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Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery Buyback Program

Informational meetings on Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery capacity reduction plan.

In August 2016, the Southeast Revitalization Association submitted a second capacity reduction plan for the Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery. This second plan was submitted and then approved by NOAA Fisheries in October 2016. NOAA Fisheries will conduct a series of four informational meetings in November 2016 and hold a referendum vote for the eligible permit holders from December 13, 2016 - January 13, 2017. The second referendum, if approved, will result in a loan of $5.8 million and permanently retire an additional 22 permits from the fishery. As of October 21, 2016, there are 315 permits in the fishery designated as S01A by CFEC.

Beginning November 14, 2016, NOAA Fisheries will conduct a series of four public informational meetings regarding the reduction plan for the Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery. 

Meeting Dates and Locations

Monday, November 14, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Sitka, AK, at the Westmark Sitka Hotel (330 Seward Street). 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Ketchikan, AK, at the Best Western Plus Landing Hotel (3434 Tongass Avenue). 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Petersburg, AK, at the Petersburg Public Library Community Room (14 South Second Street). 

Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  at the Pacific Marine Expo, CenturyLink Field Event Center Media Room 1D47 (800 Occidental Ave South), Seattle, WA.

For Questions, contact  Michael Sturtevant at

Background Information

Congress authorized (Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 Section 209 of Title II of Division B of Pub. L. 108–447 as amended) up to a $23,476,500 loan to finance a fishing capacity reduction program in the Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery.  The Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery is a commercial fishery in Alaska state waters and adjacent Federal waters.  It encompasses the commercial taking of salmon with purse seine gear, and participation is limited to fishermen designated by the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.

NMFS published proposed program regulations on May 23, 2011 (76 FR 29707), and final program regulations on October 6, 2011 (76 FR 61986), to implement the reduction program.  Subsequently, the Southeast Revitalization Association submitted a capacity reduction plan approved by NMFS on February 24, 2012.  NMFS conducted a referendum to determine the industry’s willingness to repay a $13,133,030 fishing capacity reduction loan to remove 64 permits.  NMFS received 269 timely and valid votes of which 215 approved the fees.  This exceeded the majority of permit holders (190) required for industry fee system approval.

The initial fee rate necessary to repay the loan was established at the maximum of 3% of landed value when fee collection began July 22, 2012.  NMFS determined this rate was generating more than necessary to amortize the 40-year loan thus reduced the fee rate to 1.5% effective June 1, 2013 and to 1% effective June 1, 2015.  The interest rate is fixed at 4.57%.

Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon Buyback Loan Fees are due by the 15th day of the month after the month in which landings occurred.  Buyback fees received after that date are subject to a 1.5% per month (or portion thereof) late charge fee.

Please see the links below for more information and visit to submit fee collection payments.

Click here for a summary of loan balances.




Regulations & Notices


Chris McEntee
(301) 427-8769
Michael A. Sturtevant
(301) 427-8799
Financial Services Division (F/MB5)
Office of Management and Budget
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910