The sustainability of the pollock fishery fishery has been globally celebrated, but the ecosystem around this fishery is in peril. How is it assessed? Trawl surveys!
Rules on bycatch, other fishing regs up for changes; Public asked to weigh in
Proposed changes would rein in bycatch; Opponents include AK CDQ groups who say reg changes will cause “industry chaos.”
Slow going for first salmon opener at Copper River
Media hoopla runs high for the first fresh fish but prices plummet at retail.
AK crab group calls for reduced gear impact to aid in crab stock recovery
Crabbers, pot cod fishery working on gear modifications and other reforms to reduce crab bycatch. Trawlers? Nope.
Strong reactions to Seattle judge shutdown of Southeast AK troll fishery
Alaskans say causes of orca decline more likely from toxins, pollution, vessel traffic and habitat loss in Puget Sound, which judge ignored.
Sitka roe herring fishery ends; one-third of quota taken
Elsewhere, herring is canned, smoked, filleted, brined – in AK, it’s mostly valued only for the eggs at $0.12/lb. The bulk of the catch is discarded.
Wild Alaska Pollock Named Official Whitefish of NHL’s Seattle Kraken
“Seattle is home to the fleet that harvests one of the most sustainable proteins in the world, Wild Alaska Pollock.” says promo.
NPFMC rejects call for chum cap by own Advisory Panel & Salmon Bycatch Committee
One NPFMC member called the lack of W.AK salmon “unimaginably devastating” and “a humanitarian crisis.” The result? Months of more discussions…
SalmonState delivered over 700 comments to NPFMC urging action on trawl bycatch; largely ignored
“Traditional and other fishermen are bearing the burden of conservation while the pollock trawl fleet continues with business as usual.”
Two AK tribal organizations sue federal gov’t to protect subsistence salmon fishing
Lawsuit aims to hold the gov’t accountable for its “lack of action, lack of urgency” and “business as usual deliberate and ineffective management style as our people suffer and our waters are forever harmed.”