Tuesday, June 04, 2019
This just in from ADF&G
Update on the distribution of funds for the 2016 GOA pink salmon fisheries disaster. The State has learned that the federal government is moving forward with the funds distribution process for 1) research projects related to pink salmon in the affected areas (~$3.6 million), and 2) direct payments to fishery participants (permit holders and crew ~$31.8 million) and processors (~$17.7 million) affected by the disaster. The State does not currently have the final distribution amounts or a timeline for the distribution of funds, but we are pleased that the process is moving forward and are hopeful the process details will be available soon. The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission will be administering the program and will provide implementation details.
The federal government has not yet approved the proposed direct payments to municipalities (~$2.4 million), so the State is working with Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the federal government to identify an acceptable process for distributing disaster funds to affected municipalities.
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Monday, June 03, 2019
Pink Salmon Disaster Relief Funding
Hard to stay positive when this was a 2016 declaration!
Murkowski’s office reported that OMB has approved all the disaster relief funding components with the exception of the community aspect (2.4) and that NOAA will be dispersing those funds shortly to fishermen and processors. NOAA missed the June 1st deadline, so now the agency is aiming to release the grant funding by the next cycle on July 1st. Three years into this process, what is clear is that the only consistency with federal timelines is delay.
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Friday, May 24, 2019
Scott Kelley has been hired as UFA’s Executive Administrator effective June, 2019. Mr. Kelley, a Juneau resident, brings vast experience in commercial fisheries as the former Director of Commercial Fisheries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Scott’s immense knowledge of commercial fisheries in Alaska is well-respected and his relationship with commercial fishermen is extremely valuable. SEAS couldn’t be more pleased with this news! Mr. Kelley will be replacing retiring UFA employee Mark Vinsel who has dedicated 18 years to UFA. We thank Mark for all his years of service, and wish him the best in his retirement.
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Sunday, April 07, 2019
!ALERT NEED FOR ACTION!
1. Email and CALL your members in your groups encouraging them to participate in Public Testimony on both Wednesday, April 10 and Saturday April 13. Information on these meetings and instructions how to testify below.
2. Email and CALL your members encouraging them to send in letters of opposition to ALL legislators via the Alaska State Public Opinion Message. This online message form is for residents of Alaska only. If members are not a resident of Alaska, they will need to email legislators directly. Attached to this email is a list of Legislator’s and their email addresses as well as phone numbers.
3. Share on Social Media- If your member group has social media, please share UFA posts or create your own posts encouraging people to testify and write letters of opposition. UFA will be sharing articles as well as ways to testify and send in comments.
To testify, watch or listen in to a hearing …
To testify it’s best to go to a Legislative Information office – see them online at http://akleg.gov/lios.php . If you can’t get to an LIO you can call in to listen in or testify through the following numbers - call & ask for the specific committee hearing:
- From Anchorage based phones call 907-563-9085;
- From Juneau based phones or outside Alaska call 907-586-9085;
- From other areas of Alaska, call toll-free 844-586-9085…and ask for the specific hearing.
These are the appointees-
Mr. Israel Payton of Wasilla is a lifelong Alaskan. Raised in Skwentna, Mr. Payton lived a subsistence lifestyle harvesting fish and game. His years of work experience throughout Alaska includes guiding, North Slope operator, commercial pilot, airplane mechanic, deck hand, and property manager. Currently, Mr. Payton works for Airframes Alaska, Alaska’s largest manufacturer and seller of aviation parts. Mr. Payton enjoys hunting, fishing, and flying. He has participated in the Board of Fisheries & Game meetings for many years and is a past Advisory Committee member.
Ms. Marit Carlson-Van Dort, a born and raised Alaskan, spent over a decade salmon seining and forging a strong appreciation of Alaska’s fishery resources as a young woman. Ms. Carlson-Van Dort received her BS in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate work in Fisheries Science and Secondary Education. She has a background in both the private and public sectors, with experience in government affairs, environmental policy, permitting, development, and community outreach. Ms. Carlson-Van Dort currently serves as director of external affairs for Nana Regional Corporation.
Mr. Gerad Godfrey of Eagle River grew up commercial fishing in the Kodiak Island Fishery for twelve years. He spent fourteen years working on the North Slope and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the Port of Valdez. Mr. Godfrey has worked for Afognak Native Corporation since 2009, recently becoming the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. Previously, he was Governor Walker’s senior policy advisor on rural affairs and served for 17 years as the chairman of the Violent Crimes Compensation Board. Mr. Godfrey has held numerous other board seats including AFN, ANVCA, and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Karl Johnstone of Anchorage is married with four children. He has been a resident of Alaska since 1967. Karl graduated with a BS in Production Management in 1964 and with Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona. He practiced law until 1979 when Governor Hammond appointed him to the Superior Court. He served as Presiding judge for the last four years until retiring in 1996. Karl previously served as member and chairman of the Board of Fisheries from 2008-2015.
Mr. Payton is currently on the Board of Fish and will continue to serve per his reappointment. Mr. Johnstone and Ms. Carlson-Van Dort will take their seats on the Board of Fish immediately, with Mr. Godfrey taking his seat on July 1, 2019.
SEAS letter- available at this link:
Executive Director SEAS
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Monday, January 28, 2019
Ballots for the SEAK purse seine buyback will be mailed to permit holders this coming Friday
(Feb. 1). The 30-day period for the refeendum will be February 4 - March 6. Questions?
call (907) 220-7630
BOATERS BEWARE OF VESSEL DOCUMENTATION FRAUD ONLINE-
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Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Please click on the below links, the first for a letter concerning the process, and second the announcement in the Federal Registry that is referred to in the letter. These items should be arriving in the mail to all permit holders.
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Saturday, November 03, 2018
Please click the link below to be directed to the 9 pages of questions and answers
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Friday, November 02, 2018
Ketchikan Fish and Game Advisory Committee
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Ketchikan Fish & Game Office Conference Room
2030 Sealevel Drive, 2nd floor
Agenda items include:
· Southeast Board of Game proposals
· Other Advisory Committee business
The Ketchikan Fish and Game Advisory Committee is a collection of community members from all user groups that come together, discuss Fish and Game issues and recommend changes to current regulations. They also represent their community before the Board of Fisheries and Board of Game at board meetings.
This is meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
A teleconference will be available for those not able to attend in person.
For teleconference info or with any questions, please contact:
Jessalynn Rintala, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Jessalynn.firstname.lastname@example.org, (907) 465-6097
John M. Scoblic, KTN AC Chairman email@example.com, (907) 617-6506
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