Month: February 2009

Fish Board adopts proposal for Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring

The State Board of fish has made some changes to the way the sitka sound sac roe herring fishery is managed. The guideline harvest level for the commercial harvest will be based on a rate of 12 to 20 percent, depending on the size of the biomass. That’s instead of a range of 10 to 20 percent. Also, the spawning population of herring now has to be forecast at 25,000 tons or more in order to have a commercial harvest. That’s five thousand tons higher than the old threshold.

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Eight black cod a year for guided anglers

The Board of Fisheries has established a bag limit for sport-caught black cod for the first time. Proposal 137 quickly became a point of contention during last week’s (Thu 2-27) board meeting in Sitka, and it was the last issue the Board dealt with before wrapping up the ten day meeting Thursday night.

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Airport makeover enters public arena

Planning for the expansion of Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez Airport has entered a new phase, and the public is being encouraged to participate.
The assembly heard an intitial report on Tuesday (2-24-09).

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Hames Center forces lease showdown

The future of the Hames Athletic & Wellness center will come down to an assembly vote next month.
The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 2-24-09) decided to give Pacific Tower Properties until the 10th of March to present acceptable terms on a lease for the former Sheldon Jackson PE center, or close down the facility.

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Herring fishery debated before Board of Fish

Herring may be one of the most heated issues before the Alaska Board of Fisheries as meetings continue this week. Sitka Tribe of Alaska has three proposals that would limit the commercial harvest and increase subsistence thresholds for the sitka sound sac roe herring. Another proposal from the Ketchikan Herring Association seeks to close commercial herring in certain areas in Southeast.

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