National Fisherman

A video released by environmentalists to highlight wastage in the pink salmon fishery is not representative of the seine fleet and contains inaccuracies and exaggeration, a senior official with the B.C. commercial fishery industry said Thursday.

"Obviously, there are always a few bad actors," Canfisco vice-president Rob Morley said in an interview. "We don't condone those activities and advise all our skippers to ensure they try to return all bycatch...with the least possible harm."

He added that the video footage is "very selective and is not representative of what the majority of the fleet are doing" and that a handful of independent third-party observers funded by industry to monitor the fishery estimate the bycatch at about two per cent.

"That's extremely low," he said. "This is a very clean fishery."

The eight-minute video, taken near Gil Island south of Hartley Bay, shows a large seine net of salmon pulled alongside the vessel and a smaller dipnet known as a brailler used to scoop perhaps 200 fish at a time onto the deck to be sorted by species. The fishery allows for retention of pinks and coho, but the return of sockeye, chum, chinook, and steelhead.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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