Trawl stakeholders will be proposing improvements to existing performance standards with the focus on crab bycatch.
AK 2023 winners: UW – reducing halibut bycatch in P-cod bottom trawl fishery; IPHC – minimizing whale takes in longline fisheries.
“If you go back at least to the 1980s, the basic situation by which fish are bought and sold and prices are set has been pretty much the same.”
Sockeye harvest higher than average; chums, coho, Chinook catches below average.
NY Times writers point out Gov. Dunleavy’s push for Pebble Mine while a vast majority of Alaskans say “wrong mine, wrong place.”
NOAA is “evaluating” the trawler whale takes. Any other fisherman/gear would immediately be arrested and fined thousands of dollars.
AK’s salmon season is wrapping up with some fishing still underway.
The 2024 sockeye projection for Bristol Bay would be well below the 10 year average.
The word ‘bycatch’ does not even appear in the State of AK’s testimony to NOAA about its intent to modernize fishing regs.
NOAA says it’s “unclear” about lethal takes of orcas by trawlers. “No comment.”