Friday, October 28, 2016

Upcoming Workshop: Long-term Challenges to Alaska’s Salmon and Salmon-Dependent Communities



    Alaskans and salmon have been inextricably linked for generations. Salmon are affected by humans through direct harvest and through ecosystem alteration. Salmon-dependent communities are supported by salmon harvests, whether subsistence, personal use, commercial, or sport. Many communities are dependent on salmon as a key source of food, a principal driver of the economy, and a cultural keystone species. Ensuring this reality for generations to come is the purpose of these workshops and of the Center for Salmon and Society.

    Although salmon populations and the ecosystems that support them are relatively healthy in Alaska compared to those in other regions, increasing population size, urbanization, and climate change are long-term current and future challenges. Salmon-dependent communities are affected by fluctuations in abundance and price, the gradual erosion of access to the resource, the high cost of living in these communities, and many other economic and social challenges. Thus, Alaska is at, or will soon be at, a crossroads for making decisions that will have lasting impacts on salmon and the communities linked to salmon.

    This workshop focuses on identifying and addressing long-term challenges to Alaska’s salmon, and also on long-term challenges to communities that depend on salmon. Two days of public discussion and presentations will start the workshop, followed by a day of breakout sessions to develop action plans addressing key issues identified in the public workshop. Action plans will tackle the major challenges faced by salmon and salmon-dependent communities, identifying policy, community, and research priorities.

    The registration fee for this workshop is $50 if paid on or before October 28, 2016. The late registration fee will be $75 after October 28.

    Live streaming of this workshop will be available for Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. The link will be provided here.

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Hotel (820 W. 7th Ave.) for $99.00 per night. Please use this link to reserve your room at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown.

    Don't miss the Salmon Life storytelling event after the workshop on November 3! Inspired by the popular Arctic Entries show, the evening will feature seven storytellers who will each tell a 7-minute tale about the magic and mayhem of living a life full of salmon. Tickets are available at Brown Bag Tickets.
Sponsors

University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Alaska Sea Grant
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
Alaska's Salmon Habitat Partnerships
The Salmon Project
Bristol Bay Habitat Land Trust

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Charter Halibut Meeting Held in Anchorage Oct. 24, 2016

The Charter Management Implementation Committee (CMIC) held its meeting in Anchorage.  The purpose of the meeting was to provide a list of potential management measures to be analyzed for their effect on harvest reductions for 2017.  Prior to the meeting, a preliminary charter halibut harvest estimate for Areas 2C and 3A for 2016 was released (Scott Meyer report).  Preliminary estimates are based on logbook data up to the end of July and projected to the end of the year.  The estimates revealed that Area 2C was under its allocation by 62,354 lbs. or -6.9 percent and Area 3A was over its allocation by 166,523 lbs. or +9.2 percent. 
 
Area 2C asked for the same range of harvest measures used in 2016 to be analyzed for the 2017 season which will be updated with current stock information provided by the IPHC in November.
 
Area 3A potential management measures to be analyzed (all with a one trip per day limit, two-fish daily bag limit unless otherwise noted, 4-fish annual limit, and Wednesday closure):
1.  Maximum size limit on one fish, potentially combined with an          annual limit
       a.  Maximum size 26" - 30"
       b. Annual limit 4+
2.  Additional day of the week closure from July 1 - Aug 15
3.  One-fish halibut bag limit for July
       a. Option to extend one-fish daily bag limit from mid-July to                   mid-Aug
4.  Status quo with Reverse Slot Limit on one fish, second fish 28"        or under
       a. Range of slots between U28 - O80.
           
The recommended harvest measures that would keep each Area under its allocation will be made at the next CMIC meeting on December 7th in Anchorage.  Comments on potential harvest measures for Area 2C should be addressed to Richard Yamada at richard@alaskacharter.org and for Area 3A to Daniel Donich at homerfishing@gmail.com or Mike Flores at fishninilchik@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hunting and Fishing License Fees Will Increase in 2017

House Bill 137 goes into effect in 2017, with resident and non-resident license fees for fishing and hunting being increased. Resident sportfishing annual license fees will go up $5, while a 14-day non-resident fishing license will spike by $25. 

For a table comparing 2016 fees to the new ones in 2017 go to:

The increased fees were widely supported by outdoors advocates because it will ensure that the state will continue to capture federal matching funds in the face of declining general fund budgeting for ADF&G.

For every dollar, the federal government will match it with three more.


If money is tight, you can still get a 2017 fishing license online at 2016 prices until the end of December.