Thursday, February 24, 2011

2011 South Alaska Peninsula Area State-Waters P. Cod Season Opening Delayed

Emergency Order Number 40GF-07-11

According to the Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G), the South Alaska Peninsula Area state-waters Pacific cod season opening will be delayed for 24 hours until 12 p.m. (Noon) on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 because of severe weather conditions. The National Weather Service (NWS) marine weather 48-hour forecast issued at 4 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 for Area 155 contained gale warnings.

If the NWS Area 155 marine weather 48-hour forecast issued at 4 a.m., February 25, contains gale warnings, the season will be delayed for an additinal 24 hours. Season opening delays may continue on a rolling basis for 7 days beyond the initial opening date.

ADF&G will manage the 2011 South Peninsula Area state-waters Pacific cod fishery based on in-season reports from fishery participants. Reports will be taken daily, starting at 9 a.m. by Matrix dispatch (7894), phone (907) 486-1840 or email: .

For further details, contact the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Kodiak at (907) 486-1840.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Aleutian Islands Dist. 2011 State-Waters P. Cod GHL Announced

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2011 Aleutian Islands District state-waters Pacific cod season is 15,542,430 pounds. The GHL will be apportioned so that a maximum of 70% is available prior to June 10 (A season), and 30% plus any unharvested amount from the A season is available beginning June 10 (B season). The state-waters season will take place inside state waters of the Aleutian Islands District west of 170 degrees W longitude.

GHL (pounds)

A Season prior to June 10: 10,879,701

B Season beginning on June 10: 4,662,729

Total: 15,542,430

The state-waters Pacific cod season in the Aleutian Islands District will open, as announced in a subsequent news release, four days after the closure of the initial parallel catcher-vessel trawl season for Pacific cod in the federal Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands Area. The parallel Pacific cod season is closed in the Aleutian Islands west of 170 degrees W long. during the state-waters Pacific cod season. Fishermen should note that the management plan provides for the parallel season to be opened, and the state-waters season closed, on April 1 and September 1.

The daily harvest limit of Pacific cod in the state-waters season for each vessel is 150,000 pounds round weight, with a maximum of 150,000 pounds of unprocessed Pacific cod on board the vessel at any time.

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