Friday, October 7, 2011

A leadership change in Bristol Bay

Here's an announcement today from the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association:

In September, BBRSDA board member Nick Lee (Seat D, Non-Alaska Resident) resigned his position, which opened up a vacancy for appointment. Our bylaws give responsibility in cases like this to BBRSDA President Robert Heyano. President Heyano asked the other board members to submit to him the names of S03T permit holders who might make good board members and would be willing to serve. After reviewing the submitted names, President Heyano appointed Matt Luck to fill the vacant seat and serve out Nick Lee's term, which ends in 2013. Matt runs the F/V Meg J in Bristol Bay, where he has fished (as crewman and operator) for 12 years. In addition to his work in the Bay, Matt's fishing experience includes longlining, seining and drifting in Prince William Sound, Southeast, Kodiak and Togiak. He is a founding member of the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation, and past chairman of the Copper River/PWS ADF&G Advisory Committee. We hope you'll join us in thanking Nick Lee for his many years of volunteer service to the fleet, and in welcoming Matt to the board.


Anonymous said...

A PWSAC Founder and Potato Farmer?

The PWSAC Marketing Team, with $0.45 humpies in 1975, and $0.45 in 2011?

Another perfect fit for the BBRSDA, the great advisory tax committee spending money on the obvious, and can we fund another study, of the No Marketing Forever, as shown best by the PWSAC Board, where 5 cent's worth of humpies made for the great cost recovery model, 2% intellegence now shown best and lowered to a 1% model.

Anonymous said...

Location: Ugashik
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/4/11 Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers cited Matthew Luck, 55, and Benjamin Luck, 23, both of Ketchum, Idaho, for commercial fishing in closed waters outside of the Ugashik District as dual permit holders aboard the F/V Meg J. Arraignment set for 7/13/11 in Naknek District Court.

Luck is a chronic over the line fisherman. So much for ethics vetting at the board level.

Anonymous said...

Why hold elections???

What is wrong with appointing an elections qualified runner-up from the previous election(s)?

Do I smell board loading Mr. Heyano?

Thank you for your service Nick.

Anonymous said...

Nick Lee was instrumental in getting to the core issues in the Bay years ago, when I was still a volunteer at UFA. Unfortunately his best ideas were highjacked at the Board of Fish.

Kudos for your efforts Nick.

Robert Heyano is one of the finest gentlemen in the state's fisheries leadership and is going to be involved in whatever solution you guys inevitably come up with in the Bay.

I'm amazed at the guys who have time to post on here--anonymously of course-- who just blast the leadership of anyone, anywhere.
Matt Luck has alot of experience and will do a diligent job for you guys up there. If not, vote him out when his term is up.

It's obvious the Bay needs a major overhaul. It's a joke that we got $1.10 for fall chums in Southeast, probably over $.50 for pinks after all the adjustments come in, and you guys are catching some of the finest salmon on earth and are still getting pathetic prices.

I don't have the answers.
We tried to help wrestle with this at UFA. Keeping Bay fish cold is certainly a start. The frigging French dairy farmers realized that they could sell more milk in the 1800's by keeping it in cold cellars and later in ice boxes.

Even in SE, the Icicle fleet went to 100% RSW or they lost their jobs.

Back in 1987. That's coming up on a quarter century boys. Keeping fish cold is certainly a great start in improving your lot in the marketplace.

What the heck? I recall a conversation with 2 Bay highliners at Thanksgiving in 1993, and they were so desparate ( after catching 300,000 lbs each that year) to try something new that they were willing to throw in and take an equal harvest on a fish trap.

Not something I would ever recommend nor advocate for, but anyone who sits on their arse and complains about the leadership in the Bay as if nothing is wrong with this picture and way of doing business should just get out of the way of progress.

The Bay fish are so undervalued in the marketplace and at ex-vessel because there needs to be a complete overhaul of the way folks are doing business up there.

At least these guys are trying to do something.

Give them a break or take over their spots and do it yourselves.

Or you can just sit around, anonymously crying your whah, whah, whah all day and then go up and get the same price and send your bruised, tired and battered sockeyes to market again.


Anonymous said...

Well said Bobbyt...

Jason Miller

Anonymous said...

