Report on Dec. 15th meeting of Chum Trollers. (This is an excerpt from an e-mail to our members)
11 members showed up to hear a report from Linda Danner on her trip to Juneau for the Joint Regional Planning Team for SE enhanced salmon, and a SE Enhanced salmon allocation workshop,
Eric and Karl Jordan also gave reports on the Young Fisherman's Summit in Anchorage which included meeting with lots of Alaska Fisheries leaders including Laura Fleming of Alaska Seafood Marketing and a top seafood buyer from England.
Carl Peterson reported that we are approaching 30 paid members now.
Everyone helped put addresses and a short message from Eric on Postcards for Power Troll Permit holders likely to vote in the NSRAA Board election.
Linda might type up her own report and I will be forwarding minutes of the hatchery allocation workshop in Juneau when they come available later in the week or early next week.
It was great to have Linda at the meeting as fog in Juneau kept Eric's plane from landing and may have contributed to the NSRAA troll rep not making the meeting. Linda met with numerous SE gear group and salmon enhancement leaders including lunch with Dave Otte and Dale Kelly of ATA. While the meeting was scheduled to discuss ways the groups could co-operate to bring respective groups within their allocation by making adjustment within the terminal hatchery areas (or at least that is what we thought) SE gillnetters used the meetings to present and force discussion of their plan to re-open the SE allocation formula adopted in 1994 and reaffirmed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in 2009. (Details of this plan should be in the minutes of the meeting that I will forward as soon as we get them.) Dale Kelly of the Alaska Trollers Association and John Peckham, SSRAA RPT seine representative, tried to re-focus the discussion on how to make the existing regulatory allocation plan work.
John Burke, General Manager of SSRAA, presented preliminary data showing the harvest % values of SE enhanced salmon by the gear groups in 2009 (attached). What is really interesting here, and I have not really analyzed the numbers in detail yet, is that the troll % went down from 18% in 2008 to 14.6% in 2009. If you look at the SSRAA report I attached you can see that we went up to 26% of the Common Property (CP) value of their harvest. A big part of the problem is that we only harvested 11.4 % of the CP value of NSRAA production. (attached) I have not got the DiPac values yet but the troll share is also a very low% of their production based on the numbers of fish caught, which I do have and is available on the DiPac website. http://dipac.net/2009%20CONTRIBUTIONS.pdf
Linda presented the Chum Troller's positions and 19 ideas for helping move trollers within their allocation. While everyone at the allocation workshop was happy to see some ideas there was varying degree of enthusiasm for the specifics. She reported that the political dynamics are very interesting. That John Peckham, Dave Ott, Dale Kelly, and John Burke were very helpful to her. That we need to stand solid with ATA and Southeast Seiners against the gillnet plan to re-open the SE allocation plan and basically reallocate a bunch of enhanced salmon to the gillnetters at trollers expense. We also need to meet and formally respond to the gillnetters plan. That if the gillnetters want to re-open the plan they can propose that to the Board of Fisheries. That in the meantime the regulation is that the gear groups and hatchery operators are to work to keep or bring each gear group within its allocation by adjusting harvests in the hatchery terminal harvest areas.