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REGULATIONS CHANGE OF THE ALASKA BOARD OF FISHERIES
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:10:41 AM »
NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE

REGULATIONS OF THE ALASKA BOARD OF FISHERIES


 

The Alaska Board of Fisheries proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 5 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with fishery and aquatic plant resources in the areas designated below, including the following: 

 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1.      <!--[endif]-->IN THE ARCTIC-KOTZEBUE, NORTON SOUND-PORT CLARENCE, YUKON, KUSKOKWIM (collectively referred to as Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim or A-Y-K Areas), BRISTOL BAY, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, AND ALASKA PENINSULA SUBSISTENCE, COMMERCIAL, AND PERSONAL USE FINFISH FISHERY AREAS, AND ATKA-AMLIA ISLANDS COMMERCIAL FINFISH FISHERY AREA; IN THE BERING SEA-KOTZEBUE, KUSKOKWIM, BRISTOL BAY, AND ALASKA PENINSULA-ALEUTIAN ISLANDS COMMERCIAL HERRING FISHERY AREAS; IN THE NORTH SLOPE, NORTHWESTERN, YUKON RIVER, TANANA RIVER,  KUSKOKWIM-GOODNEWS, BRISTOL BAY, AND ALASKA PENINSULA & ALEUTIAN ISLANDS SPORT FINFISH FISHERY AREAS; IN THE SOUTH ALASKA PENINSULA, CHUKCHI-BEAUFORT, AND BERING SEA-ALEUTIAN ISLANDS COMMERCIAL GROUNDFISH AREAS; AND STATEWIDE (GENERAL PROVISIONS) FINFISH REGULATIONS.

 

A.  In the commercial, sport, guided sport, personal use, and aquatic plant fisheries:  fishing seasons, periods, opening and closing times; bag, possession, size, sex, and harvest limits, harvest levels, thresholds or quotas; bycatch provisions; districts, subdistricts, sections, subsections, areas, and other management boundaries; locations open and closed to fishing; methods and means; gear and vessel restrictions, marking, definitions, operational requirements and limitations, registration and permit requirements; registration areas (including exclusive and super exclusive registration areas), permits, harvest record, harvest marking requirements; management plans for conservation, development and allocation among beneficial uses; guiding principles; require, restrict or prohibit the retention, tendering, sale, release, or purchase of fish; methods of release; registration and reporting requirements for fish guides, guided anglers, catchers, processors, buyers and transporters; onboard observer requirements; fish storage and inspection requirements.

 

B.  In the subsistence fisheries (finfish):  identify subsistence uses and users; fishing seasons, periods, opening and closing times, harvest levels; methods and means; size, age, and sex limitations; districts, subdistricts, sections, subsections, areas, and other management boundaries; locations open and closed to fishing; gear and vessel restrictions and operational requirements; harvest limits, registration and permit requirements, requirements for marking and possession of fish; management plans for conservation, development and allocation among beneficial uses, and users; identify customary and traditional uses of fish stocks, determine amounts reasonably necessary for subsistence uses, and establish, change or adjust subsistence and personal use fisheries.



 

2.   The following additional topics will be addressed during the STATEWIDE FINFISH AND SUPPLEMENTAL ISSUES Meeting (March 19-24, 2013):

 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->A.    <!--[endif]-->IN THE CHIGNIK TANNER CRAB AREA: In the Chignik District Tanner crab fishery, consider changing the weather delay criteria for opening from small craft advisory to gale warning.  (newly assigned Proposal 244-ACR2)

 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->B.     <!--[endif]-->IN THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS KING CRAB AREA (REGISTRATION AREA O): In the Aleutian Island Area king crab fishery, consider changing the vessel size limit for the Registration Area O red king crab fishery, in state waters from 172° W. long. To 179° W. long., from 90 feet or less in overall length to less than 60 feet in overall length. (newly assigned Proposal 245-ACR7)

 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->C.     <!--[endif]-->IN THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS KING CRAB AREA (REGISTRATION AREA O): In the Aleutian Island Area king crab fishery, consider establishing a pot limit of 10 pots per vessel fishing for red king crab near Adak Island in Registration Area O. (newly assigned Proposal 246-ACR8)