Fishing in Area E, and Area T? Interesting concept regarding the Limited Entry Act of 1975, thats always such a confusing subject matter to Robert and Friends.

E+T= interesting intent?

Of course more tax, to pay for the obvious training session from an Eskimo and College dropout, always is expensive, where spending millions, can't teach a west coast eskimo a thing.

It was in Labrador that Birdseye made the simple discovery that would revolutionize the frozen food industry: poultry, seafood, and meats frozen in the bitter cold of the arctic winter tasted better than those frozen in spring and fall's milder temperatures. This process that Birdseye watched the Eskimos use in the early 1900s later became known as the process of quick freezing. Quick freezing is a process through which items are frozen at such a speed that only small ice crystals are able to form (Gale Research Inc.). The cell walls are not damaged, and the frozen food, when thawed, keeps it's maximum flavor, texture, and color.

We need another 1% tax, for what was figured out 111 years ago?

Lets just all sit on our ass with a fish trap? Evidently 1959 is just as confusing as 1975, or was it not
bobbyt's restructuring committee theory's were all tossed in the ditch, regarding the concept of Limited Entry, wher one permits worth the same as another, except for you know where, Robert Heyano's Classic, where two sets get 50 fathoms each, and two drifts get 150, and 50???

Quite the classic, when you in violation of the Limited Entry Act, but just go ask Matt, how much Luck he'll have with that theory.

Go bobbyt!

Anonymous said...

^^^^you again^^^gibberish, per usual.

Anonymous said...

>me again< but of course it gibberish, when you flunked 4th grade reading comprehension class.

§ 15. No Exclusive Right of Fishery
No exclusive right or special privilege of fishery shall be created or authorized in the natural waters of the State. This section does not restrict the power of the State to limit entry into any fishery for purposes of resource conservation, to prevent economic distress among fishermen and those dependent upon them for a livelihood and to promote the efficient development of aquaculture in the State. [Amended 1972]

Anonymous said...

More Gibberish


Sec. 16.43.140. Permit required.

(a) After January 1, 1974, a person may not operate gear in the commercial taking of fishery resources without a valid entry permit or a valid interim-use permit issued by the commission.

(b) A permit is not required of a crewmember or other person assisting in the operation of a unit of gear engaged in the commercial taking of fishery resources as long as the holder of the entry permit or the interim-use permit for that particular unit of gear is at all times present and actively engaged in the operation of the gear.

(c) A person may hold more than one interim-use or entry permit issued or transferred under this chapter only for the following purposes:

(1) fishing more than one type of gear;

(2) fishing in more than one administrative area;

(3) harvesting particular species for which separate interim-use or entry permits are issued;

(4) if authorized by regulations of the commission, fishing an entire unit of gear in a fishery in which the commission has issued entry permits for less than a unit of gear under AS 16.43.270 (d); under this paragraph, a person may not hold more than two entry permits for a fishery; however, the person may not

(A) fish more than one unit of gear in the fishery; or

(B) acquire a second entry permit for the fishery after the person has acquired an entry permit that authorizes the use of an entire unit of gear in the fishery;

(5) consolidation of the fishing fleet for a salmon fishery; however, a person may hold not more than two entry permits for a salmon fishery under this paragraph, but the person who holds two entry permits for a salmon fishery may not engage in fishing under the second entry permit.

Anonymous said...

I love when the dirty stick up for each other on this blog! Its mostly blah and more blah.

Anonymous said...

Of course its the dirty, for the dirty, like Heyano's Board of Fish, kissing Boobyt, and Professor Crapo too, with his volunteer Uneducated Fishermen of Alaska position, Just like Heyano, who "might make good board members" explained best by the Alaska Supreme Court

