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Hydra Pro Dutch Harbor weighs in on the Amendment 80 Halibut Bycatch issue before the North Pacific Fishery Managment Council (June/Sitke)

26:1 ratio Amendment 80:Directed Halibut fishery - please read more and educate yourself before jumping to emotional conclusions regarding Halibut Bycatch:

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‘The overall biomass of Halibut in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska is fairly constant… it [halibut bycatch] is not a conservation issue, it’s a domestic allocation issue’
Chris Oliver, NPFMC 

Click below to watch the entire video,

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This is a very important issue to us in the Amendment 80 fleet; please take the time to read ByCatchFacts.org before jumping to emotional conclusions regarding bycatch.

For an in depth look at the issue (Agenda item C-2 @ 223rd Plenary NPFMC June/Sitka), read our Ship's bLog:

   NPFMC C-2 Halibut <-- Click here.

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Visit: www.BycatchFacts.Org for more information 

Halibut bycatch in the waters off Alaska is a contentious issue that has recently come under increased scrutiny. As new solutions are considered – some with far-reaching consequences – it’s important that the complexities of the issue are understood.

First, what is bycatch? Bycatch is fish that are caught but not kept on board a fishing vessel. Although fishermen try to avoid it, every fishery has bycatch. In some cases it’s fish that are too small or aren’t marketable. In others, it’s fish that are illegal to keep. In the Bering Sea halibut intermingle with other desired fish such as Pacific cod and flatfish, making it impossible to completely avoid halibut when catching these species. All halibut unintentionally caught by the groundfish fishery must be thrown back by law.

Two North Pacific Council Members Must Recuse Themselves on Halibut Bycatch Vote

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  By Peggy Parker and John Sackton  May 13, 2015

Two of the eleven voting members on the council were notified yesterday that they will need to recuse themselves, due to financial conflict of interest, on the halibut bycatch vote slated for the first week in June.

Siimon Kineen, Vice President & Quota & Acquisitions Manager for the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) and David Long, Captain and Fish Master for Glacier Fish Company, will be able to participate in all aspects of the Council’s deliberations relating to halibut bycatch, but must recuse themselves from voting. Both have the option to state for the record how they would have voted.

There is a lot at stake when dealing with the Halibut issue in the Bering Sea.  For every pound of halibut  there is a 1:12 ratio between Halibut directed Fishery and the Amendment 80 fleet.  

Further, and most importantly, the Amendment 80 numbers are verified by Federal Fisheries Observers; there are no observers on halibut directed fishery vessels.

Finally, don't let the halibut biomass anomoly punish a fleet "that has done everything right, in terms of bycatch reduction, reducing habitat impact, and cooperative fishing."

A fleet that supports the Coastal communities of:

Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a weekly basis in these ports and helping reduce the trade deficit.  

Read more about this important issue that threatens the Amendment 80 Sector, Alaska Coastal Communities, and US Export Economy

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Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

As the Sitka North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting nears (June 1-9), we couldn't help but notice the similarities between the current 'protectionist' movement to devastate the fishing export economy of Alaska (Amendment 80 fleet) for the well-meaning save the local small boat economy (Halibut) fishery, AND the Smoot Hawley Tariff of 1930.

 

Here's theback-story, in case you have forgotten. In 1930, well meaning Senator Reed Smoot (Utah) and Congressman Willis Hawley (Oregon) fought to protect the local (for today's exercise, Halibut) industry from the 'boogeyman' (Amendment 80); what resulted was a temporary increase in revenue for the locals, followed by a collapse of all industry (the Great Depression).

Read more about this in the Economist's "A cautionary tale of how a protectionist measure was passed." 

As the 223rd Plenary North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting nears (June/Sitka), we are finding supporters across the board.  Thank you to Jeff Bentz, president of North Star Terminal & Stevedore Co., LLC for their support of the Amendment 80 sector

Read about Agenda item C-2 Halibut Bycatch 

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