are predicting price declines of 25 to 40 percent in world sablefish markets once sablefish farming becomes well established in B.C.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Communicate with State, Council and Federal officials expressing your feelings on this issue. Email or call your Governor, Senators and Congressmen.

Read more about this issue at the Canadian Sablefish Association website and click on the Farmed and Dangerous link.

If you are a sablefish fisherman, ensure that all your product is shipped with the "Certified Deep Water Wild Sablefish" Label you can get from the Canadian Sablefish Association.

05/12/05

Your Halibut IFQ could be allocated to Charter Vessels

As early as 2006, a percentage of YOUR IFQ could be re-allocated to a halibut charter operator.

WHY? Because indications are that the charter fleet exceeded the Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) in 2004 and neither the harvest control measures associated with the GHL nor the IFQ program have earned final approval. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Communicate with State, Council and Federal officials expressing your feelings on this issue. Email or call your Governor, Senators and Congressmen.

UPDATE. The commercial halibut sector has been working since 1992 to ensure appropriate controls are placed on the charter fleet so that the open ended re-allocation of halibut to the charter sector from the commercial sector (i.e. consumers) is curtailed.  We are at a critical juncture in making the charter IFQ a final regulation; we need to prevail at this point in the process or look forward to frequent (and costly) allocation battles at the Council.

STATUS. Details of the GHL and IFQ programs are available on the web at: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/halibut_issues/halibut.htm

The charter GHL was passed by the Council in 2000 and published as a final rule in August 2003; however harvest control measures developed by the Council were removed from the rule at the last minute by NMFS. The GHL was set 25% above the historic charter catch to allow for growth in the sector. Catch estimates become available 9-12 month after the end of the fishing year (we expect 2004 catch data in fall 2005). 

From 1999 to 2003, the charter halibut catch increased from 938,221 (34% below GHL) to 1,412,000 (1% below GHL) in Area 2C; and from 2,533,319 (31% below GHL) to 3,382,000 (7% below GHL) in Area 3A – this charter catch comes off the top before halibut is allocated to the commercial setline fishery. It is suspected the charter fleet exceeded the GHL in 2004, but will not know this for sure until fall 2005.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will receive a report on the GHL and IFQ at the October 2005 Council meeting in Anchorage. The Council will likely initiate action to start the regulatory process to impose harvest control measures to bring the charter fleet under the GHL; The charter sector is expected to oppose this action and instead try to increase the GHL at the expense of the commercial sector. When the charter IFQ program is established it will replace the GHL program.

Area 2C charter catch has increased from 938,221# in 1999 to 1,412,000# in 2003 – 50% increase. Area 2C commercial allocation decreased from 10,490,000 in 1999 to in 8,500,000 in 2003 – 29% decrease.

Area 3A charter catch has increased from 2,533,319# to 3,382,000# in 2003 -- 33% increase. Area 3A commercial allocation decreased from 24,670,000 in 1999 to 22,630,000 in 2003 – 9% decrease.

The charter IFQ program was passed by the Council in April 2001 and reaffirmed in October 2001 when the Council defeated a motion by charter interests to rescind the program. Since then the regulatory package has been under review by both the Council staff and the NMFS Alaska Region staff. At present the draft regulatory package / proposed rule is under review by the NOAA General Counsel office in Juneau. Once the package passes muster in Juneau it goes to NOAA General Counsel in DC and then to the Secretary of Commerce.

When the proposed rule is published this year (2005) there will be a public comment period and review before the final rule is published – a significant number of comments will be needed at this time.

Serious opposition to the IFQ by national and Alaska recreational fishing groups is expected. On April 18, the Recreational Fishing Alliance and the Alaska Charter Association lobbied Senator Ted Stevens’ staff in an effort to kill the charter IFQ program. If the IFQ program is not put into place we are faced with the GHL process which will result in continued allocation battles at the Council level and the need to go through the entire regulatory process.

05/10/05

F/V Aleutian catches 140 lb Skillfish
Longlining near Dixon Entrance the crew of the Seattle-based halibut schooner Aleutian wrestled aboard an estimated 140 lb Skillfish which is a relative of the Sablefish. The crew is keeping the fish frozen while they decide whether to eat it or have it mounted. See the story and picture on the
Juneau Empire website.

