Cuts of up to 60% are on the table this week for Chinook salmon bycatch in Alaska's Bering Sea pollock fishery, prompting concerns among industry sources watching the issue closely this week.
"This would be potentially disastrous," one pollock industry source told Undercurrent News, going on to explain that the numbers get quite prohibitive when spread out among each vessel.
"A bad tow, and it could be all over for a vessel," the source said.
The 60% reduction would only apply to low abundance years, but these can occur for extended periods of time. Low abundance years have persisted since 2010, Stephanie Madsen, executive director for the At Sea Processors Association (APA), told Undercurrent.
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