Wednesday, March 15, 2017

AK Guided Halibut Regulations Approved for 2017:

NMFS Adopts New Charter Halibut Regulations for 2017

On March 3, the new 2017 regulations for the halibut fishery became effective. These regulations include a few changes from 2016 affecting the charter halibut sector.  

Unguided halibut sport fishers in Alaska will continue to observe a daily bag limit of 2 fish any size per person per day. 

A quick-reference summary of the regulations for charter halibut anglers is available on the NMFS website (link). Summaries are also being sent by U.S. mail to all charter halibut permit holders.

New regulations for 2017 are as follows: 

In Area 2C (Southeast Alaska):
Reverse slot limit: Retained halibut must be less than or equal to 44 inches or greater than or equal to 80 inches in length. This reverse slot limit allows anglers to keep halibut less than approximately 30 pounds and greater than 208 pounds, after the head and guts have been removed. The lower size limit of the reverse slot limit was increased by one inch from 2016 regulations.
In Area 3A (Southcentral Alaska):
Tuesday closure: Charter vessel anglers may not catch and retain halibut (except GAF) on three Tuesdays in 2017: July 18, July 25, and August 1. These Tuesday closures are new for 2017 and are in addition to the Wednesday closure for the entire season.

The complete International Pacific Halibut Commission Annual Management Measures as published in the Federal Register are also available on the NMFS website (link).
The sport fishing regulations for Alaska are in Sections 25 and 28.

For more information about sport halibut regulations, visit NOAA Fisheries' Alaska Regional Sportfishing website. 

Questions or comments? Contact Julie Scheurer, Regional Recreational Fisheries Coordinator, at 907-586-7111 or

Monday, February 27, 2017

Win an Fishing Trip of a Lifetime in Alaska

ACA Board member Theresa Weiser has launched a raffle for several fishing/lodging packages at her family's lodge in Sitka, AK - Wild Strawberry Lodge DBA Alaska Premier Charters, Inc.

Proceeds benefit the Alaska Charter Association. Only 500 tickets and 4 big prizes to win!

Drawing will be March 10th, 2017. You do not need to be present to win. Here's the info:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Charter Halibut Committee Seeks More Representation

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking nominations for seats to be filled on the Charter Halibut Committee to include a 3A representative from a community that is not on the road system, and a 2C representative from one of the smaller communities to complement representation from Juneau and Sitka. Nominations are open until March 31. Representatives will be named at the April Council meeting. Please send a letter of interest to

Please forward this announcement to anyone you think may be interested in serving on the Charter Halibut Committee.

-Steve A. MacLean

Protected Species Coordinator / Fishery Analyst

North Pacific Fishery Management Council


Lunchtime Talk: A Framework for Valuing Commercial and Recreational Fisheries

Economic study shows 10X more economic value for fish landed in recreational fishery

[Streamed live on Feb 8, 2017]

Gordon Gislason, a fisheries economist from Vancouver, British Columbia, talks about a framework he has developed for analyzing and comparing the economic value of the two kinds of fisheries. As a case study, he estimated the commercial and recreational values of Chinook salmon in Pacific Canada.

Commercial and recreational fisheries are very different: the commercial fishery is a resource extraction, processing, and retailing industry; the recreational fishery is a form of outdoor recreation, influenced not only by the availability of fish but by the environmental setting and other factors aside from fish. How can we make a fair comparison of their economic value?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bevan Series on MSA at University of Washington

On April 24-25, 2014, the University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences and School of Marine & Environmental Affairs co-hosted a symposium on the re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act as part of the Bevan Lecture Series on Sustainable Fisheries. 
Video recorded and produced by UWTV.

Sam Rauch discusses Magnuson Stevans in 2014
This is the fourth speaker, Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, NOAA Fisheries. His talk is titled, "U.S. Fisheries Management Today"

Rep. “Doc” Hastings, WA (R), Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources
This is the keynote address by Rep. Doc Hastings, US House of Representatives, WA (R), Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources. NOTE: Doc Hastings retired from Congress in 2015, but his statement remains the clearest explanation of the problems with Magnuson-Stevens that fishermen across the country have, and the changes that need to be made in the next revision of the MSA.

Don McIsaac & Chris Oliver
This is the first presentation of session 3, the West Coast Implementation Experience, chaired by Merrick Burden. The talk is presented by Don McIsaac, Executive Director, Pacific Fishery Management Council, and Chris Oliver, Executive Director, North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Their talk is titled, "Regional Council Perspectives: Current Implementation Challenges and Recommendations for Change."

Congressional Staff MSA Discussion
This is the Congressional staff members panel discussion. Panel members include: Jean Flemma, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Staff, Committee on Natural Resources; Bob King, Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Mark Begich (AK); Nicole Teutschel, Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (WA); Dave Whaley, Professional Staff Member, Committee on Natural Resources. Moderated by John Henderschedt.