Alaska commercial fishing news and notes
So how about a little investigative reporting. Was the first commenter on the previous IPHC commish hunt post correct.Is the reason the call for nominations has been extended because the National Marine trawl service's choice was found to be not qualified. And, Ms Behnken, who has lots of support from the halibut fleet, is frowned upon by NMFS because she has the audacity to point out the revamped observer system is a farce which will burden small boat fixed gear fishermen while lessening coverage on trawlers???Would some real journalism be too much to ask??
One possibility is last year was an election year and a responsible party thought that perhaps a Republican might be elected president if the process was stalled long enough....
Brian Kandoll is a great guybut, your story of his illegal Halibut catch and fine on thebrig bring up the same question. Why are Fish pirates notforfeiting their IFQs as the law states. oVER 10,000 POUNDS ISA BIG DEAL.
Gee, the lady from SE Alaska sure was willing to impose an observer program on anyone else's fishery while she served on the Council, but now she is a saint because she protests the same service on hers?Ha. Ha Ha.
I was on the AP for 8 years when we Americanized the fishery. One of the great tragedies is that we didn't get full observer coverage all the time on every trawler fishing off Alaska. Another one is that we let the trawlers into the halibut savings grounds off the Peninsula. My understanding is that Linda is fighting for a much better observer program utilizing video camera's etc. like they do in BC that recognizes the difficulties in placing observers, both for the observer and the skippers and crews, on small longliners. I have had observers on under 40 foot boats for up to 10 days at a time. While it always worked out for us, I could see the potential for challenges in everything from privacy to intimacy. Whether you like Linda or not she is, as usual, on the right side of this observer controversy. And she will make the good fight for her constituency, the resource, the state and nation, regardless of the effect on her personally. When she was awarded the National Fisherman Magazine Highliner award the chant in the room from fellow highliners was "Tough Enough". So, those of you opposing Linda, do you have anyone else you are putting forward who is a working halibut skipper and crewmember, has the educational and fisheries political experience, and is even remotely as tough as Linda? I would like to meet that person.
The small boat longline fleet supports monitoring, just not a program that is onerous and costs nearly triple of what the old program did.
We can't afford to lessen the observer coverage on the trawlers. It looks like a case of the biggest bullies hiding behind the little guy in the crowd.
Weren't they recommending a 35% cut for the Canadians? and their quota will be the same as it was last year? What happened there?
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