"...For these reasons, we conclude that the Chignik purse seine salmon fishery was a single fishery, and that the board did not alter that fact by making detail changes to the type of equipment used by the cooperative fishers.   Both cooperative and open fishers captured the same species of salmon common to the fishery with purse seine gear.   The board cannot divide what has historically been a single fishery by simply tinkering with ancillary apparatus and seine dimensions.   The emergency regulation therefore authorized the board to allocate fishery resources within a single fishery, in violation of the authorizing statute, AS 16.05.251(e).
We note that the board's allocation of the harvestable salmon between the cooperative and the open fishers was potentially arbitrary and capricious.   Allowing some, but not all, Chignik salmon purse seine permit holders to operate different types and amounts of fishing equipment potentially raises questions of efficiency, arbitrary decision making, and equal protection.65  The allocation may be vulnerable to attack on the theory that under a two-subfishery system, the open fishers only have access to a small percentage of the allocation for the whole Chignik fishery.66  Grunert contends that allowing open and cooperative fishers to use different amounts and types of equipment may violate subsection .150(a) of the Limited Entry Act. That subsection provides that “an entry permit authorizes the permittee to operate a unit of gear within a specified fishery.” 67  “Unit of gear” is defined by the Limited Entry Act as “the maximum amount of a specific type of gear that can be fished by a person under regulations established by the Board of Fisheries defining the legal requirements for that type of gear.” 68  Because only some of the Chignik permit holders could operate the maximum amount of gear, Grunert contends, the regulation unlawfully discriminated.   We do not need to consider these contentions, however, because we conclude that the emergency regulation authorized an allocation of fishery resources within a single fishery in violation of the authorizing statute..."

I Vote Uneducated Fishermen of Alaska
A 1% Tax, for 1% grey matter, 99% void.

Of course Heyano can't actually read the bylaws, with the minority of BBRSDA taxpayers holding the majority of seats? Thats the majority of money paid, spent by the minorty paying the least?"

"Who might make good board members???"

100% Corrupt Bastards Club! Just like Baby Ben Stevens, and his daddy, frozen on the tundra!

Go Clarence Birdseye!

Anonymous said...

Hey Bobby,

who's spending the time here? That was a book.

SE example? Yeah right. Black balls, outside funded consolidation, fixed fleets, and dormant permits.

Ever see a million fish on a tide?

Huge fish surges, the 32' limit, and processor consolidation are the main culprits of diminished qualities and prices.

Supply and demand.

Go back to (fish) school.

BTW, I have done more than my share of work around the different boards and agencies, and I don't support corrupt bastards, even if they should be "ours".

Anonymous said...

Fishing brings money - money brings corruption. Some of us just want to fish for food and it's getting harder and harder to do that especially in the Western Alaska coastal area.

Anonymous said...

You ain't a kidding about subsisting for food in Western Alaska especially the Nome area rivers - subsistence restrictions for going on 20 years! Yet, the Regions CDQ program, NSEDC has been pumping at least a million dollars in their "Salmon rehabilitation and enhancement" program for at least 10 years - 10 million dollars and still we're lacking salmon for food in our streams. Manipulation of the ignorant and illiterate is the name of the game. Besides that, NSEDC is heavily invested in the Pollock Fishery and they don't need to produce more salmon to show up as BAD, BAD, BAD ByCatch out there in the sea.

Anonymous said...

According to the CFEC database, Matthew Luck, had a PWS drift permit starting in 1980. In his bio, he is listed as a founding member of pwsac. pwsac was incorporated 12/30/74 and the AFK hatchery was first started in 1975.
So, how can Luck be a founding member. I started in Cordova in 1974, as crew on a fish tender, then proceeded onto fishing. By the time Luck showed up, pwsac was already a growing concern, with its first returns of pink salmon, back to PWS. The bio should state, that he was a member of the pwsac bod. Not a founder. Big difference! And NO, I do not live on Whidbey Island. Why the need to pump up the bio?

Anonymous said...

And what's Joseph Whidbey's Island got to do with the Corrupt Bastards Club of the BBRSDA?

Did everyone also miss the PWSAC Marketing Plan Committee, without a penny of thought put into that issue.

The PWSAC founder AFK, was a fisherman, he had a boat named the Hustler, and a Charlie Moore cabin skiff too.

Matt was never a founder, or he'd have his name on the record books, at the old San Juan Fish Trap too, outlawed in 1959.

But of course it just explained the "usual and accustom" fictions of the BBRSDA.

I Vote Lie!

Anonymous said...

The Prowler and the Growler, training camp.

Fish, do school at Whidbey Island, and if you've ever Seined at Deception Pass, you better know what your doing, or you'll loose it all, just like the BBRSDA!