Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Incidental Take Authorization: Hilcorp Alaska LLC Oil and Gas Activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska

NOAA Fisheries, upon request from Hilcorp Alaska LLC (Hilcorp), hereby issues regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska, over the course of five years (2019-2024). These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOA) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking. In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act, as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby additionally given that a LOA has been issued to Hilcorp to take marine mammals incidental to oil and gas activities.

(Read more here.)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Trump Administration Appoints Campbell & Kimball to North Council

We are pleased to hear the administration agreed with the Alaska Charter Association's nominations for appointments to the North Council.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council includes members from Alaska and Washington.

2019 appointees will fill two obligatory seats for Alaska.

Obligatory seats:

Cora J. Campbell (Alaska)

Nicole S. Kimball (Alaska)

Homer in October: We Tell the North Council to Reduce By Catch.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets in Homer, Alaska at Land's End Resort the first week of October.

Trawl by catch is on the agenda and the Alaska Charter Association is partnering with the North Pacific Fisheries Association and the Homer Charter Association to organize public comment.

We'll be there and would like to hear from any charter operators or halibut anglers who want to speak up on the issue of trawl by catch of Pacific halibut and salmon.

The North Council will have a block room rate available for attendees, at the Land's End Resort and Best Western Bidarka, where the Advisory Panel will meet. The Council and staff will be at Land's End.

Even if you can't make it, there will be opportunity for public comment in writing. The Council makes it easy to do online. The documents and agenda will be posted soon, and we'll let you know when that's available.

See you in Homer- for details about the meeting visit the North Pacific Fishery Management Council website for the meeting agenda, documents and online comment form.