Alaska Charter Association

To Protect the Rights and Conserve the Resources of Alaska's Sport Fishery
Alaska Charter News: 
August 2018

ACA to Meet with Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, Asst. Secretary of Commerce for NOAA

NOAA is hosting a T own Hall event in Juneau Alaska on August 31st.  This meeting will provide information about the implementation of the Department of Commerce's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, and also offer the opportunity to give input. Topics will include reducing the seafood trade deficit, and supporting maritime commerce, fisheries, recreation, and tourism. 

The format for the Town Hall will be Adm. Gallaudet providing opening remarks about NOAA's efforts to promote the "blue economy" - focusing on fisheries and tourism. ACA President Richard Yamada and other fishing industry reps have been invited to provide input on how NOAA can help businesses in the state's vital recreational fishing economy. 

At press time we don't have the full details for NOAA's Town Hall in Juneau, but we'll update you as they are available.

MAFAC Meeting Held in Portland, Oregon

ACA President Richard Yamada was appointed by Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce, to serve a three-year term on NOAA's Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC).  

MAFAC advises the Secretary on all living marine resource matters. At their June meeting in Portland, Oregon, participants heard progress reports from the Columbia River Basin Partnership Task Force, established by MAFAC two years ago to bring together all stakeholders of the Basin to develop a long-range plan of cooperative management. 

The Columbia River basin has over a hundred dams, over fifty different native tribes, and multiple city, state, and federal  jurisdictions. 

Stakeholders of the Basin have had a history of litigation that consumed the time and financial resources of all user groups. "It was a pleasure to hear how successful the committee of close to thirty members all worked together on setting a common vision," Yamada reacted, "on what they would like the river to look like and provide for each user group, twenty-five, fifty, and a hundred years from now."

NOAA's head fisheries advisor, Dr. Cisco Werner, gave a presentation of advances in fisheries science technology. It's hard to imagine that someday scientists will be able to estimate size and distribution of fish stocks just through a water sample using eDNA (environmental DNA). 

New advances in molecular-level water-testing of residual fish DNA left behind as fish swim through it may lead to this. 

The machine uses chemical spectrometry to determine age and may eventually determine environmental conditions that existed throughout the animal's life span. MAFAC members also took a tour of a million-dollar trailer that housed an automated system that took king salmon fry out of hatchery ponds and automatically implanted coded-wire tags in individual fish heads. 

The system used cameras to sort fish by size and took a picture of each fish with identifying magnetic code. The machinery was operated by one technician that did the work that normally would have taken fifteen workers to accomplish.

The next meeting will be held in Washington, DC, and will focus on sub-committee tasks.   Richard will be working with the recreational fisheries sub-committee and will be determining how MAFAC can best serve the needs of recreational anglers.

Another Benefit of ACA Membership

Full charter ACA members receive a link on the ACA website to their charter businesses' websites. Clients like to see their charter captains engaged in conservation and the management process to defend the rights of recreational fishermen in Alaska. We've updated  this page of members and their websites, so if you've neglected to renew, please do so now and we won't have to drop you from sight! Membership is a click away-

NOAA Enforcement Taking Action Against Charter Halibut Fishing Violators

"Charter halibut fishing is an experience that many people look forward to when visiting Alaska. But, there are specific rules and regulations to ensure the sustainability of the species, which, when broken, are subject to enforcement action by NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement (OLE).

"Recently in Juneau, OLE fined a charter owner/operator $9,750 for exceeding the number of anglers allowed by his charter halibut permit (CHP) endorsement. An endorsement on a charter guide's permit provides the number of anglers a guide may take out fishing at one time. Other violations, addressed by compliance assistance, included failing to have an angler who retained halibut sign the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Saltwater logbook and misreporting a sportfish guide license number.

"These violations have a significant impact on the regulatory scheme because the guide fundamentally fished without a permit for those anglers who retained halibut over the angler endorsement limit," said NOAA Enforcement Officer Andrew Hall.

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