 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->D.    <!--[endif]-->IN THE YAKUTAT FINFISDear Darrel Rundle,H AREA;  In the Yakutat Area, consider modifying the waters in the Tsiu River that are closed to commercial salmon fishing to facilitate an orderly fishery for the commercial and sport fisheries.  (newly assigned Proposal 247-ACR9)

 

E.  IN THE COOK INLET FINFISH AREA: A board-generated proposal in the Cook Inlet Area, to identify adjustments to the Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan by the actions addressed by the Upper Cook Inlet Task Force.  (newly assigned Proposal 249-ACR4 & 17)

 

Please note that the proposals in the proposal book (Proposals 155 – 161 and 165 – 172) related to Pacific cod fisheries, originally scheduled for the board’s February 26-March 4, 2013 meeting, have been deferred to a Statewide Pacific Cod Board Meeting tentatively scheduled for October 2013.  In addition to the additional topics listed under #2 of this notice, the board has added board-generated proposals to its schedule. 

 

For a copy of the proposed regulation changes contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526, tel. (907) 465-4110 or go to the Internet at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main.

 

You may comment on the regulation changes, including the potential costs to the private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written public comments limited to no more than 100 single sided or 50 double sided pages to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526, or by fax to (907) 465-6094, so that the comments are received no later than two weeks prior to the meeting during which the topic will be considered.  Unless otherwise specifically specified for a particular meeting in a published notice, written public comments over 100 single sided or 50 double sided pages in length from any one individual or group relating to proposals at any one meeting will not be accepted. Written public comments limited to 10 single sided or 5 double sided pages in length from any one individual or group will also be accepted after the two-week deadline, but will not be inserted in board member workbooks until the beginning of the meeting, and will only be accepted until the board begins deliberation of proposals. 

NEW PUBLIC COMMENT STANDARD:  Once deliberation of proposals begin at a board meeting, the board will ONLY accept written public comments that are not more than five single-sided pages, or the equivalent double-sided pages, unless specific information is requested by the board that requires more pages than allowed under this standard.

 

During the meeting written public comments from any one individual or group may be submitted by hand delivery at any time if 25 copies are provided; but, as a practical matter comments submitted after the board begins deliberations on relevant proposals are likely to receive less consideration than comments submitted earlier.  Oral comments may also be presented as explained below.

 

Each meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of the meeting dates noted below.  The public hearing portions for each regulatory meeting will begin immediately after staff reports and continue until everyone who has signed up and is present has been given the opportunity to be heard.  Additional public hearings with Board Committees may be held throughout the meeting before consideration and adoption of proposed changes in the regulations for the various areas.  An agenda will be posted daily during the meeting.  The board will take oral testimony only from those who register before the cut-off time announced by the board chair at each regulatory meeting.  The length of oral statements may be limited to five minutes or less.  Anyone interested in, or affected by, the subject matter contained in this legal notice should make written or oral comments if they wish to have their views considered by the board.

 

TENTATIVE MEETING SCHEDULE
 

Bristol Bay Finfish

December 4-12, 2012

Bristol Bay Borough School, 2 School Road, Naknek, AK

 

Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Finfish

January 15-20, 2013

Sheraton Hotel, 401 East 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK

 

Alaska Peninsula/Aleutians Islands Finfish

February 26-March 4, 2013

Sheraton Hotel, 401 East 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK

 

Statewide Finfish and Supplemental Issues

March 19-24, 2013

Hilton Hotel, 500 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK

 

Any changes to meeting locations, dates or times, or rescheduling of topics or subject matter will be announced by news release.  Please watch for these announcements in the news media or call (907) 465-4110.  Please carefully review the PROPOSAL INDEX available for the meeting for specific proposal issues to be addressed by the board.  Copies of the proposal indices are in the proposal book or at the relevant meeting.

