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We believe safety isn't an accident - you have to work proactively to maintain a safe workplace and to train a safe workforce.  That is why we encourage our crew to better themselves by attending safety courses offered through organazations such as

Not only do we encourage our crew, we step up to the plate and pay for our crew to attend.  Further, a more trained crewmember will move up in the pay scale aboard the vessels.  It's a win-win-win.

Listed below are just a few of the safety training opportunities that are out there:

 June 27, 2015 Commentary by Shannyn Moore - Let that Barn Door go, fisherman, and we'll have halibut for years to come 


Here are my notes from Clem Tillion’s testimony today before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Sitka, Alaska:

Mr. Tillion was there representing the Aleut Enterprise Corporation:

Advocating Individual vessel responsibility - Sacred cows make the best hamburger

Let’s chew some up:

Throwing back halibut over 26” = wastage

It’s not biological it’s economic - Keep 26” and above fish

Stop throwing them over – immoral to throw back.

Recommend the Council notify the IPHC that anything over 26” thrown back is a crime against the biology.

If they won’t do it, let’s end the treaty.

NMFS – if you want to save a lot of halibut allow trawl crew 30 minutes to throw back any halibut that you can get your hands on – underway so you don’t feed the whales.

If NMFS doesn’t like anyone but hired help to throw over – tough shouldn’t force extra bycatch.

80% survival to throw overboard – short tows and throw back just have observers look/watch/time and give the crew 30 minutes to get rid of the halibut bycatch.

Count Bycatch only for halibut left aboard after 30 minutes. 

Do what’s right biologically.

Pictured above, Clem Tillion addresses the crowd as Captain Hezel receives 2013 Highliner Award.

Read more about this important issue: NPFMC 223 Plenary Sitka C-2 

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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council Voted for the following Halibut Bycatch Reductions by sector today in Sitka

Alaska Seafood Co-op and Village Groups Support Deck Sorted Halibut Satellite Tag Study

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton June 3, 2015

The Alaska Seafood Cooperative and representatives of Western Alaska villages and native fisheries have been cooperating since 2012 to find ways of prosecuting the yellowfin sole fishery in a way that minimized impacts on halibut.

Now the projects working group, called Chaninik Qaluyat Nunivak (CQN) has announced that funding has been awarded by the North Pacific Research Board for deploying satellite tags on halibut released through rapid deck sorting.

The CQN Working Group was established by voluntary agreement in late 2012 and is comprised of ten members total – five from the Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC) and five representing the Bering Sea Elders Group (BSEG), the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP), and villages in the area. 

The purpose of the Working Group is to provide the opportunity for a productive yellowfin sole fishery while minimizing the impact of that fishery on the way of the life of the people who use the region to maintain their economic, nutritional, and cultural wellbeing, and to work to reduce the impacts of the yellowfin sole fishery over time, as guided by research, traditional knowledge, and best available technology and fishing practices. 

In November 2014 the CQN Working Group discussed the importance of modifying fishing practices to reduce halibut mortality. The Seafood Co-operative had been working on a project to get halibut caught in trawl nets back into the water as quickly as possible by sorting them on deck. 

The CQN Working Group supported experimental deck sorting but wanted to gain a better understanding of how expedited release would improve survival. They directed Ms. Drobny, contract biologist to the Working Group, to develop a research project design. With funding now secured, the project plans to attach 120 satellite tags to halibut released during experimental deck sorting. 

These tags will monitor the halibuts’ movements, and thus survival, for 100 days after its release from the ship. This will provide a better understanding of the effect that being caught and released in the trawl fishery has on these halibut. Ms. Drobny will field test the tags on a local community vessel this year prior to deploying tags on AKSC vessels in 2016. 

The CQN Working Group met again earlier this month in Bethel, Alaska to continue to discuss ways to work together in support of their mission and plans to meet again in Fall 2015.

Read more on this issue:  C2 NPFMC Sitka June

Reallocating Alaskan halibut allocation could ruin Seattle's trawl fleet

A reallocation of this magnitude would have disastrous economic outcomes for trawl fishermen and maritime communities in Puget Sound and Alaska.