Get the latest news here! The Southeast Alaska Seiners Association was formed in 1968 by a group of concerned Ketchikan commercial salmon purse seiners. As time wore on in the early 1980's, SEAS expanded to include all of Southeast Alaska. Today the board of directors is from multiple towns throughout Southeast Alaska. Board members hail from Sitka, Petersburg, Ketchikan, Bellingham, Seattle and Burlington-Anacortes.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
The return forecast has been upgraded to 400,000 or so chum. If sufficient broodstock is collected there may be an opening on Thursday the 27th.
DIPAC has not done any cost recovery since Tuesday the 18th at Amalga. The last Seine opening will be at 9am on the 27th. The portion of the inner bay that was open last week is expected to be open again. The line is expected to be pulled back in toward the shore and not extend to Bird and Gull Island for the final opening. There will be a personal use Red Crab fishery starting at 5am on the 27th in the area, and heavy use of the Amalga boat launch is expected. If the effort by the seine fleet is similar to last week, the smaller SHA should not be a safety or efficiency concern for the fleet. DIPAC will start Friday to clean up any excess fish at Amalga.
The troll fishery has caught their allowed 200,000+ fish in the SHA and is now restricted to fishing in the Behm. SSRAA is half way to their cost recovery goal so needs about another 4 million pounds. They need about 200,000 fish for broodstock and have put about 50,000 over the barrier net. Neets has a long way to go before any potential rotation could occur. Numbers in the corridor fisheries don’t suggest a super, but rather an average return.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Plans for a District 4 Opening
From the Desk of Scott Walker Ketchikan Area Management BiologistA short discussion on the issues surrounding the District 4 purse seine fishery. This is a snapshot of the present situation which will change continually as the salmon return progresses.
In case you forgot:
The Pacific Salmon Treaty states that the United States shall…Manage the Alaska District 4 purse seine fishery prior to stat week 31 to harvest 2.45 % of the AAH of Nass and Skeena sockeye each year. The AAH is the total return of Nass and Skeena sockeye minus the escapement of 1.1 million fish. For this year where it looks like the treaty escapement won’t be met, we will be using actual escapement.
The 2016 Babine Counting Fence jack sockeye count was the worst on record, at less than 0.06% of normal. In addition, the proportion of 4 year-old sockeye in the 2016 Skeena sockeye aggregate was approximately 20%. As such, the total Skeena sockeye return (TR) was forecasted at 595,000. The latest Total Return To Canada (TRTC) was announced at 434,000 sockeye. We then estimate the Alaskan Catch and add it to the TRTC for a TR of 475,000. The Alaskan catch is based on a host of assumptions, but we have pretty good historical data. So, for District 4 we have around 7,000 Canadian sockeye + Alaskan sockeye for an estimated 11,000 total sockeyes to be harvested during the treaty period. Last year Canadian sockeye composed 59% of the D4 sockeye catch in the treaty period. We would expect it lower this year with the smaller forecast. This is summarized in the table below. The Canadians put out a update each Tuesday.
Nass River sockeye returns are forecasted to be slightly below the 20-year average with an expected Total Return to Canada (TRTC) of 454,000. The TRTC was announced yesterday at 262,000 sockeyes. Add Alaska Sockeye of 50,000 ? (20% of total return for recent 10 year period) for 310,000 – my guess is that it will eventually be lower.
So, my plan is to open D4 on Sunday for 10 to 15 hours. We have about 11,000 sockeye to harvest in 4 more potential openings . We are in continual discussion with our Canadian counterparts and are watching the Tyee Test Fishery closely. The plan after July 16 will depend on how our AAH performs, Canadian returns and Alaskan Catches.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Thanks to the Captain and Crew of the F/V Western Harvester
Harbor Master David Borg had this to say-
"I wanted to send a shout out to the Captain and Crew of the F/V Western Harvester for their timely assistance Monday morning. Harbor staff were made aware of a 24 foot Bayliner Trophy taking on water and sinking on D Float in Statter Harbor. Staff attempted to dewater the vessel but couldn’t get ahead of the flooding. The vessel sank at the dock. Western Harvester came alongside and were able to hoist the vessel out of the water enough to allow pumps to dewater the boat. They saved the owner a lot of time, money and aggravation with their quick response! Kudos to the Western Harvester crew!
PLEASE DUMP YOUR WASTE OIL APPROPRIATELY
The Harbormaster has been very helpful at accommodating commercial needs and concerns. There are recycle bins at Auke Bay for cardboard, plastic and aluminum. There is a 55 gal drum for your waste oil, but you are responsible to dump it out of the 5 gallon buckets, not leave it like this please!
I'm not saying it's only us, but please police our fleet so it's not a point of contention.
Thanks and good fishing!
July 13th Amalga Lines
These will be the lines for the Amalaga opening on July 13th.
Please don't use your sodium lights and don't anchor in the cost recovery area. There is not a place to dispose of waste oil at the Amalga boat launch. If you need to dispose of waste oil Auke Bay has that capability. Please give your garbage to the tender or dump at Auke Bay. Auke Bay trash is collected every day, Amalga only once a week. The trash outside the dumpster is causing bear problems. There will not be another garbage pick up til Thursday and the dumpster is already overflowing.
Other than that, good fishing!!
Line change at Amalga
The lines at Amalga will encompass most of the SHA. Map and lines will be posted as soon as they are released by Fish & Game.
Monday, July 03, 2017
Official Amalga lines
The sliver of an extended area we hoped for will not occur this opening or probably this year. Below is the are the Area Management Biologist will open-- Please do not anchor in the colored area until 6 pm on Wednesday. Thanks!
Sunday, July 02, 2017
AMALGA - DON'T ANCHOR IN COLORED AREA!!!
PLEASE!!! STAY OUTSIDE THE GREEN OR BLUE AREA, HOWEVER IT APPEARS IN YOUR COPY, UNTIL WEDNESDAY AT 6 PM.
THESE ARE PROPOSED LINES, LOOK TO THE FISH AND GAME ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CONFIRMATION OF LINES.
DO NOT USE YOUR SODIUM LIGHTS PLEASE! ALSO BE RESPECTFUL OF RESIDENCE IN THE AREA CONCERNING NOISE, GARBAGE, ETC.....
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