Friday, February 26, 2010

ADF&G Announces Weather Delay for South Alaska Peninsula State-Waters Pacific Cod Opening

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has announced that the South Alaska Peninsula state-waters Pacific cod opening has been delayed until noon tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010), weather-permitting. ADF&G’s Westward Region said it’s possible the weather may cause another delay. Fish and Game will post another update between 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. The National Weather Service will issue its marine weather 48-hour forecast at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow.

During the 2007 Board of Fisheries meeting, a weather-delay provision for the South Alaska Peninsula state-waters Pacific cod fishery was adopted into regulation. The regulation states that if the National Weather Service marine weather forecast for Area 155 calls for gale warnings (35 knots), the opening will be delayed for 24 hours.

To avoid any confusion, the forecast must contain a gale warning, not a small craft advisory, for a delay to occur.

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