Sunday, May 1, 2011

Catch Sharing Plan

AN INTERESTING QUOTE FROM THE ALASKA LONGLINE FISHERMEN ASSOCIATION NEWS LETTER! 3/30/2011


"The halibut biomass has dropped 50 percent over the past decade and catch
limits for the directed fisheries have been dramatically reduced to promote
rebuilding, yet halibut bycatch limits for the trawl industry have not been
reduced since they were set in 1986. Groundfish fisheries (trawl and fixed
gear) in the Gulf of Alaska are allowed to take 2,300 metric tons of halibut as
bycatch. In fact, the number of halibut annually taken as bycatch equals the
number of halibut taken each year in the directed fishery.
Halibut taken in trawls are mostly small fish (less than 32 inches), but since those small fish
represent the rebuilding potential of the halibut stock—and the economic survival of the halibut fishermen—that bycatch is unacceptable".
The same number of halibut being wasted as being harvested, good god! The NPFMC and NMFS solution, restrict the sport fisherman.

4 comments:

joe said...

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flatfish said...

Lets Talk. The CSP needs a lot of work. lets start here

AlaskaJim said...

Typical answer from a government bureaucracy... Sometimes one wonders where do they find these people and why do we allow them to continue. We need some common sense in our government from somewhere.

AlaskaJim said...

Typical answer from a government bureaucracy... Sometimes one wonders where do they find these people and why do we allow them to continue. We need some common sense in our government from somewhere.