Sunday, July 16, 2017

Don Young taking a lead on the Re-Authorization of the MSA:

Subcommittee Review on the Performance of the Magnuson-Stevens Act:
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM (AK), 2:00 PM (Eastern) the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans will hold an oversight hearing titled “Exploring the Successes and Challenges of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA).

WHEN: Wednesday, July 19 @ 10:00 AM (AK), 2:00 PM (Eastern)

WHERE: 1324 Longworth House Office Building or live streamed here.

As Chairman Emeritus of the House Natural Resources Committee and an original author of the 1976 MSA, Congressman Young has been selected to lead MSA reauthorization efforts in the U.S. House. Young is the sponsor of H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, which provides a number of modest but necessary updates to our nation’s fisheries management policies.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NOAA opens public comment period on Sec. 4(b) in Executive Order 13795 focused on Natl. Marine Sanctuaries and Marine Natl. Monuments

National News:

NOAA is soliciting comment on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments designated or expanded since April 28, 2007, during a 30-day public comment period, which opened on Monday, June 26, 2017.  NOAA is seeking comments to assist the Secretary of Commerce in his review under Section 4(b) of the Presidential Executive Order (EO) 13795 "Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy" signed April 28, 2017. There are a total of six National Marine Sanctuaries and five Marine National Monuments under review (please see the table below).

​NOAA is asking for comments on the criteria outlined in Section 4(b)(i) of Executive Order 13795:

  1. An analysis of the acreage affected and an analysis of the budgetary impacts of the costs of managing each National Marine Sanctuary or Marine National Monument designation or expansion;
  2. An analysis of the adequacy of any required Federal, State and tribal consultations conducted before the designations or expansions; and
  3. The opportunity costs associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production from the Outer Continental Shelf, in addition to any impacts on production in the adjacent region.
You may submit comments identified by docket ID NOAA-NOS-2017-0066 by one of the following methods:
  • Electronic submissions: Beginning Monday, June 26, the option to submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at enter NOAA-NOS-2017-0066 in the "Search" box, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: EO 13795 Review, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring Metro Campus Building 4 (SSMC4), Eleventh Floor, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

​Thank you for your interest in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. For more information, please visit the websites below or contact Willilam Douros 
    National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments Under Review Pursuant to EO 13795, Sec. 4(b)
Size in Acres
Federal Register Citation
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary …………..


May 24, 2007
72 FR 29,208 (May 24, 2007)
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary ………………....
March 12, 2015
80 FR 13,078 (March 12, 2015)
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary ……….…..
March 12, 2015
80 FR 13,078 (March 12, 2015)
Marianas Trench Marine National Monument ………......
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands/Pacific Ocean
January 6, 2009

74 FR 1,557 (January 12, 2009)
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary ………………..…
November 20, 2008
73 FR 70,488 (November 20, 2008)
National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa …………..
American Samoa
July 26, 2012
77 FR 43,942 (July 26, 2012)
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument ……………..…..
Atlantic Ocean
September 15, 2016
81 FR 65,161 (September 21, 2016)
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument ……..….
Pacific Ocean
Designation; Expansion
January 6, 2009; September 25, 2014
74 FR 1,565 (January 12, 2009); 79 FR 58,645 (September 29, 2014)
PapahānaumokuākeaMarine National Monument …………
August 26, 2016
81 FR 60,227 (August 31, 2016)
Rose Atoll Marine National Monument………………....
American Samoa
January 6, 2009
74 FR 1,577 (January 12, 2009)
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary  …. ………………..
September 5, 2014
79 FR 52,960 (September 5, 2014)

  1 All of Rose Atoll Marine National Monument is contained within National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.


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Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
991 Marine Drive
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 530-5355

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Alaska halibut charters are targeting multiple species. Here’s why.

"Economic and regulatory factors have over the years forced some Alaska halibut charter fishermen and women to adapt, moving to new waters for their harvests, a new University of Alaska Fairbanks study has found.

"Researchers at UAF say the study is an important starting point to understanding the impact of such movement on fish stocks and the environment.

“When fishermen shift to a new area that has the potential to affect new species, it’s kind of like that footprint of fishing is expanding or contracting, and that’s going to affect the ecosystem more broadly,” said Anne Beaudreau, a professor of fisheries at UAF and one of the researchers on the study."

Read the full article in the Alaska Daily News.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Armed Forces Combat Fishing Tournament

Craig Medred has a nice write up of the annual event where generous Seward charter captains take enlisted service personnel stationed in Alaska out for some halibut fishing.

"With the tournament now the largest military appreciation fishing event in the country, more than a few businesses throughout the broader Prince William Sound area have been joining in, and there is goodly bit of financial support from the state’s largest city.

"An April auction in Anchorage raised almost $50,000 for the event.

"The money helps fund free and low-cost programs the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska provides military personnel. Not many of those programs can top a free-of-charge chance to go chase the biggest of big Alaska fish in an event where everyone goes home a winner."

Steve Wackowski appointed Senior Advisor for Alaska Affairs at the Dept. of Interior

"WASHINGTON — Steve Wackowski, who led Sen. Lisa Murkowski's 2016 campaign for re-election, will serve as a senior adviser for Alaska affairs for the Department of Interior, Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Tuesday.

Wackowski will work for the Interior Department from Anchorage, which marks a shift from the previous administration, when former Alaska adviser Kim Steven Elton worked from Washington, D.C.

Zinke made the announcement as he continued a trip around the state that began over the weekend.

Wackowski previously worked on Murkowski's 2010 campaign; he was Sen. Ted Stevens' last press secretary, and also worked on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee before moving back to Alaska.

Wackowski graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage, and worked for his family's halibut and salmon sport-fishing business in Ninilchik, according to the Interior Department. He attended Saint Mary's College in California, and currently serves as a major in the Air Force Reserve."

Full article at the Alaska Daily News.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Meet Our Board Members

The Alaska Charter Association benefits from a solid board of directors, who over the years have volunteered countless hours to ensure the future of our fisheries and the health of the charter industry. Representing ports across Alaska, and a wide array of business models including six-pack charters to full-service lodges, these volunteers each bring a unique perspective to the board of directors. We introduce you to the current board in recognition of their service because you might want to thank them for their work by becoming a member of the Alaska Charter Association.

A lot of us gripe and moan about the rules and regulations but we know the only way to improve things is to get involved. Not everyone can commit the time necessary to attend the regulatory meetings but everyone can tip the scales and improve our odds by supporting the people who do act on our behalf. Joining the Alaska Charter Association is the first step because if you read this far, you have an interest in the outcome, just like the owners of hundreds of Alaskan charter vessels, and thousands of recreational anglers who support them. We've asked the Board of Directors to talk about why they are involved. Have a look, and thank them all for their work.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Chris Oliver increasingly likely to get NMFS top job

John Sackton, News

"Chris Oliver, the executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), appears to have the inside track to become the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, the head of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Oliver has had widespread support from a range of seafood industry groups around the country, based on his long history as a successful leader of the NPFMC.

The latest talk within the industry is that Oliver is indeed the pick that the Commerce Department has submitted to the White House. The recommendation still has to get White House approval, and also a congressional approval of the nomination is needed...."