Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Potential interference from LED lighting

US Coast Guard Alert

August 15, 2018 Safety Alert 13-18
Washington, DC

Let us enlighten you about LED lighting! Potential interference of VHF-FM Radio and AIS Reception
The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) lighting on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment).
Radio frequency interference caused by these LED lamps were found to create potential safety hazards. For example, the maritime rescue coordination center in one port was unable to contact a ship involved in a traffic separation scheme incident by VHF radio. That ship also experienced very poor AIS reception. Other ships in different ports have experienced degradation of the VHF receivers, including AIS, caused by their LED navigation lights. LED lighting installed near VHF antennas has also shown to compound the reception.
Strong radio interference from LED sources may not be immediately evident to maritime radio users. Nonetheless, it may be possible to test for the presence of LED interference by using the following procedures:

1. Turn off LED light(s).
2. Tune the VHF radio to a quiet channel (e.g. Ch. 13).
3. Adjust the VHF radio’s squelch control
until the radio outputs audio noise.
4. Re-adjust the VHF radio’s squelch control until the audio noise is quiet, only slightly above the noise threshold.
Safety Alert 13-18
5. Turn on the LED light(s).
• If the radio now outputs audio noise, then the LED lights have raised the
noise floor. (Noise floor is generally the amount of interfering signals / static
received beyond the specific signal or channel being monitored.)
6. If the radio does not output audio noise, then the LED lights have not raised the noise
If the noise floor is found to have been raised, then it is likely that both shipboard VHF marine radio
and AIS reception are being degraded by LED lighting.
In order to determine the full impact of this interference, the Coast Guard requests those
experiencing this problem to report their experiences to Coast Guard Navigation Center1. Select
“Maritime Telecommunications” on the subject drop down list, then briefly describe the make and
model of LED lighting and radios effected, distance from lighting to antennas and radios effected,
and any other information that may help understand the scope of the problem.
This Safety Alert is provided for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or
international safety, operational, or material requirement. Developed by the U.S. Coast Guard,
Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Policy Division. Distributed by the Office of
Investigations and Analysis. Questions may be sent to HQS-PF-fldr-CGF-INV@uscg.mil.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Voter Registration Information

Voter Registration Information
Deadline July 22
 to register or change your registration, to be eligible to vote in the August 21 primary.
Candidates for Alaska Governor, Lt. Gov, U.S. House, 40 State House and 10 State Senate seats will compete in the primary election to become their party’s nominee in the November 6th general election. Registered voters have two ballot choices.
To vote the Republican Primary ballot you must be registered Republican, Nonpartisan or Undeclared.
Any registered voter may vote the combined Democratic, Libertarian, and Alaska Independence party ballot.

Sample ballots have been posted - see
Find out if you’re registered to vote and lookup your polling place location here:  
https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/  (you must use your full middle name if it is included in your registration or it will not match.)
Thousands of Alaskans are registering to vote or updating their voter registration using the new online voter registration system. Find it here: 
Prefer to register in-person, by mail, by fax, or by email? …Voter registration form: 
Voter Registration home page: 
Alaska Primary Election – August 21, 2018

Voting will begin August 6.
Winners of the primary election from their recognized political party (Alaskan Independence Party, Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party, and the Alaska Republican Party) will advance to the November 6th general election as their party’s nominee. Unaffiliated candidates will appear on the November 6general election ballots. For candidate contact and sample ballots see:
2018 Primary Election Candidate List – District Search
2018 General Election Candidate List (District Search)
2018 Primary Election Sample Ballots by District
Absentee and early voting home page
Important election dates for 2018
July 22:            Deadline for voter registration to vote in the August 21 Primary.
August 6:        Early, absentee in-person, special needs, and electronic submission voting begins
August 11:      Deadline for absentee ballot applications requesting by-mail ballots to be received
August 20:      Deadline for absentee ballot applications requesting electronic transmission ballots to be received
August 21:      PRIMARY ELECTION DAY - Absentee by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before this date, and electronic transmission ballots must be received by 8 p.m. AST.
October 7:       Last day to update voter registration or to register to vote in the general election
October 22:     Early, absentee in-person, special needs, and electronic submission voting begins
October 27:     Deadline for absentee ballot applications requesting by-mail ballots to be received
November 5:   Deadline for absentee ballot applications requesting electronic transmission ballots to be received
November 6:   GENERAL ELECTION DAY - Absentee by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before this date, and electronic transmission ballots must be received by 8 p.m. AST
*** Polls are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. AST

