NPFMC punts on W. AK salmon bycatch; opts for “discussions” and “requests”

The NPFMC "requests" that trawlers "immediately" find new ways to avoid salmon bycatch; "commits" to "continued improvements."

by | June 14, 2022

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Says climate is primary driver of poor salmon returns

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council on Monday provided a motion that “acknowledges the Western Alaska salmon crisis and the impact it is having on culture and food security throughout the region.”

It adds that “science indicates climate as the primary driver” for the poor salmon returns.

That’s the likely reason that large trawl companies are using every opportunity to claim that their sector has a low carbon footprint.

“It’s lower than tofu!” boasted Stephanie Madsen on April 7 at an AK Resource Development Council breakfast presentation.

Madsen, who is executive director of the At-sea Processors Association and a former NPFMC chair also added: “I’m not quite sure why the anti-trawl voice is increasing in volume.”

Carbon Impacts of Wild Alaska Pollock as Compared to Other Proteins
Credit: Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP)

NPFMC “requests” pollock industry to do better

Below is the full NPFMC motion on D1 “salmon reports.” Read more on the story here –

The NPFMC “discussions” and “requests” will be revisited in upcoming meetings.

Tagged as: NPFMC

About Laine

Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.


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