Meeting of the SE purse seiners

NMFS holds public meetings to discuss capacity reduction

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association National Marine Fisheries Service has scheduled a series of public informational meetings in Seattle and southeast Alaska to discuss capacity reduction and other topics on the southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery.

The Southeast Revitalization Association submitted a capacity reduction plan to determine the industry’s willingness to repay a fishing capacity reduction loan to purchase the permits identified in the reduction plan. Marine Fisheries approved that plan.

As of late Feb., 379 permits in the fishery designated as S01A. Marine Fisheries continues to update this number. These permanent permit holders are eligible to vote in the referendum, according to NMFS.

Meetings

• Seattle - Nordby Conference Center at Fishermen’s Terminal, 3919 18th Avenue West on March 5, 10 am to noon.

• Petersburg - City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, No. 12 South Nordic Drive on March 6, noon to 2 pm.

• Ketchikan - Ted Ferry Civic Center, 888 Venetia Avenue on March 7, 10 am to noon

•Sitka - Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road March 7, 7pm to 9 pm.

For comments or questions contact Michael A. Sturtevant at (301) 427–8799, or michael.a.sturtevant@noaa.gov.

Supporting information: 1.usa.gov/xsASEw, 1.usa.gov/wQPr4n, 1.usa.gov/Ar3dWL

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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