Look for voter registration and absentee ballot request forms at processor shoreside plants where you see the UFA Vote While You Fish poster.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Amalga Opening


DON’T anchor in the SHA area until they have finished with cost recovery for the week. DIPAC is done until after the fishery on the July 5th, but will be conducting cost recovery again afterwards. So each week you need to make sure they are done for the week before anchoring in the area.

DON’T leave your skiff unattended at the launch ramp.

DO be respectful of recreational users and residents of the area – Some key points; turn off the crab lights; don’t blast loud music at all hours. This area is basically people’s front yard, please be considerate.

DO dispose of garbage and oil in appropriate receptacles. If there is no room, please offload to the tender or dispose once there is room.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

36 Bids Accepted in Buy Back

Buy Back Update

The Southeast Revitalization Association (“SRA”) Board of Directors has accepted 36 permit bids of the 37 submitted. Official notifications are going out today to all bidders. NMFS has been notified and the process to hold a referendum has been initiated. We will keep you informed of the timing of ballots and other pertinent information as it comes available. If you have questions about the process please feel free to call SEAS at 907-220-7630.

Friday, May 11, 2018

AIS Vessel Information Verification Service (VIVS)

Before you head out for the season

If you have AIS, please verify that the registration is in compliance. Apparently there have been some duplicate numbers given out that make it unclear who is broadcasting, or that your broadcasting doesn't match your registration. Although the fines for non compliance can be significant, the Coast Guard has said that all vessels who have made a good faith effort to be in compliance will receive only a warning should there be an issue. The following link outlines the web sites to visit to troubleshoot and/or identify your status.


Monday, April 09, 2018

Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Capacity Reduction “Buyback”

Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Capacity Reduction “Buyback”

The Southeast Revitalization Association (“SRA”) has elected to conduct a new round of bidding. The bidding will be conducted consistent with the final federal rule (50 CFR 600.1107). The bid documents are nearly identical to those used in the prior rounds of bidding. The packets are going in the mail April 9, 2018, and should be received within a week. The mailing labels come directly from the CFEC database, so that is the address they will go to. If you believe you should receive a packet and have not in the next 10-days, you can contact the SRA Manager Robert Kehoe at 888-284-7733. Bids are due to the Juneau accounting firm by May 18th. The SRA Board will meet shortly after the bids have been tabulated to accept or reject any of the bids. Permit holders who submit bids are free to fish this summer. If a bid is accepted, the permit cannot be transferred or sold during the referendum period.
 You can contact the SRA manager or SEAS (907-220-7630) if you have any questions.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


SEAS/USAG BOF 2018 Agreement Summary

Hawk Inlet
USAG Proposal 157 was amended to remove all Amalga sockeye from counting in 15,000 Hawk Inlet cap and the time period was shortened to through July 22nd only.
Effective 2018-2020
SEAS pulled - 155, USAG pulled 156, both agree to oppose 158

Additional Opportunity Common property and Terminal

Additional Gillnet Opportunity D2, D6, D10 - USAG pulled (154, 169, 170)
THA rotational changes SEAS pulled (140, 143, 145, and 153)

Terminal Rotation changes-
Deep Inlet                                          Anita Bay
2018  1:2 G/S                                      2018  1:1 G/S
2019  1:1                                             2019  1:1
2020  1:1                                             2020  1:1

New THA Areas
SEAS agrees to not oppose 139 SE Cove and 150 Crawfish language to include Gillnet

Both agreed to oppose
    142 NSRAA Deep Inlet proposals
                146 Enhanced allocation plan removing DIPAC from value
                167 Closing waters in D12 D14 past ½ mile of the shoreline due to sockeye concerns
                168 Closing waters in D12 D14 due to king salmon concerns

                166 Creating an index fishery in D12