 

04/29/05

Halibut and Sablefish Fisheries to Receive MSC Label Soon
Sometime in May Alaska halibut and sablefish should receive the coveted earth friendly label from the international Marine Stewardship Council validating the fishery as well managed and sustainable. It's been a longer process than I envisioned, and more costly. That's one of the objections that's been cropping up," said Bob Alverson, director of the Seattle-based Fishing Vessel Owners Association, which sponsored the halibut/black cod effort. Read Laine Welch's story in Fish Factor

 

04/11/05

Mini-series spotlights Alaska's most dangerous fishery
The
Discovery channel will air a documentary mini-series entitled "The Deadliest Catch" on Alaska's commercial crab fishery which is the last of the "derby" style crab fishery. The series begins Tuesday, April 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT across the country. Some of our members are featured crewmen. On the down side, the F/V Western Viking, one of the vessels featured, has now been bought out in the crab rationalization as well as 24 other vessels and will never fish again anywhere in the world. This is the tip of the iceberg, many more vessels will retire as well. All those crewmen on the F/V Western Viking lost their positions and if they wish to continue in the crab fishery will be looking to find another ride which will be hard to do because many other fishermen have also lost their positions as the fishery reduces its fleet. What you see in this mini-series is now history. The race for crab no longer exists. Now each vessel that remains in the fleet will have IFQ and be able to fish it at a fairly leisurely pace.

 

04/10/05

Farmed Salmon being sold as Wild
In March, The New York Times investigated 8 stores in the New York area selling "wild" salmon at an average price of $19/lb. Samples were sent to Craft Technologies in Wilson, N.C. for testing using a method similar to that used at the FDA to identify wild and farmed salmon. Six of the eight tested were farm-raised, one wild, and one that had been farm raised but escaped into the wild. Country-of-original labeling that took effect April 4, 2005 requires fish to carry a paper trail back to the source, unfortunately they apply to full-service markets such as groceries, not the fish markets. BUYER BEWARE!!! Farmed fish is a potential environmental hazard, lice infested, has color additives, and is just plain not as flavorful as wild. BUYER BE VERY AWARE!

 

01/24/05

Bush Administration Vows to Quintuple Aquaculture Yield
Fish Farming's Bounty Isn't Without Barbs

Observers on both sides agree that fish farming could transform the way Americans eat, and, to some extent, work and live in our attempt to increase the world's growing demand for protein. Unfortunately this could come at a tremendous cost to the environment and commercial fishing industry. In the next two decades we could see the end and ultimately replace the last commercial food-gathering system based on hunting wild animals.
Read the full story by Julie Eilperin, staff writer,
Washington Post

 

01/03/05

Area 4C & 4D Halibut/Sablefish IFQ Program
The NPFMC approved Area 4C IFQ and CDQ fishermen to harvest their halibut quota shares in Area 4D, however 4D area fishermen can not fish in 4C because of already reduced stocks in that area.

 

01/03/05

NOAA Halibut/Sablefish IFQ Loan Program
The NOAA Fisheries Financial Services Division announces 1/3/05 that it is now processing applications for the Halibut/Sablefish Quota Share Loan Program. For further information on the Program, please contact the Division in Seattle (Tel:206.526.6122; Fax: 206.526.6306). Inquiries by mail may be sent to:
National Marine Fisheries Service
Financial Services Branch
BIN C15700, Bldg. 1
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

 

11/17/04

ATTENTION BS/AI Displaced Crab Fishermen: If you have permanently lost your job due to the BS/AI Crab Buyback Vessel Reduction Referendum (the list is in the news update below) file for unemployment immediately with your State Employment Security Office.

As a dislocated worker, assistance may be available to you through your local WorkSource office. WorkSource is a full service job search center offering help with your resume, job hunting and a variety of other services. Rather than list every state's WorkSource contact information we have provided the National Call center and the states where the majority of our members reside.

