Incidental harvest of king salmon in the non-pollock trawl fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska, a hot button issue for both commercial and sport fishermen, may come before federal fisheries regulators again in April.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council heard 12 hours of testimony at its December meeting in Anchorage as well as discussions about the incidental catch of chum salmon in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fisheries.
The council then added the Gulf of Alaska king salmon bycatch issue to the agenda for its April meeting in Anchorage. The council, which considers bycatch a priority issue, has directed its staff to refine its analysis.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.