Monday, April 5, 2010

NPFMC Meets April 6 - 13, 2010 in Anchorage

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (NPFMC's) Advisory Panel (AP) and the Scientific Statistical Committee (SSC) are meeting today, April 6, 2010, at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. The Council will begin meetings on Thursday, April 8, 2010 and plans to wrap up on April 13, 2010. Major issues include:

• Final action on groundfish annual catch limit requirements.
• Bering Sea Crab Rationalization Program:
Emergency exemptions from regionalization - stakeholder proposals.
Final action on western Aleutian Islands golden king crab regional delivery.
Crab management:
Preliminary review of Bering Sea Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Crab Annual Catch Limit Analysis and BSAI Snow/Tanner crab rebuilding plans.
• Preliminary Review of Pribilof blue king crab rebuilding plan.
• Groundfish issues:
Initial review: analysis for controlling Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Tanner crab bycatch.
Review discussion paper on GOA Chinook Salmon Bycatch.
Receive Amendment 80 Coop. report - Action as necessary.
• GOA Rockfish Program: Initial review of analysis for Central GOA limited access rockfish program.

For more information, click on the title of this post for a link to the agenda, or point your browser to:

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Gov. Parnell Announces Appointments to Alaska Board of Fisheries

Governor Sean Parnell reappointed Claud "Vince" Webster to the Alaska Board of Fisheries yesterday. He also appointed Thomas G. Kluberton of Talkeetna to a seat on the board. The remaining vacancy, created after Janet Woods stepped down, will be filled within 30 days, as required by law. For more information, read the press release below from the Governor's Web page.

April 1, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell yesterday reappointed Claude “Vince” Webster of King Salmon and appointed Thomas G. Kluberton of Talkeetna to the state Board of Fisheries.

The seven-member Board of Fisheries is responsible for conservation and development of the state’s fishery resources by setting seasons, bag limits, methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries. The board sets fishery management policy, and makes the allocation decisions which the Department of Fish and Game must carry out through its management of fishery resources. Appointees are subject to legislative confirmation.

Webster is finishing his first term on the Board of Fisheries, and is the current board chair. He is a set gillnetter in the Kvichak district in Bristol Bay, and a drift gillnet fisherman in the Naknek district. Webster is also an engineering equipment operator for the National Park Service, and previously worked as facilities and maintenance director for the Lake & Peninsula Borough School District.

Kluberton is the innkeeper at Fireweed Station Inn near Talkeetna. He served as a member of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly from 2006-09, and served on the borough mayor’s Blue Ribbon Sportsman’s Committee during that time. Kluberton was co-owner of K&K Service & Rental, and director of market research for Netsys Technologies Inc. He also worked as an information systems and management consultant for the State of Alaska.

The remaining vacancy on the Board of Fisheries, created by the resignation of Janet Woods on March 26, 2010, will be filled within 30 days as required by statute.