 

Anyone interested in or affected by subsistence, personal use, commercial fishing, sport, guided sport, or guided sport ecotourism regulations is hereby informed that, by publishing this legal notice, the Board of Fisheries may consider any or all of the subject areas covered by this notice.  Under AS 44.62.200(b), the board may review the full range of activities appropriate to any of the subjects listed in this notice. The board may make changes to the personal use, sport, guided sport or commercial fishing regulations as may be required to ensure the subsistence priority in AS 16.05.258.  On its own motion, after public hearing, the board may adopt, amend, reject, supplement, or take no action on these subjects without further notice.  In addition, the board may adopt other regulations necessary to implement, administer, or enforce the regulations adopted.  THE BOARD IS NOT LIMITED BY THE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE OR CONFINES OF THE ACTUAL PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY THE PUBLIC OR STAFF.  The language of the final regulations may be different from that of the proposed regulations.  YOU SHOULD COMMENT DURING THE TIME ALLOWED IF YOUR INTERESTS COULD BE AFFECTED. 

 

If you are a person with a disability who may need a special accommodation in order to participate in the process on the proposed regulations, please contact Monica Wellard at (907) 465-4110 no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of each meeting to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

 

Statutory Authority:  AS 16.05 - AS 16.20, AS 16.40

Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific:  AS 16.05 - AS 16.20, AS 16.40

Fiscal Information:  The proposed regulatory actions are not expected to require an increased appropriation.

 



_______________________________                                   ___11/2/2012_____

Monica Wellard, Executive Director                                                               Date

Alaska Board of Fisheries



 

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS NOTICE INFORMATION

(AS 44.62.190(d))

 

1.         Adopting Agency:  Alaska Board of Fisheries.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2.                  <!--[endif]-->General subject of regulations:  FISHERIES IN THE ARCTIC-KOTZEBUE, NORTON SOUND-PORT CLARENCE, YUKON, KUSKOKWIM (collectively referred to as Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim or A-Y-K Areas), BRISTOL BAY, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, AND ALASKA PENINSULA SUBSISTENCE, COMMERCIAL, AND PERSONAL USE FINFISH FISHERY AREAS, AND ATKA-AMLIA ISLANDS COMMERCIAL FINFISH FISHERY AREA; IN THE BERING SEA-KOTZEBUE, KUSKOKWIM, BRISTOL BAY, AND ALASKA PENINSULA-ALEUTIAN ISLANDS COMMERCIAL HERRING FISHERY AREAS; IN THE NORTH SLOPE, NORTHWESTERN, YUKON RIVER, TANANA RIVER,  KUSKOKWIM-GOODNEWS, BRISTOL BAY, AND ALASKA PENINSULA & ALEUTIAN ISLANDS SPORT FINFISH FISHERY AREAS; IN THE SOUTH ALASKA PENINSULA, CHUKCHI-BEAUFORT, AND BERING SEA-ALEUTIAN ISLANDS COMMERCIAL GROUNDFISH AREAS; AND STATEWIDE (GENERAL PROVISIONS) FINFISH REGULATIONS, REGULATIONS; and Tanner crab fishery in the CHIGNIK AREA, king crab fishery in the ALEUTIAN ISLANDS AREA, and the finfish fishery in the YAKUTAT AREA and COOK INLET AREA.

3.         Citation of regulations:  5 AAC 01 - 5 AAC 77.

4.         Reason for proposed actions:  Implement, interpret, or make specific the provisions of AS 16.05 - AS 16.20.

5.         Program category and RDU affected:  Natural Resources and all RDUs.

6.         Cost of implementation to the state agency and available funding:  It is not possible to estimate the costs.  However, these actions are not expected to require any additional costs.

7.         The name of the contact person for the regulations:

                        Monica Wellard, Executive Director

                        Alaska Board of Fisheries

                        PO Box 115526

                        Juneau, AK  99811-5526

                        (907) 465-4110

                        Email: monica.wellard@alaska.gov

 

8.         The origin of the proposed action:

            [X]       staff or state agency

            [X]       general public

 

9.         Date:  November 2, 2012                    Prepared by:   

                                                                        Monica Wellard, Executive Director

                                                                        Alaska Board of Fisheries

                                                                        (907) 465-4110

 

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