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Sitka Advisory Committee

Below are updates, Proposals, Links, & Information

Pertaining to The Sitka Advory Committee.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Request your support in protecting the Sitka Sound Herring stock and the subsistence harvest of herring eggs through letters of support for  Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA) herring proposals or if possible through direct oral testimony to the Board of Fisheries (BoF) at its January 2018 meeting being held in Sitka.

 

Download their full letter Titled "Sitka Tribe of Alaska" at the bottom of the page. Additionally you may submit comments directly to Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) by clicking herehttp://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main

 

!! IImportant !! Letters of Support are due in by December 28th 2017 and maybe submitted in the form of a letter or may be submitted online. Online submissions Click on the ADF&G link above. Once on the comments form choose "Southeast & Yakutat Finfish and Shellfish" Board meeting.

 

Recap of Sitka Advisory Meeteing

A quick recap of 2018 Board of Fisheries herring proposals relevant Sitka Sound herring. This information is an update from the Sitka Advisory Committee and recent local meetings.

 

STA - Sitka Tribe of Alaska

AC - Sitka Advisory Committee (board of Fish)
 

Proposal 99

What: Reduces the maximum harvest of Sitka Sound herring from 20% to 10%. STA Supports

 

ANB/ANS Resolution 1701 Supports:

 

AC/Board of Fish: Supports an amended version, changing the formula for the
Sitka harvest rate to be equivalent to the formula used for the rest of the state.

 

Proposal 106

What: Expands closed waters to include waters south of Big Gavanski Island, as originally suggested by subsistence harvesters STA: Supports AC: Opposes. The AC briefly debated an amended version that would include waters south of Little Gavanski Island.
 

Proposal 104

What: Repeals waters closed to commercial sac roe fishery around Middle Island STA:
Opposes AC: Oppose

 

Proposal 94

What: Reduces amount reasonably necessary for subsistence to 60,000 pounds
of herring eggs STA: OpposesAC: Oppose

 

Proposal 105

What: Closes southern Nakwasina Sound, Katlian Bay, and Aleutkina Bay to commercial sac roe harvest STA: Supports AC: Oppose
 

Proposal 98

What: Reduces the maximum harvest of Sitka Sound herring from 20% to 10% and requires state to account for herring predators such as whales. STA: Supports AC: Oppose
 

Proposal 107

What:Establishes a commercial spawn-on-kelp fishery if  at least 1,500 tons remain from the Guideline Harvest Level STA: Opposes AC:
Opposes

 

A Letter to Board of Fisheries The AC voted to write a letter to the Board of Fisheries
expressing the need for herring conservation and concern for the subsistence harvest. If the Board does not approve the AC's amendment to Proposal 99, the letter will urge the Board to "find another way to help subsistence users". The letter will be drafted in the next week or so. And will be shared availble to download.

 

A few other links of
interest-Board of Fisheries comment form: 

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=process.comments
 
-Peter Bradley of the Island Institute has
digitized testimony from the 1997 Board of Fisheries meeting
and put it on this website: http://herring.rocks/

 

-The Herring Synthesis is a great document
relating to herring throughout Southeast: http://herringsynthesis.research.pdx.edu/final_docs/HerringSynthesisFINAL102710.pdf

 

-Here is a link to the proposal book so people can read proposals in full: 

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/regprocess/fisheriesboard/pdfs/2017-2018/proposals/2017-2018_proposal_book.pdf
 

-I will send you a few form letters once they are
finished - probably early next week.

 

-If you are a visual person, these two figures
show how the proposed amendment to Proposal 99.

 

We encourage you to testify at the board of fisheries in January

Protecting our Resources

Sitka Tribe of Alaska
Letter from Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA) requesting letters of Support. Support letters are due by December 28th 2017 and can be submitted in letter for or online.
Letter of Support Request.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [352.9 KB]
Quotas and guideline harvest levels for Southeastern Alaska Area
Sitka Tribe of Alaska 10% Harvest Cap.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [12.2 KB]
Waters closed to herring fishing in Southeastern Alaska Area
Sitka Tribe of Alaska Subsistence Zone [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [39.2 KB]
Waters closed to herring fishing in Southeastern Alaska Area 2
Sitka Tribe of Alaska Subsistence Zone.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [13.2 KB]
Proposal 94 - Customary and traditional subsistence use of fish stocks and amount necessary for subsistence use
94.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [12.8 KB]
Proposal 104 - Waters closed to herring fishing in Southeastern Alaska Area
104.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [15.1 KB]
Sitka Advisory Committee Tentative Agen[...]
Microsoft Word document [135.7 KB]
Sitka Advisory Committee Tentative Agen[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [124.9 KB]

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