Friday, June 23, 2017

Alaska Legislature Averts Shutdown

Alaska Legislature averts shutdown with nine days to spare

By James Brooks, Morris News Service-Alaska/Juneau Empire, Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:02am
With nine days to spare, the Alaska Legislature has averted a statewide government shutdown.
At 1:04 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a joint House-Senate conference committee approved a compromise budget that funds state government past July 1 using savings from Alaska’s Constitutional Budget Reserve.
The Senate voted 16-1 just before 9 p.m. to approve the deal, and the House followed suit, 31-8, just after 10 p.m.
“This is very much a compromise budget, and that’s what we’ve been down here working on,” said Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer and House chairman of the conference committee.
“No one got what they fully wanted. We had to concede; they had to concede, and we came up with this compromise package,” said Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel and Senate chairman of the conference committee…

Thursday, June 22, 2017


I've had several calls about experienced and in-experienced crew members. I have a list of names, resumes, and contact information if you find yourself in need of a crew member as the season proceeds along. Also, there is one fisherman out of Sitka who has a SE permit, net, etc... but finds himself without a boat. Contact the SEAS office at 907-220-9466 if you want any information about either.

Monday, June 19, 2017


Invitation to Bid: Canoe Pass Test Fishing

 SSRAA and ADF&G are participating in a cooperative test fishery at Canoe Pass, located on southern Etolin Island, to establish a baseline survey. This survey is designed to evaluate the presence of non-targeted/bycatch salmon species in Canoe Pass that may occur during the normal run timing of the summer chum salmon stock during terminal fisheries.

In this cooperative agreement, SSRAA will contract purse seine vessel(s) to conduct baseline fishing using traditional seine gear. The seine activities will be conducted as a one day charter each week over a 5-week period. The contract vessel(s) will be responsible for their own crew and supplies including food, fuel, and net. (full length net and minimum 3 ½ strips in depth).

The sampling period is during statistical weeks 28 through 32, which correspond to the calendar weeks of July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, and August 6th. The sampling day during the week will be timed on approximately 7 day intervals, although modifications can be made for weather delays, common property seine openings, or other unforeseen circumstances.

The contract seiner will be required to have enough deck space to accommodate 2 ADF&G personnel and fish sampling gear during the day’s activities. SSRAA will coordinate transportation for ADF&G personnel to the contract seiner. Details regarding the minimum number of sets made for each baseline sampling period, the number of additional sets, and set locations will be developed by ADF&G in an operational plan. In no case, however, will the charter extend for longer than one day fishing per week, and no berthing space or food for ADF&G personnel is required.

 SSRAA requests that respondents bid on the work as a daily charter rate in a lump sum amount for one or more of the five charter days. The 5 charters can be bid at different daily rates. Single vessel and multi-vessel group proposals will be accepted. Bids will be received in writing (email accepted), due on or before 3:00 pm Monday, June 26, 2017. All inquiry phone calls and bid proposals will be kept confidential until after the bid opening at 3:00 pm on Monday, June 26, 2017 at SSRAA administrative offices.

 SSRAA reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received; to negotiate different terms and conditions which may differ from the initial proposals received; and to award any contracts in a manner which is determined to be the most beneficial to SSRAA.

 For further details, questions, or to place a bid please contact David Landis or Bret Hiatt at SSRAA, 14 Borch Street Ketchikan, Alaska 99901; (907) 225-9605 or or

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Potential Government Shutdown

Fishermen!! Do you and your crew have all your licenses and permits?

The Governor's Office is sending out press release after press release from all governmental agencies concerning possible impacts if a State budget is not passed by July 1. There are numerous for the fishing industry including but not limited to the following- licenses

  • Suspension of fishing loan requests
  • Issuance of licenses and permits
  • Management of Bristol Bay Sockeye fishery
  • Sampling done by the Department for Pacific Salmon Treaty
  • Sampling by the Department for North Pacific Fisheries Management Council
  • Impact to the International Pacific Halibut Commission's stock assessment program
  • Numerous DEC programs such as oil spill response 
There are too many to list... But could impact Alaskans and Fishers on several fronts. Just make sure you have all you crew licenses and permits up to date so you are able to at least fish!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fire Extinguisher Services

Southeast Extinguisher Service Inc will be in Wrangell June 11-13; Petersburg June 14-20, to provide services compliant with Coast Guard regulations. Their number is 790-2522 and their travel calendar is on their web site.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Shore Aids/Day Boards in Portlock Harbor and Klag Bay-

The Coast Guard is considering dis-establishing these in light of current navigational aids. Robert Nendza of the Cutter “Maple” is seeking input. Please contact him is you would like them to remain. You can email him at

Monday, May 15, 2017

Seattle Port Meeting

SEAS Port meeting June 1st!
10 am - noon, Nordby Building @ Fishermen's Terminal 3919 18th Ave West. Contact Board member Laugh Leach (206) 849-6417 with questions or for directions.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Chris Peterson F/V Atlantis Memorial Golf Tournament MAY 19th!

36 teams are already entered, but there is room for a couple more if you haven't already signed up. There's a lunch at noon and a dinner around 7:30 pm with silent auction etc... if that is more your speed. All proceeds go to Seattle Children's Hospital in Chris' name. A fun event for a great cause!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Dockside Exams in Petersburg

Attention Petersburg Commercial Fishermen

Several Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner will be in Petersburg conducting Fishing Vessel Dockside Exams from 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 16th thru 1:00 PM, Friday, May 19thThese vessel examinations are free, take about an hour and help ensure your vessel is equipped with all federally required equipment.  Vessels that pass the examination will be issued a Dockside Exam Decal that is valid for 2 years. 

On October 15, 2015, these exams became mandatory for Commercial Fishing Vessels that operate more than 3 NM off the outer coast of Southeast Alaska.

  Vessel owners seeking information on what federal safety requirements apply to their vessel can go to and select the link for “Generate your own checklist”, then follow the directions to launch the Checklist Generator.  This tool will enable you to create a custom list of requirements that apply to your vessel, crew size, fishery and operating area.  This process has proven extremely valuable to fishermen preparing their vessel for a Dockside Exam.  I am also available by phone or email (see above) to answer any questions about the requirements for your vessel prior to my arriving in Petersburg.

Anyone interested in scheduling an exam while we are in town
should sign up at the Harbormaster’s Office. 

Sincerely, Steve Ramp

Steve Ramp
USCG  Marine Safety Detachment
329 Harbor Drive, Suite 202
Sitka, Alaska 99835
W: (907) 966-5620
C: (907) 738-7267

Sunday, March 19, 2017


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


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 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

Monday, March 06, 2017


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


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


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


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.