Written by Leslie Taylor
FAIRBANKS — A proposed plan to allocate halibut catch shares between charter and commercial boats will not necessarily lead to a one-fish per day limit for charter boat customers in waters off Southcentral Alaska, according to a summary released by North Pacific Fishery Management Council staff.
The plan would replace the current “guideline harvest level” system with a system that allocates a percentage of the total allowable halibut catch between the commercial and charter sectors. The council staff, employees of the National Marine Fisheries Service, said the plan was developed, in part, to allow the allocation between commercial and charter sectors to fluctuate, “with relatively higher allocations to the charter sector in years of lower abundance, when that sector would be most affected.”
However, some charter boat operators have criticized the latest so called “catch-sharing plan,” saying it could lead to a one-fish per trip limit in Southcentral Alaska waters, similar to the rule applied in Southeast Alaska during the past three years.
The staff summary said that criticism is “unfounded.”
The summary was placed on items for the council to consider in advance of its Sept. 30-Oct.8 meeting in Anchorage. The plan is not on the council’s meeting agenda.
If the plan would have been in effect this year, the staff summary said, “in Area 3A (southcentral), the (charter) allocation would have been 17.5 percent of the combined catch limit for that area (slightly higher than the 2012 harvest), and would have resulted in no change to bag limits (i.e., the limit would have remained two fish of any size).”
Read the full story at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner>>
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States.
The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.Read more...
Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.