Saturday, January 14, 2012
First post of 2012
OK. There's a bit going on that hasn't been on here.
1. Elections. With no opposition, the SEAS board remains the same. Remember, there are elections every year. The call for nominations comes out September 1. Elections occur in mid October through mid-November on years when someone opposes at least one of the board members.
2. Board of Fish. All of the anti-seine proposals were withdrawn in a joint agreement between USAG and SEAS. The 58 foot limit proposal ( not introduced nor supported by SEAS) as well as the 2 net proposal (supported and written by SEAS) will remain on the Board of Fish docket.
SEAS was assisted with $10,000 in support by PSVOA for the Ketchikan Board of Fish meeting Feb 25- March 5. We have 2 very large suites on Creek Street, just below the meeting area by the Cape Fox Lodge. While we are confident that we will avoid the acrimony a USAG-SEAS fight would have promoted, we could still use all the support and brainpower there for the seine fishery.
3. Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction. The Kootznahoo Corporation has filed an injunction with the Federal Government and will be presenting it's options for closing down Chatham Strait to commercial purse seining. The issue will be before the SE Regional Advisory Council to attempt to usurp state management of our fishery.
4. The SRA and the Buyback. It appears that there is consensus for the SRA board to accept the latest bid program. The official numbers and permit holders chosen in this 2nd round will be available very soon, after the SRA board has submitted the names to the NMFS Financial Services Division, who will then conduct the vote. Since the last time we posted, the very first round was rejected due to some technical flaw in the first round of bids. So a 2nd round was begun immediately, November 28-December 28, and it is this round that we await the details of the consensus agreement amongst the 7 board members of the SRA.
5. Winter Traction. It appears that we may likely have lost some of our record pink salmon spawners contributions due to the massive flooding conditions we had from August through the fall. Now we got lucky with no first freeze prior to today. Yet today we are looking at sub-zero temperatures into the next week, dropping to 20-30 below zero wind-chill conditions in northern Southeast. So it's off to what this pink-tracker thinks will be a sub-par season in 2013, unless the temp eases up and we slide into a warmer spring. On a very positive note, the snowpack from this winter should give us lots of extra boost for our watersheds if we encounter any drought conditions this spring, summer or fall.
6. Favorite post on the fleet consolidation program. ..
The enabling federal law did not include processors paying for the seiner buyback.....deckboss, june 15... 926am... (you guessed it, anonymous)
Their point here is that our bill in the spring of 2010, which made it a processor fish ticket responsibility to collect the 3% assessment, was unfair. Somehow, although we will be paying it in the imputed fish price, this poster thinks that we got the processors to pay the entire thing.
Of course that's another good reason to support the program.
at 8:05 PM