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.
Here are the fish prices that determine the fees paid by AK fishermen to cover the costs of management, enforcement and observers.
“Keeping trawlers rich is more important to decision-makers than stopping or reducing bycatch — and its impact on Alaskans.”
Seattle trawlers side with feds against AK tribes & enviro groups over setting groundfish catch limits
Current groundfish harvest specs are based on a 2007 management plan and an EIS from 2004.
NPFMC identifies “onramps” to include local/traditional/subsistence knowledge in its decision-making process
Pollock trawlers worry adding traditional/subsistence knowledge to NPFMC deliberations will “slow down the process;” not be “objective.”
Seafoodnews.com: Chum Salmon Bycatch Issue Draws Gut-Wrenching Testimony from AYK Residents to NPFMC Members
“There is no chum salmon stock assessment done in the Bering Sea, so little is known about origins or migration patterns of the chum caught as bycatch.”…So where does the data on the NPFMC/Industry charts on chum origins come from?
Alaskans along the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers don’t care where the salmon taken as trawl bycatch originate; they just want to be able to catch some!
“The loss of the salmon is not just a food security problem; it is a cultural security problem.”
AK pollock industry “concerned” about more local, traditional knowledge being added to NPFMC process
NPFMC will decide in October whether to include traditional knowledge and add more AK Native voices.
Bethel joins Tanana Chiefs Conference and Association of Village Council Presidents in federal lawsuits over outdated NOAA fishery guidelines.