Artificial Intelligence vastly outperformed humans and provided consistent, reliable crab sex classification.
Kodiak and the Westward Region Tanner crab fishery opens on January 15.
Focus now is on bycatch of salmon, crab and halibut; herring and other species also will soon be reviewed.
Tanner stock looks like it will sustain a fishery into 2025; another large recruitment also appears on the radar!
Over-emphasis on climate change distracts from near-term actions to save the crab and the fleet, ABSC says.
Most of the Bering Sea crab goes into the holds of WA boats. And as stocks plummet, NPFMC increases crab bycatch for Seattle-based trawlers.
“Any restrictions on human activity are considered effectively useless.'” NPFMC in 2022 on snow crab rebuilding plan, which excludes bycatch.
Also proposes nearly 8 million pounds of halibut and herring as bycatch for each of the next two years.
Trawl stakeholders will be proposing improvements to existing performance standards with the focus on crab bycatch.
Crabbers have asked for Kodiak Tanner protections for 2 decades; NPFMC will revisit discussions in December.