Gov says he wants to “get more fish to return to Alaska’s waters” …??
Below is the press release sent out by Gov. Dunleavy’s office —
|For Immediate Release 22-243 Governor Dunleavy Receives Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force Report|
|December 8, 2022 (Anchorage, AK) – Today, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy received the final report conducted by the Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force (ABRT), which he formed last November under Administrative Order No. 326. The ABRT studied what impacts bycatch has on fisheries to further recommend policies and to ensure state agencies are leveraging available resources to better understand the issue of bycatch. “I would like to thank the task force members for their hard work and service,” said Governor Dunleavy. “I look forward to working with task force members and stakeholders to do everything we can to get more fish to return to Alaska’s waters.” Click here to view the final Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force Report.|
My initial reaction: Dunleavy’s response seems to refer only to salmon in terms of “returns.” He says nothing about protecting the fish and crab stocks that are already here.