Friday, March 26, 2021
NELSON LAGOON DOCK CLOSURE MAY 1 — JULY 15, 2021
The Aleutians East Borough will be conducting repairs on the Nelson Lagoon Dock.
The dock will be closed for use May 1 through July 15, 2021.
For more information please contact Anne Bailey at (907) 274-7580
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 25, 2021
CARES Act Update
For Immediate Release: February 25, 2021
Spend Plan Approved – Section 12005 CARES Act Funding
(Anchorage, AK) – On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced allocations of Section 12005 CARES Act fisheries assistance funding to all costal states and territories. Alaska will receive $50 million of the $300 million available for this assistance program. The spend plan provides eligibility criteria for participants in each of the sectors, which are seafood processing, commercial harvesting, sport charter, subsistence, and aquaculture. The spending plan will allocate 100% of available funds as direct payments to fishery participants in eligible sectors. While all sectors have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, available funds will only cover a portion of the losses incurred by affected fishery participants.
On February 25th the state received approval on the state’s draft spend plan, with required changes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) The approved spend plan is available on the Department of Fish and Game’s home page www.adfg.alaska.gov.
To receive approval from NOAA on the spend plan, the state was required to change residency requirements for commercial harvesters. The spend plan draft submitted by the State of Alaska allowed all nonresident commercial harvesters to apply to Alaska for relief if they held Alaskan permits. The state was notified by NOAA during the review process that only nonresident commercial harvesters who do not reside in a state that received a Section 12005 allocation could be eligible in Alaska.
Applications for all sectors, except subsistence, will be made available on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission webpage on March 1st www.psmfc.org/cares-act-the-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act. NOAA is currently working with US Fish and Wildlife Service to identify subsistence users across Alaska. Once they have completed this task, subsistence will be come available. Completion date is unknown at this time.
For questions or inquiries related specifically to Alaska’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance relief please email AKCares@psmfc.org or call toll-free: 1-888-517-7262. If you have the ability to email, you may receive a quicker response due to the large volume of calls anticipated to be received.
Kari Winkel, (907) 465-6141, email@example.com
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Alaska Board of Game delays consideration of Southwest Alaska game proposals; Board of Fish to consider future meeting schedule changes next week
The Alaska Board of Game met today in Work Session via webconference, the first agenda item in the afternoon was rescheduling of meetings for the 2020/2021 Board of Game meeting cycle. The Board decided to delay all future in-person meetings of the Board for one year, due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns, and to move the entire cycle forward one year.
The Board of Game was scheduled to meet January 22nd through the 29th 2021 in person in Wasilla to consider game proposals for Central and Southwest Alaska, including game management units (GMU) 9 & 10. That meeting is now postponed for one year, until January 21-28, 2022. The call for proposals will be re-released for public input. The Board of Game will hold a special teleconference meeting March 18th 2021 to address only pressing issues.
Current game proposals in GMUs 9 & 10 of interest to Aleutians East Borough residents:
- Proposal 25: Review the management findings for Unimak caribou and determine objectives
- Proposal 26: Determine customary and traditional uses of the Unimak Island caribou herd
- Proposal 28: Remove the resident bag limit of one brown bear every four years in Unit 9
- Proposals 33 through 50 propose varying solutions to nonresident harvest of Emperor geese in game management units 9, 10 & 17.
The current Alaska Board of Game proposal book for the 2020/2021 cycle can be found here.
The Joint Boards of Fish and Game Committee had met on January 19 to review options for meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee members agreed that in-person meetings are the real strength of the Board process, but in-person meetings are currently extremely problematic due to COVID-19.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries is scheduled to consider any changes to their meeting schedule at a special meeting on January 25th at 1pm, to be livestreamed here.
Board of Fish currently scheduled meetings that may be impacted:
- Statewide All Shellfish March 5-10, 2021
- Prince William Sound Finfish and Shellfish March 30-April 5, 2021
- Southeast and Yakutat Finfish & Shellfish April 17-29, 2021
- Alaska Peninsula, AI,BS & Chignik Pacific Cod October 22-23 , 2021
- Bristol Bay Finfish November 28-December 4, 2021
- Arctic / Yukon / Kuskokwim Finfish January 8-12, 2022
- Alaska Peninsula/Aleutian Island/Chignik Finfish February 18-23, 2022
- Statewide Finfish and Supplemental Issues March 11-14, 2022
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Friday, October 2, 2020
November 15 deadline to apply for Emergency Assistance & Economic Stimulus.
October 30 deadline to apply for Non-profit & Civic organization relief.