WorkSource National Call Center
Tele: 1.866.487.2365

Alaska State
Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Contact: Shawna Harper at 907.465.1882
Division of Employment Security website

Washington State
WorkSource of Washington website
Tele: 1.877.872.JOBS to find your local office
Employment Security Department website
Tele: 1.800.362.4636

Oregon State
WorkSource of Oregon website
Oregon Employment Department website

 

BS/AI Crab Buyback: Successful Second Referendum

11/16/04

According to Michael Grable of NOAA the votes exceeded the two-thirds minimum required. The list will be published in a Federal Registry later this week but here is the list as received from Mr. Grable. Read the article in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Unfortunately, the hard working crewmen on these vessels no longer have jobs and will be scrambling to find work on the remaining vessels in the fleet. And this is just the beginning of the fleet reduction. The Deep Sea Fishermen's Union continues to fight for the laborer, the working crewman to receive some kind of compensation, worker retraining funds and/or severance pay when this kind of government action takes place. We believe as much as anyone in a safer, sustainable fishery, but also believe the laborer should not be overlooked in the process.

The 25 accepted bidders (and their reduction vessels) are:

NORTH PACIFIC, LLC                                NORTH PACIFIC
ZOLOTOI PARTNERSHIP                           ZOLOTOI
Q & S ENTERPRISES, INC.                         EXITO
LABRADOR GROUP                                    LABRADOR
SUSITNA MARITIME, INC.                        SUSITNA
SITKIN ISLAND, INC.                                 SITKIN ISLAND
NORTHERN ORION, INC.                          NORTHERN ORION
TIMOTHY J KENNEDY                              SECRET ISLAND
PROFS. FISHERMEN'S ASSOC., INC.           STORMY SEA
KODIAK QUEEN, INC.                               KODIAK QUEEN
MATTSEN FISHERIES, INC.                      SHAMAN
NORSEMAN FISHERIES, INC.                   NORSEMAN II
BERING STAR, LLC                                    MORZHOVOI
SEVENTH SON, INC.                                  LADY JESSIE
DIAMOND HEAD, INC.                              DIAMOND HEAD
K H COLBURN, INC                                   SIRENE
AMERICAN WAY FISHERIES, INC.             AMERICAN WAY
OCEAN VIKING LLC                                 WESTERN VIKING
SILENT LADY, INC.                                   SILENT LADY
ARCTIC EAGLE, LLC                                 ARCTIC EAGLE
ALEUTIAN ROVER, LLC.                          ALEUTIAN ROVER
HARLAN  DEAN JR                                    WESTLING
SEA SPRAY, LLC                                        SEA SPRAY
GENE E WATSON                                      NORSEMAN
MICHEAL K KING                                     REBEL

BS/AI Crab Capacity Reduction Voting Deadline

11/10/04

November 15, 2004 voting closes, however if they have already received a 2/3 majority vote against or for it, we may know sooner. Maybe this time we'll know if the fleet will be reduced prior to the opening of Opi's in January, 2005. None-the-less NOAA/NMFS continues on with its rationalization programs. The first rationalized BS/AI fishery is scheduled for Golden King Crab in the fall of 2005. Follow this link to the FAQ on Crab Rationalization.

 

BS/AI Crab Rationalization Confusing?????

NOAA/NMFS  publishes Frequently Asked Questions 

11/09/04

There is a wealth of information recently published on the NOAA/NMFS website for those of you still needing an explanation of the rationalization. Questions such as an overview of the program, the timeline, how to comment on the rule proposal, applying for quota share, QS/IFQ for Skippers and Crew, and recordkeeping to name a few. Follow this link to the FAQ on Crab Rationalization.

 

NOAA/NMFS  publishes the BS/AI Crab Rationalization Management Proposal-Comments must be received no later than December 13, 2004

10/29/04

As their website says, "Now we're down to the gritty details of crab rationalization," said NOAA Fisheries Administrator for Alaska, Dr. James Balsiger. "I hope people take time to find out about the proposed program, understand what it will mean for them, and give us their comments." To download the document for review and comment, it can be found at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/prules/fr63200.pdf. We hope all members of our Union who are crewmen on crab vessels take the time to look at this document and let us know their comments.

 

NOAA Fisheries Plan Workshops on Crab Regulations

10/20/04

The Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries will conduct public workshops in Seattle and Anchorage to explain proposed regulations for the new crab fishery management program in the BS/AI. The workshop's intent is to provide information on the proposed regulations in order to assist the public to provide comment. They are open to any interested member of the public.

