ALASKA POLLOCK COOPERATIVES AGREE TO 5,000 SQUARE MILE SALMON BYCATCH AVOIDANCE AREA IN BERING SEA
July 14, 2011
Chum salmon are proving to be more abundant so far this year. This is reflected on the pollock grounds and in river escapements. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (“ADFG”) recently increased Yukon River run size projections to 2.0 million fish, up from 1.3 to 1.6 million chum salmon.
Under the cooperative program, SeaState, an independent organization, reviews federal observer data collected while vessels are actively fishing and has the authority to close specific fishing grounds whenever a salmon “hot spot” is identified. The fishery also uses spatial measures for other species, such as squid, where bycatch was successfully reduced several years ago through area closures.
“We as the Inter-cooperative can take the bull by the horns and address this problem”, explains John Gruver of the United Catcher Boats. “I think we are doing the right thing.”
Several years ago, the Alaska pollock fishery became one of the nation’s first “catch share” fisheries, effectively ending the race for fish and replacing it with a cooperative-based fishing culture.
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