“Rather than regulation, the NPFMC is officially encouraging crabbers and trawlers to figure it out on their own,” writes Terry Haines.
The resolution urges the AK Congressional delegation to get on board with the idea.
NPFMC brushed king crab protections off the table, took agenda items out of order, punted on keeping ‘pelagic’ gear off the bottom. And it’s A-OK with AK!
Public comments to NPFMC reveal outrage, frustration, no confidence. Read them here —
NOAA project violates Executive Order of 2016 that bans bottom trawling in the Northern Bering Sea, claim AK tribes and conservationists.
NPFMC/NOAA plan years of discussion on pelagic trawl “definitions.” Terry Haines explains that “20 crab must be visible!”
The minutes from the first Bycatch Utilization committee meeting show how complex the issue is.
Halibut scientists blame ‘bad recruitment’ as a primary driver of the reduced catches. Further reductions are likely in the future.
“Further reductions are likely,” says IPHC. “Every voice supported following the science.”
Five tribal groups request a cap of zero Chinook salmon as bycatch in the pollock trawl fishery…although some of their boats are part of the problem.