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!
Town Hall on March 5 is aimed at AK charter operators and recreational fishermen from coastal communities.
NOAA project violates Executive Order of 2016 that bans bottom trawling in the Northern Bering Sea, claim AK tribes and conservationists.
NOAA plans multi-year trawl studies at Northern Bering Sea starting this summer “after consulting with Tribal Governments.”
Nine AK village leaders claim no contact from NOAA, nor requests for input on the massive trawl project “although a contract already has been awarded to a trawl vessel.”
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.
Halibut bycatch comes off the top of catch limits for halibut fishermen. Bycatch by the A80 trawlers is more than the yearly catches allowed for many Alaska regions, Canada and the West Coast.
Bycatch by trawlers is not considered under “potential impacts of salmon production” in the draft report nor in “data gaps.”
Here are the fish prices that determine the fees paid by AK fishermen to cover the costs of management, enforcement and observers.
The minutes from Dec. show how complex the bycatch issue is; processors must be part of the solution.