Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2017 Charter Halibut Management Measures Final Council Motion


C-1 Charter Halibut Management Measures Final Council Motion

December 8, 2016


The Council recommends the following charter halibut management measures for implementation in 2017 in Areas 2C and 3A:


Area 2C 

The Council recommends the following management measures be implemented with a one-fish bag limit.
  • If the halibut charter allocation is at the Blue Line, implement a reverse slot limit (U40:O80), with an annual limit of 3 halibut with a recording requirement.
  • If the halibut charter allocation is below the Blue Line, implement an annual limit of 3 fish with a recording requirement, and a reverse slot limit with a maximum size limit of 80”. Incrementally reduce the lower size limit until projected harvest falls within the allocation.
  • If the halibut charter allocation is above the Blue Line, but below SPR, implement a reverse slot limit of U40:O80 and an annual limit of 5 fish with a recording requirement. Select a lower limit for the reverse slot to allow the largest lower limit while maintaining the projected harvest within the allocation.
  • If halibut charter allocation is at or above the SPR, implement an upper reverse slot limit of O80 and select a lower limit for the reverse slot to allow the largest lower limit while maintaining the projected harvest within the allocation. No annual limit.


    Area 3A 
  • The Council recommends the following 2016 management measures also be implemented in 2017; 
  • a two fish bag limit with a maximum size limit of one fish of 28 inches; 
  • an annual limit of four fish (with a recording requirement); 
  • Wednesdays closed all year; status quo trip limits.

  • In addition, the following are new management measures recommended for 2017. Assuming a 1.32% reduction in charter halibut harvest for each Tuesday closed during the season, the Council recommends closing the minimum number of Tuesdays required to bring the projected charter removals below the charter allocation, as described in the table below, and as specified in the catch sharing plan.
Amended motion passed unanimously 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Recreational Roundtable with NOAA Fisheries Administrator, Eileen Sobeck and staff

Fun get-together last night: 

A diverse group of charter boat operators, recreational sportfishermen, commercial fishing representatives, ADF&G staff, and Eileen Sobeck, NOAA Administer of Fisheries got together in Anchorage last night.


Ms Sobeck is retiring after 37 years of federal service on January 20th, 2017. Russell Dunn, who is well-known as sport fishing's liaison to NOAA Fisheries on recreational issues, was also in attendance.

The Alaska Charter Association (ACA) and the South East Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO) in conjunction with  NOAA Fisheries co-hosted a Recreational Fishing Roundtable at the Alaska Heritage Hotel Wednesday night.

Sobeck announced that she was a "short-timer" but she hoped the work her team had done over the past three years would provide a basis for the new administration to build on.

NOAA released a new Policy on Recreational Fisheries this year, and they promised a look at the way rec fishing data is used and consider new ways to bring flexibility to sportfish catch monitoring.

ACA members who attended had an opportunity to share their immediate and long-term concerns about our fishing industry. There was a good cross-section of regions providing commentary about Alaska's sport fisheries.

Special thanks to guys like Eric Lehm, Ben Martin and all the other young recreational fishing charter captains who came and testified for the RQE. 

ACA President Richard Yamada gave info on the development of the CATCH program, and how he got grants for seed money to develop a way out of the allocation shortage we have in Alaska.



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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

North Pacific Fishery Management Council this week

We're getting started this morning at the Charter Halibut Management Committee this morning. Reps are discussing options for 2017.