NOAA to hold public meetings on Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery
March 03, 2012
The Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery is a commercial fishery in Alaska state waters and adjacent Federal waters. It encompasses the commercial taking of salmon with purse seine gear, and participation is limited to fishermen designated by the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC).
NMFS published proposed program regulations to implement the program on May 23, 2011 (76 FR 29707): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-23/pdf/2011-12650.pdf
Final program regulations were published on October 6, 2011 (76 FR 61986): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-06/pdf/2011-25750.pdf
Interested persons should review these for further program details. The final regulations require NMFS to publish this notice before conducting a referendum to determine the industry’s willingness to repay a fishing capacity reduction loan to purchase the permits identified in the reduction plan.
Subsequently, the Southeast Revitalization Association submitted a capacity reduction plan to NMFS and NMFS approved the plan.
As of February 24, 2012, there are 379 permits in the fishery designated as S01A by CFEC. These permanent permit holders are eligible to vote in the referendum. NMFS will update the list, as necessary, immediately before mailing referendum ballots. Mailed ballots will be accompanied by NMFS’ detailed voting guidance.
Comments and questions regarding any aspect of the fishing capacity reduction program are welcome. Contact Michael A. Sturtevant at (301) 427–8799, fax (301) 713–1306, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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