Friday, April 24, 2020

Governor Dunleavy Sets New Mandates for Charter Alaska Fishing Operations


Alaska Governor Dunleavy issued new guidelines for safely operating fishing charters this season. The state worked closely with industry on this and we support these efforts.

Even though these rules may not work for every charter fishing business, it is a step in the right direction and an encouraging sign. The state is addressing the need for keeping some economic activities going while reducing health risks significantly.

Read the Alaska mandate for Charter Fishing Vessels here.

Monday, April 20, 2020

NPFMC schedules special meeting via webconference May 15, 2020

May Special Meeting

The Council will meet May 15, 2020, at 12 pm Alaska time, via webconference for a special meeting to review emergency rule requests that have been submitted for Council consideration. The AGENDA is now available. Additional information and details will be added there and on NPFMC.org. It is strongly encouraged to submit comments in writing through links on the Agenda. The deadline for written comments is Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 5:00 pm (Alaska time). If you have questions about the logistics of the meeting or concerns about logging in, please email npfmc.admin@noaa.gov.


AKDFG Fishing Forums to be Hosted Temporarily Online

(Statewide) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Division of Sport Fish, will be temporarily moving the monthly fishing forums online beginning this month. The online fishing forums will be available on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game YouTube channel.

Our first online fishing forum titled, “Smoking, Canning, and Pickling Fish” will go through the steps of all three processes, two of which also apply to game meat. This fishing forum will be available Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 6:05 p.m on YouTube. ADF&G staff will be available to answer any questions in real-time from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the YouTube chat.

Looking to have the most interactive experience possible? Visit the ADF&G-wefishak Facebook page, and join the watch party event at the scheduled date and time above. The link to the YouTube video will be posted in the event after a brief live introduction, and viewers will be encouraged to click that link and watch the video. Questions about the video can be posed in the event discussion during the entire watch party, or on YouTube chat. Questions will be answered as they are received. At 7:30 p.m. after the video concludes, the presenter will go live again and answer any remaining questions and give some additional resources for viewers.

Pending how this delivery method is received, the Division hopes to continue serving our anglers by hosting fishing forums online until they can resume in person again. This is a free event for anyone wishing to watch and ask questions.

For more information, please contact the forum organizer Molly McCarthy-Cunfer at (907) 444-6030.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Alaska tourism businesses expect a lean year ahead

From Alaska Daily News, by Scott McMurren: 
Mike Flores owns Ninilchik Charters, with 12 boats that can accommodate from four anglers to 24. During the summer he runs fishing charters in Seward, in Homer, Ninilchik and on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.
“We’re not directly affected by the cruise shutdown,” he said, “although some customers do cruise for Alaska and then go fishing with us.“
About 40% of Ninilchik Charters’ business is local. Still, the season will be very different. “We’ve taken all of our bookings for May and June and moved them to 2021,” said Flores. In the meantime, the company is doing upgrades on the fishing boats and building more accommodations at their all-inclusive Soaring Eagle Lodge.
Read the whole article here: 
https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/travel/2020/04/18/alaska-tourism-businesses-expect-a-lean-year-ahead/

Monday, April 13, 2020

ACA Member Proposes Salmon Hatcheries

We received this letter from Rick Dale, a charter operator in Alaska: (sorry about the photo quality!)

Paperwork

From NOAA Fisheries:

In case you're not already aware of it, I want to call attention to the comment period for information collection requirements associated with charter businesses. I attached a copy of the Federal Register that announces the comment period and solicits comments. Comments must be received on or before April 24, 2020.


This notice is part of NMFS's obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The intent of the PRA is to minimize the time, effort, or financial resources needed by the public to generate, maintain, or provide information to the government.


In this case, NMFS is requesting a continuation of the requirements. The current requirements are:

ADFG logbooks
GAF permit report
GAF landing report
GAF / IFQ transfer application
Annual registration of CHP
Transfer application for CHPs
Application for Military CHPs
Appeals


Section III of the attached Notice provides information on the current time burden estimates for these collections. I've also attached a table that provides more estimates that the information requirements are based upon: the average annual number of submissions per person; the time to complete the forms, and miscellaneous costs.


Among other things, you might want to take a look at these estimates and comment on their accuracy. The Notice indicates how you can submit comments on these and other parts of the current data collections.


Please let me know if you have any questions, and please feel free to distribute this notice among your fellow charter operators. If you have any questions, I'm happy to help.


-Kurt


Kurt Iverson
Fishery Management Specialist
National Marine Fisheries Service; Alaska Region
PO Box 21668
Juneau, AK 99802
tel: (907) 586-7210