The Council is soliciting for two new IFQ Committee members. The IFQ Committee is a standing advisory body comprised of vessel owner/operators, crew, processors, and trade group representatives (including vessel owners’ associations and CDQ groups). The Committee meets independently – though sometimes in conjunction with a Council meeting – and discusses the merits of proposals to modify or update management of the Halibut & Sablefish IFQ fishery. Committee members are sometimes tasked to review documents that analyze potential program changes or to develop proposals for modifications that meet the Council’s management objectives. The Committee formulates recommendations that are conveyed to the Council and its other advisory bodies in the form of meeting minutes and staff presentations.
The Council is specifically seeking nominees who are IFQ crew participants who do not own quota and vessel-owners who hold no quota share or a small amount of quota share and hope to purchase additional quota share in the future. Please submit a letter of interest describing your background by email to Sam Cunningham (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail to the Council office. The deadline for applications is July 12, 2019.
Trawl Electronic Monitoring Committee
The Trawl Electronic Monitoring Committee convenes industry members, agency representatives, and EM service providers to collaboratively design, test and develop electronic monitoring systems to suit the needs of Alaskan fisheries. The Trawl EM Committee has a vacancy for a representative from the processing sector. A nominations period to fill this vacancy is open through July 12, 2019. The new member will be appointed in time to attend the upcoming Trawl EM Committee meeting on August 20-21, 2019, in Portland, OR. Please submit a letter of interest describing your background to Diana Evans by email (email@example.com) or mail to the Council office.
The Council is announcing a call for nominations to the Cook Inlet Salmon Committee for one or two stakeholders who represent new or recent involvement in the Cook Inlet salmon driftnet fishery. The Cook Inlet Salmon Committee was established to assist the Council in developing measures to extend Federal management to traditional net-fishing areas in the EEZ waters of Cook Inlet. Committee focus, in the near term, is on management of the commercial salmon driftnet fishery in Cook Inlet, and so representation by that sector is currently being emphasized by the Council. Stakeholders at the beginning of their driftnetting careers, who are looking forward to decades of future involvement in the fishery, are in need of greater representation on the Committee as it makes recommendations for developing a long-term management framework. If you are a new or recent S03H permit holder who is active in the fishery and are interested in membership on the Cook Inlet Salmon Committee, please email a letter describing your background and interest to firstname.lastname@example.org , or mail your letter to the Council address. The Council will accept nominations and applications through July 12, 2019 in order to allow new Committee members to participate in a late September Committee meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Armstrong at 907-271-2805.
Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan Action Module Taskforces
The Council will be issuing a call for nominations for the Bering Sea FEP Action Module Taskforces, described in the BS FEP newsletter article, by the end of June, once revisions to the draft Action Module workplans have been made to respond to Council direction.