Alaska Charter Association

To Protect the Rights and Conserve the Resources of Alaska's Sport Fishery
ACA News May 2017
Chris Oliver Moves Closer to NOAA Appointment
North Pacific Fishery Management Council Executive Director Chris Oliver has been offered and accepted to be the top administrator for NOAA Fisheries, according to an email he sent out to industry members.

Oliver received widespread support from recreational and commercial fishing groups for the appointment to the top fisheries post. The Alaska Charter Association submitted a letter of support endorsing Oliver. His knowledge of Alaska fisheries issues carries advantages to those of us working here. Oliver has served professionally and fairly over the years at the NPFMC, and we look forward to working with him at NOAA. 

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Management News
Park users, commercial fishermen clash over Tutka Bay net pens

From the Peninsula Clarion's Elizabeth Earl: " The debate over whether a Cook Inlet hatchery operator can move some net pens out into a Homer-area bay is tangled up with the future of the tourism industry and commercial fishing in Lower Cook Inlet.
A warm, sunny evening didn't dissuade people from flocking to a listening session held at the Islands and Ocean Visitors Center in Homer on May 15 to voice their support or concerns about the aquaculture net pens, which are open-water pens to hold salmon for imprinting before release, in Kachemak Bay State Park waters..."  Read more here.
North Council Meeting in Juneau, June 5th-13th  

With no significant charter fishing issues on the agenda for this meeting, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council holds its regular meeting in Juneau next month, with a discussion paper on Allocation Review being the one item of interest because NMFS is recommending that the Halibut Catch Sharing Plan be reviewed for its allocation structure. We have always believed that the allocation to the guided anglers was set too low at the beginning, creating a lot of pain in our industry. While the RQE can help, it would hurt to look at those initial allocations. We'll be watching this one closely.  The details are here.

NOAA Relases Annual Economic Report on U.S. Fisheries

"Economic impacts from recreational shing activities
in Alaska totaled 5,407 jobs in 2015 and generated $619 million in sales, $223 million in income, and $362 million in value-added impacts."
Full report:

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