SAVE THE DATE
ALASKA INDEPENDENT TENDERMANS ASSOCIATION
2014 ANNUAL MEETING
NOVEMBER 22, 2014
BAY CAFE FISHERMAN'S TERMINAL
1900 W NICKERSON ST
COME JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING
SPACE IS LIMITED - YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND
RSVP TO Lisa at AlaskaTenders dot org
The Vessel Incidental Discharge Permit moratorium on implementation expires on Dec. 15, 2014. There are several individuals and organizations working to arrange some sort of relief prior to the expiration date (reference In the Works article "HR 3464 Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2013"). While virtually all senators and congressmen are in favor of exempting under 79’ vessels from the permit requirements, the stumbling block has to do with ballast discharge and the associated invasive species problems. The announcement and publication follow.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced issuance of the final Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) in the September 10, 2014, Federal Register. The sVGP, available nationwide, provides a way for owners and operators of non-military, non-recreational vessels less than 79 feet in length and operating as a means of transportation to meet the Clean Water Act requirement to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage for incidental discharges.
Small vessel discharges are eligible for sVGP coverage beginning Dec. 19, 2014, i.e., the date on which the statutory moratorium on NPDES permitting expires. The sVGP is designed to be an easily implementable permit with common-sense best management practices that reduce pollution.
Larger vessels are not eligible for coverage under the sVGP; those vessels have generally been eligible for coverage under the Vessel General Permit (VGP) since 2008.
EPA will be hosting a free webinar about the sVGP on September 23, 2014. For more information about the webinar and to register, go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/772164202.
Keep Your Nautical Charts Updated
NOAA maintains the nation’s nautical charts and publications for U.S. coasts and the Great Lakes. Over a thousand charts cover 95,000 miles of shoreline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of waters.
2014 Tendering Purse Seine Herring in Sitka, AK
Watch this video of tendering purse seine caught herring in the 2014 Sitka SacRoe Herring Fishery
Many thanks to Ry MacDonald and the F/V Deco Bay.