Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force Final Report Released
Posted & Edited by MARY KAUFFMAN
December 12, 2022
The Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force report studied what impacts bycatch has on fisheries to further recommend policies and to ensure state agencies are leveraging available resources to better understand the issue of bycatch and to utilize the best available science to inform policy makers and the public about these issues.
Fifteen voting and two non-voting members were appointed from all areas of the state representing diverse interests. The voting members represent subsistence, Alaska Native interests, sport charter, personal use, communities, and the commercial sectors of halibut, salmon, crab, and trawl groundfish, as well as representatives from the Department of Fish Game and Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
“I would like to thank the task force members for their hard work and service,” said Governor Dunleavy. “I look forward to working with task force members and stakeholders to do everything we can to get more fish to return to Alaska’s waters.”
The work largely fell to four committees to become informed by a better understanding of the bycatch issue in order to prepare research, state engagement and management recommendations. The Science Committee was created to help the other committees organize their presentations and to be a resource for the committees and Task Force.
Between full Task Force and committee meetings, there have been 43 meetings since the organizational meeting in January. Over 40 presentations have been given thus far from agencies, research organizations, and industry groups.
Click here to download and read the 45 page Final Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force Report (pdf).
All presentations and other meeting information can be found on the Task Force website at: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=bycatchtaskforce.main