After nearly 10 years of discussion by the NPFMC, trawlers will be held to the same standard as all other AK halibut users.
Focus now is on bycatch of salmon, crab and halibut; herring and other species also will soon be reviewed.
The NPFMC continues to shift the conservation responsibility from trawlers… to Alaska families, rural residents, businesses and fishermen.
Peltola wants answers to several questions about trawl bycatch of orcas, including claims of “new behavior” by the whales.
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.”
APA’s Madsen: Adding local knowledge “could further slow the council’s decision-making process” and…”will have to be balanced with the needs of stakeholders seeking expeditious action.” (As in 10+ years of talk and no action about crab protections?)
Over-emphasis on climate change distracts from near-term actions to save the crab and the fleet, ABSC says.
NPFMC reports cite killer whales feeding on discarded trawl bycatch in 2016, 2017 and earlier.
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!
Another orca was entangled in NOAA longline gear during a summer survey.