Alaska commercial fishing news and notes
Why should the Federal government bail Alaska out when the State refuses to modernize its salmon management and demands like a spoiled brat that the Feds stay entirely out of Salmon management ... oh wait, until the State's stocks plummet into disaster and no one will come out on a charter?I may not like UCIDA personally and its litigious attitude, but they certainly have pointed out some serious gaps in management coverage and supremacy of law concerning our Nation's North Pacific salmon fisheries.Until the Salmon FMP litigation is settled, I wouldn't give us a Federal cent in disaster relief. We made this mess and need to clean it up before going begging.
when the feds were in charge of salmon management before statehood, they stake netted the rivers and used salmon traps, these practices nearly wiped out the salmon, luckily salmon are very resilient. Alaska is a world wide model for excellent salmon management. Currently there is a downturn is Chinook, we are not sure of the cause,or if it is a normal downturn of the lifecycle of the chinnook, and perhaps continual ripping the lips of during catch and release in the spawning beds has killed off the spawners, We are all under severe limits on where we can fish as a result, and the chinnook runs will be rebuilt. But no ,Having our salmon managed through an office in washington DC 4,000 miles from the resource is definitely not a good idea.
It is very apparent that ocean survival for kings in the north pacific sucks at the moment. I do find it a little disingenuous of our senators to beg for money, calling a failed run a disaster. If this had happened anywhere but Cook Inlet, it would have been a burp in the paper, nothing more. We don't need that money. What we do need, is a couple of senators willing to ease themselves off the Federal tit. It would also be awesome to have a couple of senators and a representative willing to treat ALL Alaskan the same, not giving our lands to a bunch of aboriginals who have wasted the resources we did give them.
Let's see how long the folks at UCIDA want to worship at the throne of federal salmon management once the NOAA report and management plan for the threatened Beluga whale becomes finalized. A primary threat to the sustainability to Cook Inlet Beluga identified in the NOAA reports is the lack of prey.Lack of prey means lack of salmon. The largest intercept fishery for salmon bound for northern Cook Inlet, the summer feeding grounds of Beluga in Cook Inlet, is the membership of UCIDA.The vast majority of northern bound salmon are harvested by the UCIDA drift fleet in the district wide openers, which includes in large part the Federal waters of Cook Inlet. Would it really surprise anyone if the feds, if they somehow lose the legal battle with UCIDA and have to reassume salmon management in federal waters from the state of Alaska, turn around in Cook Inlet and close all federal waters to drift fleet fishing in order to pass an adequate number of prey (salmon) to the northern district of Cook Inlet for the benefit of the federally protected and now classified as threatened Beluga whale? One of the former directors of the Alaska commercial fisheries division is Doug Mecum - a person who UCIDA decries as unable to properly manage salmon in Cook Inlet when he worked for the state. He currently works for NOAA in Alaska, and is part of their senior management in Juneau. But let us praise UCIDA for their brilliant legal strategy.
downturn in lifecycle = pollack draggers,the way sports treat the spawning beds is not unlike the the old guy that shits the bed.the mighty chinook will soon go the way of the passenger pigeonand you think obama will read this letter and care?
How is it that the State has $30 millon for chinook research and not a penny for all the business that are impacted by this 'chonook decline'. It is not a question of funds but rather how it is spent.The state created this chinook mess so maybe they should pay for the damages they cause.How is it that the Kasilof chinook are doing just fine while the Kenai chinook are, according to the state, in low numbers. These two rivers are 12 miles appart.Just for the record the 2012 kenai chinook return was 28,640. A full 11,000 above the escapement goal. All chinook fishermen could of had normal seasons and the escapement goal of 17,800 would of been achieved. Sport and sport charter fishermen were denied chinook fishing opportunities for no good reason.The state just messed up on counting chinook. Maybe the state could use some help in counting salmon.
4:55, Jesus, really? Got your hand out begging for money? IF YOUR BUSINESS WAS NOT A SUCCESS, IT IS BECAUSE YOU HAD A BAD BUSINESS PLAN!!!Here's some advice from the other commercial sector: Diversify. Thats how it works. If your business does not have a plan "B", that is your fault. No matter what kind of business you are in, and especially when your in the business that relies salmon runs, you have to make it through the tough times. It's called natural selection. And please, let's call things what they should be called. Commercial, personal use, and commercial charter.
There is enough money in Alaska already that could help - CDQs!Western AlaskaCDQsMoney for Fisheries Related Economic DevelopmentCDQsA percentage from the Pollock Fishery in the Bering SeaCDQsWorth millions twenty-one years back in the seaWestern AlaskaCDQsThere is more than enough money to help fix the problem right here in Alaska!
6:40 Jesus, wasn't that stupid, until he got to the Alaska Supreme Court.The devil made em say it. Under the limited entry system, holders who don't do well for whatever reason-bad luck, bad judgment, bad finances, bad equipment, who knows-are going to economically suffer, and ultimately their option is to-you know, their end game is to sell the permit, get out of the fishery, and some new entrant will arrive on the scene. Under the co-op system, those who for whatever set of reasons are less able to succeed economically will rationally opt to participate as minimally as possible. Ten deliveries only and then they stop. That permit remains in their hands and new people don't come in, whether those are new people from the local community or from Anchorage or from Seattle, that doesn't matter, but there is going to be less turnover. That may be a wiser system. I'm not making a judgment as to which is better, but they are clearly different, and the first is the one that is set up by the Act, and I think the second system is not permitted by the Act. Perhaps that should be changed, but that's not my call.
It's a lock, stock, and barrel system that keeps the resource in a few hands. It's time for a change.
UCIDA uses the Fishery Disaster as a means to exemplify state mismanagementon optimum sustained yields under MSA. UCIDA members gained financially and pricked themselvesdepositing all those checks in 2012. Nice move. Pirate's code as codification.
The President just needs to take a closer look at the Western Alaska CDQ program stemming from the Bering Sea Pollock Fishery and WALA, millions and millions of dollars are there intended to do exactly what these requested disaster funds what to do.Just get Congress to reorganize the restructure the CDQ program and Western Alaskans can start the work to save their long standing culture and tradition of living off the salmon. The state has proven that that lifestyle is not a priority.
My sentiment is expressed exactly and to the point by blogger @ 5:07 AM on 2/15 - where he states that we need lawmakers in Alaska "willing to treat ALL Alaskans the same....".The next part of the sentence I quote from needs a little editing from my aboriginal point of view:"....not giving our lands to a bunch of aboriginals who have wasted the resources we did give them." I recommend that bloggers study up on the Western Alaska CDQ program stemming from the Bering Sea Pollock Trawl Fishery. Ted Stevens was involved in this slapdash fix to the trawlers killing off the salmon as Bycatch in the sea.We should not be giving our resources to anyone who is not doing as the program intended. Handing millions and millions of dollars to a handful of men under the pretense of representing thousands of poor aboriginal people in Western Alaska is a WRONG that needs to be corrected this year - 2013 when the Magnason-Stevens Act is revisited by Congress.
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