Here's an update on that photographic evidence of appalling bairdi Tanner crab bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council late Thursday voted to analyze options to possibly close important crab waters off Kodiak.
The closures could apply not only to groundfish trawlers, but also to pot boats that incur crab bycatch while pursuing cod.
By the way, it's probably not accurate for readers to conclude the council action was a direct response to seeing those pictures of wasted crab.
In fact, crab as well as salmon bycatch in the Gulf commercial fisheries has been on the council's radar screen for some years now.
Read all about it in this discussion paper prepared for this week's council meeting.
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