Friday, May 31, 2019
As sea ice melts, fish are showing up farther north off Alaska. A federal fishing trip will investigate if they’re sticking around.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
North Council staff and Kurt Iverson have arranged for a charter and recreational fishing meeting to be held in Sitka on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:00pm.
The roundtable will be held in conjunction with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's meeting in Sitka.
It will be on Thursday, June 6 from 5:00 to 7:30pm at Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Dr. We will be located in the combined Silver/Chum room, which is the same room used by the Council's Advisory Panel.
Council Member Andy Mezirow will be there, and so will ADFG staff.
The meeting will be informal. We will probably start by giving a quick overview of the Council process, including the annual setting of charter management measures. More than anything though, we want to provide an opportunity for sport fishermen and charter operators to ask questions, discuss their concerns, and identify any priorities.
Please spread the word.
Contact: Kurt Iverson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Look for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to explore options for increasing the allocation of halibut to the guided recreational angler sector. Here is the Council motion passed recently directing staff to nail down some alternatives and bring the Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) online:
RQE Motion for Staff tasking
RQE Motion for Staff tasking
The Council directs staff to initiate a discussion paper to develop a mechanism for the Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) to fund the purchase of halibut quota share by selling halibut stamps to charter operators. The discussion paper should examine requiring all charter operators to purchase an RQE halibut stamp from the RQE for each guided angler, each day, that they plan to harvest halibut on a charter vessel operating in IPHC regulatory areas 2C and 3A. The discussion paper should:
- Include examples of the design specifications and implementation of numbered stamps used to harvest animals or fish – King Salmon, Duck or Deer tags for example.
- Inform the Council on the amount of revenue that could be generated by the sale of the stamps for guided halibut trips in regulatory areas 2C and 3A based on past participation. Consider 10 , 15, and 20 dollars per stamp. One day and three day stamps should be considered.
- Describe the amount of potential fees collected by the RQE from charter operators, and how fees would be used to purchase halibut QS and would also be used to fund administrative costs of the RQE program and all other purposes as dictated by federal law
- Describe a NMFS approval process for the design specifications of the stamps, and an annual financial review of the Stamps sold and other related RQE expenses.
- Monitoring and enforcement provisions if all guided halibut fishermen are required to be in possession of a valid RQE Halibut Stamp when harvesting charter halibut.
From the Magnuson-Stevens Act:
- SEC. 510. FEES.
- 18 (a) IN GENERAL.—The North Pacific Fishery
- Management Council may recommend, and the Secretary of
Commerce may approve, regulations necessary for the collection of fees from charter vessel operators who guide recreational anglers who harvest Pacific halibut in International Pacific Halibut Commission regulatory areas 2C
and 3A as those terms are defined in part 300 of title
(b) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section all ref- 1 50, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulations).
- 3 (b) USE OF FEES.—Any fees collected under this section shall be available, without appropriation or fiscal year limitation, for the purposes of financing administrative
costs of the Recreational Quota Entity program; the purchase of halibut quota shares in International Pacific Halibut Commission regulatory areas 2C and 3A by the recreational quota entity authorized in part 679 of title 50,
Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulations); halibut conservation and research; promotion of the
halibut resource by the recreational quota entity authorized in part 679 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulations)