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 steve.maclean@noaa.gov.


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

907-271-2809

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.





TBT: 2012 “Keep America Fishing” Rally in Washington, DC


In 2012, recreational and commercial fishermen from around the country joined together in Washington, DC, to call on Congress to pass reforms to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) and provide flexibility in fishery management to maintain both jobs and sustainability. Here are a couple of our friends explaining this issue:



Recreational Fishing Alliance Executive Director Jim Donofrio



National Association of Charterboat Operators Executive Director, Bob Zales



NOAA VIDEO: US FISHERY MANAGEMENT 101


“How did the United States get to where it is today with sustainable fisheries? Through 40 years of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. U.S. fisheries include more than 470 fish stocks and stock complexes and are globally recognized as responsibly managed. Through a system of regional fisheries management councils, NOAA works with fishermen and partners to accomplish sustainable management of U.S. fisheries, which contribute over $100 billion each year to the U.S. economy and supports 1.8 million jobs.”

If you know little or nothing about the federal law that guides fishery management in the U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has posted this brief guide on YouTube.


Friday, January 13, 2017

IPHC meets in Victoria BC to set halibut limits Jan 23-27



Meeting Documents are here.



The IPHC annual meeting runs Jan 23-27 in Victoria.
The meeting packet, including agenda, regulatory proposals, and catch limit proposals, is at:  http://iphc.int/meetings-and-events/annual-meeting/documents.html 

The Report of Assessment and Research Activities (RARA 2016) is at:  http://iphc.int/library/raras/485-rara2016.html

If you are not able to attend the meeting in person you can listen to teh public sessions by Webinar.  Registration is required https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7890889668281438211

The IPHC is seeking input on their website.  A short, online survey is at:  http://iphc.int/website-survey.html

At the session beginning 0930PST Friday Jan 27, the IPHC will announce catch limits and other actions.