 

Seattle-November 11, Room 204, 10:00am at the Washington Trade and Convention Center during Pacific Marine Expo.

 

Anchorage-December 6 & 7, Hilton Hotel, Dillingham-Katmai Room from 6pm-8pm each night. The workshops precede the NPFMC Meeting also in the Hilton.

Kodiak-March 18, 2005-Time and place to be determined, however this is in conjunction with ComFish 2005.

 

U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens tucks in an amendment to a major appropriations bill potentially reducing IFQ to Black Cod Fishermen

09/23/04

The Seattle Times, Kodiak Daily Mirror and Anchorage Daily News all ran stories today reporting Stevens' amendment would reverse court rulings and administrative decisions that previously concluded the Eaton/Winther vessels had no legal rights to the black cod quota. This amendment was submitted without prior review by members of the black cod fishing industry and is sparking quite a controversy. Bob Alverson of the Fishing Vessel Owners Association which represents 80 vessel owners who fish black cod said "I think this is wrong, and someone should have checked with us about it." This amendment could result in the National Marine Fisheries Service having to award at least an additional 235,000lbs of black cod fishing rights off Alaska which would reduce the IFQ already allocated to other fishermen.

Since we first told you about this amendment, many fishing vessel owners complained. To date we understand that the amendment has been removed and the issue resolved to the satisfaction of vessel owners and IFQ holders in the fleet whose quota would have been negatively affected.

 

DSFU Director appointed to ASMI Committee

08/26/04

Dave Soma was notified on August 26, 2004 by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute that he was named to the newly established Halibut and Sablefish Committee. As part of ASMI's restructuring, the Board of Director's intention is that all 6 committees meet regularly and be very active in making recommendations to the Board on ASMI programs.

 

KCLC & WSLC Adopts Resolution Supporting DSFU

NEWS RELEASE

08/20/04

The King County Labor Council (KCLC), AFL-CIO adopted a resolution supporting the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union efforts to secure equitable treatment for skippers and crew who lose their jobs due to federal statutory/regulatory rationalization or buyback measures and for those skippers and crew who remain in the fisheries.

In particular, the KCLC supported the efforts of Deep Sea Fishermen's Union and the skippers and crew of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Fishery to obtain displaced worker assistance in the form of either a one-time cash-out or a comprehensive re-education and job placement program with support stipend during re-training, and to obtain fair and equitable individual fishing quotas for skippers and crews who remain in the quota-based fisheries and similar benefits for skippers and crew who remain in cooperative-based fisheries.

The KCLC resolved to work actively with the Deep sea Fishermen's Union and public officials to ensure that legislation is enacted to provide fair and equitable dislocation allowances, job training opportunities and job placement for every displaced skipper and crew member, and to require fair and equitable treatment of skippers and crew in any future quota-based or cooperative program.

The KCLC forwarded the resolution to the Washington State Labor Council and it was adopted 8/26/04.

 

Made in the U.S.A. - Country of Origin Labeling aka COOL

08/20/04

Read what Time Online has to say about new regulations. Margot Roosevelt/Susanville writes "Last January a measure postponing the law's effect until 2006 was slipped into an omnibus funding bill. The exception: fish, which must be labeled by September, 2004 thanks to the salmon fishermen's patron, Alaska Republican Senator Ted Stevens." It isn't just about salmon, it should also help marketing efforts for our Halibut and Sablefish. COOL is cool!

 

Final EIS for BS/AI King & Tanner Crab Fishery

Wait period September 3-October 4, 2004

08/19/04

NMFS has issue the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King & Tanner Crab Fishery. Written comments should be submitted by mail to James W. Balsiger, Alaska Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries, P.O. Box 21668 , Juneau , AK 99802 . Faxed comments will not be accepted. Electronic comments may be submitted by email to: bsai.feis.comments@noaa.gov; include in the subject line the following identifier: FEIS Crab.

 

Domestic Market News

From the boat to dinner plates in a day!

