BOARD OF FISH PROPOSALS
board meeting February 23- March 5, 2015 Sitka
I just figured we'd post the biggies on here. The other 27 proposals that have to do with your fishery will be in the next newsletter. I don't believe you need a map to understand the egregious nature of these proposals. SEALASKA lost 80 million dollars in 2013. SEALASKA members comprise 30% of the fleet -- so restrictions that hurt seiners, hurt the native communities of Saxman, Kake, Hoonah, Craig, Hybaburg, Klawock.
In 2011 I flew the Angoon shoreline and 3 of the 5 boats fishing in the area were SEALASKA shareholders.
I. TO CLOSE OR LIMIT SEINING
Proposal 193. Written by Kootznawoo Corp., Peter Naoroscz, Executive Director
Marsden to Parker Pt. and Whitestone shore
15 hour opening every 7 days only on seasons of high abundance.
Also, permanant closure of portions of District 12, Marsden shore, and District 14, Whitestone shore.
II. TO CLOSE OR LIMIT SEINING
Proposals 194,195,196,197 Written by Patty Philliops, Troller, longliner, tenderperson, Mayor of Pelican and seat on the Southeast Alaska Regional Advisory Council
Close most of Lisianski Inlet.
III. TO CLOSE OR LIMIT SEINING
Proposals 198. Written by ADFG
Close 9 miles of shoreline on Admiralty shore and 2 miles on Basket Bay shore.
IV. TO CLOSE OR LIMIT SEINING
Proposal 199. Written by Angoon Community Association.
Close ALL SEINING for 5 years on Admiralty Island, portions of Baranof and much of Chichigof.
V. TO CLOSE OR LIMIT SEINING
Proposal 200. Written by Kootznawoo, Inc., Peter Naraocz, Executive Director
Close ALL SEINING within 3000 feet of Admiralty Island.
Of course the irony here is that Kanalku, which had an escapement of 200 sockeye in 2003, after the largest recorded subsistence harvest in history in 1999, as well as an almost complete blockage of the jumping pool, and documented assurance that on high water years, up to 70% of the sockeye die trying to jump the notorious Kanalku Falls. The nonsentence there concludes thus. The irony is that the average run size at Kanalku since 2008 has been 2500 sockeye. It is what we call a rebuilt system.
Not only that, in 2012, the seine fleet caught about a dozen Kanalku sockeye. And in 2014 another dozen. But the OFFICIAL ADFG numbers of sockeye killed at the falls those 2 years is 2000.
2000 sockeye killed by the falls.
2 dozen killed by seiners.
Kanalku Falls have been blasted since 1968. Yes. Almost a half century. But there is still a 16 foot jump and official USFS and ADFG numbers put mortality at over 50% when years come with rainfall. Apparently droughts help the sockeye at Kanalku.
In any event. These proposals speak by thermselves and if not summarily dumped by the state, will be the most foul and rotten abuse of state's rights and the correct, abundance based management of state of Alaska salmon resouces.
Feel free to call the office -723-8267 if you need counseling or want to talk about how there could possibly even be proposals in existence that are so misdirected, hurtful, misinformed and downright evil.