bycatch program for 2011
August 30, 2010
Juneau, Alaska - Fishers trawling for pollock in the Bering Sea will have new guidelines beginning next year to minimize the accidental catch-or "bycatch"-of Chinook salmon in their nets.
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service today published in the Federal Register the final rule to implement the Chinook salmon bycatch management program for the 2011 pollock fishery. The program:
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended the plan as Amendment 91 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. NOAA Fisheries wrote the final rule based on the Council's plan and taking into consideration public review and comments on the amendment and proposed rule.
The Bering Sea pollock fishery is the largest single species fishery by volume in the United States. It also accounts for about 95% of Chinook salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea groundfish fisheries.
"Commercial fisheries as well as communities in Western Alaska depend upon Chinook salmon for their livelihoods and way of life," said Jim Balsiger, regional administrator for the Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries. "Minimizing Chinook salmon bycatch is desirable and achievable for pollock fishers as well."
The final rule and Amendment 91 are available on the internet at: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/bycatch/
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