Fish Factor By Laine Welch

08/18/04

Two Kodiak fishermen have successfully marketed their catch to U.S. chefs, delivering it within 24 hours. The specialty distributor, Food Innovations, Inc., a division of U.S. Food Service, services more than 22,000 chefs in restaurants ranging from casual dining to high end resorts and casinos. Chef Joe DiMaggio, Jr., Food Innovations Founder & CEO believes U.S. chefs will take all the top quality Alaska seafood they can get. It started with salmon but they plan to expand into halibut. He says that chefs find it "incredibly sexy" to place an order one morning and have it there the next day. Chef DiMaggio said he would welcome calls from any Alaska fishermen "looking for a venue in America to distribute their products." Contact him at 239.596.0204 or via email at chefjoe@foodinno.com. Read Laine's full article of August 13, 2004.

 

Independent Experts Review Alaska Fish Habitat

08/17/04

The Sitka News reports 6 experts from Canada, Norway, and Australia have completed a peer review of NOAA's assessment methodology used to determine the effects of fishing on essential fish habitat (EFH) in Alaska. The six reviewers are experts in benthic ecology, fisheries oceanography, fishery biology, fisheries assessment, fishing gear technology and biophysical modeling. Read the story and reports on the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Website.

 

Crab Buyback on track again??!!

08/16/04

On August 6, 2004 the National Marine Fisheries Service mailed new bid packages to Bering Sea King and Tanner crab license holders with a September 24, 2004 deadline to submit bids. A new round of voting will occur between October 1 and November 15, 2004. If the new referendum passes, meaning a 2/3 majority vote, NMFS will send payments to successful bidders by December 22, 2004. This could mean when the 2005 snow crab season begins in mid-January there could be a reduced number of boats on the grounds. For more information about the BSAI Crab Fisheries Capacity Reduction Program read the FAQs section of National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) website.

 

"Standing-Up for Your State"

Published in Fishermen's News, August 2004, page 2

Read the letter sent from the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union to Washington State Senator Patty Murray enlisting her help to stop the reprogramming of $600,000 of the IPHC (International Pacific Halibut Commission) congressionally approved budget. If you would like to express your concern about IPHC budget re-allocations to your legislator, our "Governmental Contacts" web page might help you locate an email address or fax number for your legislator.

 

Farmed Atlantic Salmon Watch Program!

08/16/04

Many farmed Atlantic salmon have escaped into Pacific Ocean waters potentially endangering the wild Pacific salmon runs.

"It is important to understand the potential danger that Atlantic salmon present to Alaska's wild salmon stocks," said Fish and Game Invasive Species Program Coordinator Bob Piorkowski. Fish and Game officials are urging the public to watch for Atlantic salmon in fresh and salt waters. Free, wallet-sized ID cards showing Atlantic salmon markings are available at most coastal Fish and Game offices. If you catch an Atlantic salmon, note its location and keep the entire carcass (freeze if necessary) and contact the Atlantic Salmon Watch Program at 877.468.2748. Captured Atlantic salmon should never be cleaned, but they should be delivered whole to the nearest department office.

 

MAFAC listened to the public!!

Halt called to expanded Fish Farming in Federal Waters

08/14/04

The Sitka News and Juneau Empire report after the 3-day meeting in Juneau, Alaska, Alaska's Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) welcomed the MAFAC (Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee) recommendations that the federal government solicit additional public comment and conduct further analysis prior to expanding fish farming in U.S. federal waters. The recommendation will be forwarded to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Donald L. Evans, who will then determine whether to pursue federal legislation. The article in the Seattle PI, Monday August 23, 2004 made more fishermen in the State of Washington aware of what is happening in their own backyard such as the Strait of Juan de Fuca, however, a halt has been called to any fish farming expansion in U.S. Federal waters which presumes to include the Coast of Washington until more studies are completed.

 

MAFAC-Fish Farming and the debate goes on. 

08/12/04

Despite an Alaska State ban on fish farms in Alaska coastal waters, federal officials now want to make fish farming possible in federal waters from 3-200 miles offshore reports the Anchorage Daily News. MAFAC meets in Juneau this month to discuss aquaculture among other issues as reported Sunday August 8th in the Juneau Empire. Read more on the MAFAC website or read the report by Gunnar Knapp, Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage as presented to the NOAA Marine Fisheries Committee. Fishermen, politicians and local native communities express their concern that we study environmental reports and learn from the mistakes of salmon farming before proceeding with further fish farming follies as reported by the Juneau Empire August 12, 2004.

 

Murkowski asks for halt of BC Blackcod farming.

