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Quick Reminder & Updates
Reminder: Saltwater Electronic Logbooks
ADF&G is about to begin testing electronic logbooks for the saltwater fleet!

During a presentation to the Charter Halibut Implementation Committee on October 24, Bob Powers announced that he is looking for saltwater testers this fall.  The testing program for electronic logbooks involves entering a few of your logbook pages from home (or your boat) and reporting back on how well the application works and what might need some fixing.  For those planning on being in Anchorage to testify for the RQE program in December, we are looking into organizing another presentation that week.

Contact Bob directly if you are interested in participating at robert.powers@alaska.gov.


Update: Busy Board
SEAGO Board members have been busy over the last week preparing for winter meetings directly affecting your fishery.

The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) held a meeting in Juneau last week for the U.S. Commission and Panel members.  SEAGO represents the charter industry on the Northern Panel and the Transboundary Panel.  The PSC Joint Panels will be meeting December 6-9 in Juneau to  determine the U.S. proposals for the PSC meeting in January of 2017.  For more information, click HERE.

The Charter Management Implementation Committee met today, October 24, in Anchorage to discuss the preliminary season harvest numbers and the potential regulations for next year's halibut catch.  Southeast came in under its charter allocation for 2016 and the numbers are looking good for next year, according to ADF&G and SEAGO's Board members who sit on the committee.  In December, our members will help determine the management measures the NPFMC recommends to the International Pacific Halibut Commission.  For more information, click HERE.

SEAGO Board members will also be reaching out over the next couple months to make sure we've answered all of your RQE-related questions.  This measure can substantially benefit the charter fleet, and we need your letters and testimony to make sure the NPFMC hears our voices.

If you would like more information, have comments, or want to make suggestions on any of the above topics, feel free to contact SEAGO's Executive Director at samantha@seagoalaska.org.


 
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