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.
NOAA is “evaluating” the trawler whale takes. Any other fisherman/gear would immediately be arrested and fined thousands of dollars.
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.”
Dunleavy crony Porcaro, recipient of a $136,000 state fish job, says ‘they’ didn’t want someone with knowledge of fish”
Porcaro portrayed his lack of fishing knowledge as a plus saying, “They’re looking for somebody that had a lot of broad experience.”
Goals target sustainable production, increase in US aquaculture, market access. Huge inequities remain between $$ for farmers, fishermen.
Salmon and crab bycatch research, management top the meeting agenda.
Gov’t aims for more “equity” in ocean benefits and “sharing the burdens” of negative impacts by human activities.
AK communities get clipped to protect halibut stock while trawl bycatch increases, per IPHC.