08/12/04

In a letter to the Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Michael Kergin, Alaska Senator Murkowski requested a stop to the transfer of 30,000 juvenile blackcod to Canadian off-shore fish farms until after environmental impact studies are completed. Read Senator Lisa Murkowski's press release.

 

Fishermen-You could win $25,000 for your idea!!!

08/09/04

Heads up fishermen. Enter your design and you could win the $25,000 grand prize as well as help bringing your design to market. They're looking for practical, cost-effective solutions that reduce the incidental catch of sea turtles, cetaceans, fish by-catch and other non-target species in either fixed gear or nets. Have you got a good idea to reduce the amount of 

non-targeted species in your fishery? Read the contest rules, find out how to submit your entries and get entry forms at the International Smart Gear Competition website.

 

Golden King Crab Fishery Opens August 15, 2004

Bering Sea

08/01/04

The Bering Sea Golden King Crab Fishery Opens at noon on Sunday, August 15, 2004. Guidelines and harvest levels are announced on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's division of its Commercial Fisheries website. Vessel registration begins at NOON, August 12, 2004 in Dutch Harbor.

 

BS/AI crab re-vote sinks buyout!!!

07/30/04

In an email sent to bidders at 17:41 on July 29, 2004, Mike Grable of NOAA writes, "This is to advise you, as BSAI crab buyback bidders, that we've already received re-administered referendum ballots casting votes against the buyback's industry fee system whose total constitutes more than one-third of all votes which can possibly be cast. Consequently, even if each still outstanding ballot cast a vote before 5:00pm on July 30, 2004, in favor of the industry fee system, it would now be impossible for the total votes cast to constitute a two-thirds majority in favor of the industry fee system. The BS/AI crab buyback's re-administered referendum is, consequently, unsuccessful. After the July 30, 2004, ballot receipt deadline, we'll provide the re-administered referendum's final results to all bidders and qualified voters together with official notice that the re-administered referendum was unsuccessful." Read the stories in The Anchorage Daily News and Seattle PI. Isn't this an interesting twist in the rationalization?? Some people believe there will be a new bidding process!

 

Alaska Eateries must now state if farmed fish on menu!!!

07/27/04

Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski recently signed a bill making the law mandatory for all Alaska State restaurants to state on their menus whether the fish they serve is farmed or wild. What a novel idea to let the consumer choose for themselves if they want to eat naturally wild fish or farmed fish that has been injected with growth hormones and artificial colorants along with containing high toxin levels and lice infestations. Let's only hope other States follow suit and pass similar bills. Here at DSFU we promote "Eating on the Wild Side" while sustaining the livelihoods of thousands of hard working fishermen who have brought the nutritious seafood to your tables for centuries. Read the full article here at the Juneau Empire and Alaska Democratic Legislators website. Also read why British Columbia fish farmers cry foul over the U.S. labeling requirements in the CBC News. DSFU encourages you to send an email or fax to your legislator in support of consumer awareness and the wild fish industry. Just follow our "Governmental Contacts" link to find an email or fax number.

 

Canadian Blackcod farming should alarm fishermen!!!

07/12/04

Will the blackcod (sablefish) industry fall prey to the same fate as the salmon fishery? Quietly the Canadian government has already approved more than 40 licenses for fish farmers to expand beyond salmon and shellfish, and a majority of them are for blackcod. An Ottawa federal judge's decision allows Sablefin Hatcheries Ltd., on Saltspring Island, to sell about 30,000 juvenile black cod to Canadian fish farmers this year. Fish farming could devastate the wild blackcod harvesting industry and the livelihoods of hundreds of fishermen. The Deep Sea Fishermen's Union and the Fishing Vessel Owners Association in support of the Canadian Sablefish Association, have written letters to several legislators including Senator Stevens requesting they contact BC government officials in an effort to insure all legal requirements for licensing and citing are followed.  Read the full stories by following the underlined links to the CNWTelbec, Alaska Journal, Juneau Empire July 11th, Juneau Empire Editorial, Juneau Empire July 14th, and CBC News British Columbia. If you would like to express your concern about farmed sablefish (blackcod) and halibut to your legislator, our "Governmental Contacts" web page might help you locate an email address or fax number for your legislator. The Canadian Sablefish Association also has links to their Canadian politicians.

