A proposal to the Alaska Board of Fisheries from last year to look at developing a state-waters pollock fishery is getting legs with a test fishery with seines in Kachemak Bay.
Rather than issue an allocation at the time, the board decided to form a work group with the goal of providing the board with a discussion on a state-waters guideline harvest level and an explanation of whether and how a state-waters quota for pollock would protect and maintain Alaska's marine resources and maximize the benefits of pollock for the state.
It was originally thought that Kodiak would be the base for the test fishery, and a commissioner's permit was issued, but no one signed up to fish it.
Some Homer fishermen approached Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Jan Rumble about trying it in Kachemak Bay, so a permit was put together, rules established, and boats signed up to fish.
"So there's been some pollock fishing the last couple of weeks," Rumble said.
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