Public Comment: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council and Trawl Bycatch Management

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is meeting in Kodiak and took public comment on Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management through the weekend and Monday morning.

Currently before the council are a few alternatives: alternative two, in which harvesters who qualify would be awarded shares of catch based on their historical participation, alternative three, which would allocate the bycatch species among catcher boats, and  alternative four, which would create a community fishery association and could be implemented alongside the other two options.

During public comment, members of the fishing industry stepped forward to share their thoughts on those alternatives and other aspects of Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management.

Here are some excerpts from the meeting Monday morning, presented in no particular order.

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The meeting began last Monday and ends Tuesday.

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