 

FREE USCG Recognized CPR & First Aid Training Classes

07/16/04

DSFU is again offering these free classes so our current dues paying members may get the training they need to comply with current USCG regulations. We offer these classes in the Spring for our longliners and now in the Fall so our crabbers can also get their CPR cards prior to going fishing. Dates & registration information is available on our Training/Certification web page.

 

Bering Sea IPHC/USCG Halibut Tagging Project

7/15/04

The International Pacific Halibut Commission and the United States Coast Guard will be tagging halibut this summer with electronic satellite tags to record the fish's location and environmental data. Find out how you can receive rewards for returned PSATs and leaders at the International Pacific Halibut Commission's website.

 

Crabbers to Vote a Second Time on Buyout-Will it pass?

7/09/04

The Kodiak Daily Mirror and Seattle PI report crab vessel owners will have another opportunity to vote on the buyout and feel this time around it might not pass. Ballots are supposed to be going out in the mail today and must be returned by vessel owners prior to the end of July. If approved, the buyout could eliminate up to 140 deck jobs from crab boats. Read the full stories by following the underlined links above. For more information about the BSAI Crab Fisheries Capacity Reduction Program read the FAQs section of National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) website.

 

NMFS introduces options for Alaska halibut & sablefish IFQ's

aka IFQ Community Quota Program

6/30/04

A program is being introduced to 42 Gulf of Alaska communities by fishery experts hoping to help the small-time commercial halibut and sablefish fisherman stay in business by offering options to form non-profit corporations. Instead of having to buy pricey IFQs, a local community fisherman could lease the IFQs from the corporation for a much reduced price. Governor Frank Murkowski recently signed legislation providing state loans of about $2 million per entity to help finance the purchase of quota shares through the program. This money will be available to those entities turned down by commercial banks. Read the full story as reported in the Anchorage Daily News or on the National Marine Fisheries Service website.

 

Temporary Halt to Crab Boat Buyout Program

6/28/04

On Saturday, June 26, 2004 The Seattle Times, Seattle PI, and Anchorage Daily News all ran stories about the miscalculations of the $100 million buyout of the North Pacific crab fleet causing confusion and setbacks. The 28 vessel owners who submitted winning bids will now wait to see if the government math errors awarded buyouts to the wrong boats. Unfortunately many owners had already notified their crew to find other work and had started selling their equipment. Read the full stories by following the underlined links above.

 

New Union Membership Benefit:

20% Room Discount Hotel Edgewater - Seward, AK

5/13/04

Steve Thorkildsen, the Union's Vice President negotiated an agreement with Hotel Edgewater in Seward, Alaska allowing current dues paying Union members a 20% discount. If you need to make a reservation please call 907.224.2700, identify yourself as a Union member and give them your Book#.  Please note, there is a 3-day written cancellation policy via fax or email if you make advance reservations.

 

ABC Television Extreme Makeover Opportunity:

5/10/04

The ABC reality TV show called Extreme Makeover will be airing a special "Extreme Careers" show in which they will be giving extreme makeovers for persons with unique and challenging careers. After exploring the environment and risks Fishermen endure, one of the producers contacted our Union looking for a participant as our men and women are the type of individuals they would like to include on this show. 

They select both men and women for Extreme Makeover. However, couples and co-workers may also apply as pairs if they'd like. Participation opportunities are extremely limited and are filled on a first come, first considered basis.

If you are a current dues paying member and would like more information please call the Union at 206.783.2922. We'll be happy to give you the producer's contact information. Good Luck, we would love to pass on this opportunity to one of our members.

 

NEWS RELEASE - DSFU leads effort to ensure skippers and crew are eligible to buy BS/AI Crab Quota

5/04/04

SEATTLE - The Deep Sea Fishermen's Union of the Pacific spearheaded a successful effort to ensure that all skippers and crew entitled to purchase Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands crab fishing quota under the new rationalization plan will have access to low interest federal loans. The DSFU intervened with NOAA, after being informed that NOAA's attorneys were considering whether severely restrictive provisions of the Magnus-Stevens Act should apply to the loan program. The Union prevailed, following issuance of legal opinion and initiation of a letter-writing campaign.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

                                         

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