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. 

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