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US Intrepid is undergoing annual maintenance at the Curtis Wharf for the month of June

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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.

June 3, 2015 Seaport Steel Cutting Ceremony - AMERICA'S FINEST 

We are pleased to report that today we cut steel for the first nest of our America's Finest.  

 

Present for the ceremony from Fishermen's Finest: (Read more about America's Finest)

Ms. Park, CEO
Dennis Moran, President
Kristian Uri, General Manager
Dave Kettrick, Chief Engineer
Bob Hezel, Captain
Erin Moore, Captain

Dakota Creek Industries

Dick Nelson, CEO
Liz Stout, Project Manager
Joe Gilden
Justin Walker

Click for pictures from the Event:  Seaport Steel cuts Evraz DNV steel for Dakota Creek Hull #63

Click for video from the Event:     Seaport Steel cuts Evraz DNV steel for Dakota Creek Hull #63

Fishermen's Finest ~ a team of excellence ~ our name says it all.

 

Halibut bycatch in Bering Sea groundfish fisheries is not a conservation issue. The abundance of small halibut -- the ones hardest to avoid in the trawl flatfish and cod fisheries -- is almost twice what it was in 2002. Additionally, halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea has been reduced by nearly 50 percent since its peak in 1992. The halibut reduction required in 2008 for the Amendment 80 sector may not have satisfied everyone, but after careful consideration, it was deemed to be "practicable" as required by the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The act doesn’t have a footnote that says, “After 20 years you can throw practicability out the window and let politics prevail,” but that is the talk coming out of Alaska right now. Aside from the legality of these actions, there appears to be little regard for the jobs in fishing, processing, and support sectors in Alaska communities that depend on the groundfish fisheries. Read ADN May 28, 2015

The official comment period for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council June/Sitka 223rd Plenary Meeting ended at 5pm yesterday.  Here's a list of companies that weighed in supporting the Amendment 80 sector:

Click to read more on this important allocation issue facing our sector: C2 NPFMC 223

Fishermen's Finest ~ a team of excellence ~ our name says it all.