Sunday, March 19, 2017

SITKA PORT MEETING

Everyone was fishing on Sunday!!! If there is not an opening on Monday, we will hold a Port meeting. Not sure what site might be available, so please look for updates, they will be posted here.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

CHANGE OF TIMES SITKA MEETINGS !!!!

The Port Meeting in Sitka has been re-scheduled for 7pm on Sunday 3/19 at the NSRAA conference room. Also, due to the herring schedule or lack of schedule, the SEAS Board meeting will be at 7pm March 18th at the Silver Bay office. Folks are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SEAS PORT MEETING IN SITKA

SEAS will hold a Port meeting in Sitka Sunday March 19th at 2 pm in the NSRAA conference room. There will be a SEAS Board meeting immediately following. Questions concerning the meeting or other items can be sent to info@seiners.net

Monday, March 06, 2017

AQUACULTURE BOARD MEETINGS

NSRAA will hold their Spring meeting March 8th and 9th starting at 9am at the NSRAA Board Room in Sitka. SSRAA will hold  several planning meetings on March 7th and their Board meeting on the 8th at the Cape Fox Lodge. Attend, keep informed, let your Board member know your opinion.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

THANKS REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ

Representative Ortiz has added several amendments to the Fish and Game operating budget. The one we specifically like is adding BACK $119,000 to partially fund aerial surveys in SE. Let's hope it sails through the process!

HB115 Keep Your Eye on This

HB 115 is a tax bill calling to tap the permanent fund and establish a state sales tax. The problem is that they have added language to a section ( 43.22.050) of the bill that would make skippers liable to collect state income tax on all crew members if a state tax is implemented. This would be a nightmare! Why they are singling out crew members and not other groups who hire contractors is a mystery. During the UFA's Spring meeting in February, we had the opportunity to address our delegation about how much this is not a workable scenario, and offered other methods of collecting said tax should the bill pass. Keep your eye on this one....

Friday, January 20, 2017

BUYBACK REFERENDUM RESULTS

The referendum to authorize an assessment to purchase 22 seine permits at a cost of $5.8 million was not approved by the required majority of permit holders.

180 (57%) out of the 315 ballots sent were returned to NMFS by the January 13 deadline.  Of the 180 ballots returned, 132 voted YES (in favor of the plan); and 48 voted NO (in opposition to the plan).  The 132 YES votes fell short of the required majority (158) necessary to approve the Plan. 

NMFS will publish the referendum results in the Federal Register next week. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

LAST DAY TO CAST YOUR BALLOT

Today is the last day to send in your vote on the buy back. SEAS tried to provide you with information to make an informed decision. It's important for future opportunities that there is a good response to the vote, so NOAA feels their time and effort to conduct these are well spent. So, no pressure, yes or no, just keep your ability to make these decisions an option in the future.