Archive for January, 2008

The Battle Continues on Fishing Limits

A new method for counting fish by the International Pacific Halibut Commission has set off another round of debate among Alaska’s charter and commercial fleets and could have far-reaching effects for both industries. …”

http://www.homernews.com/stories/01022008/news_1_001.shtml 

Commercial fishermen in Southeast Alaska are still in an outcry over newly imposed fishing limits that cut their fishing take.  The fishing limits imposed in other areas are not cutting down on the catch amounts.  At least this article gives some information on the reasoning behind the halibut catch cuts.

 Learn more about halibut fishing in Alaska

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More Controversy About Possibly Damaging Mine

“The gold mine proposed for this stunning open country might be the largest in North America. It would involve building the biggest dam in the world at the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, which it would risk obliterating. ”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/24/AR2007122401915.html?hpid=topnews

It looks like the decision will be up to residents, as it should be.  The environmental effects of something so large are a big worry.  How can you put a huge mine into Alaska’s wild country without encountering some problematic side effects?  Hopefully whatever happens will not inflict damage on Alaska’s salmon stocks or fishing industry.

Find more info on Alaskan Salmon Fishing

Halibut Catch Cuts

Southeast Alaska’s halibut fishing industry will face a lower catch limit again this season if recommendations made this month by the International Pacific Halibut Commission stand.”

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/122407/sta_20071224012.shtml

Limiting halibut fishing will help the industry in the longrun, but short term the cuts are tough on those in the industry.  The good news is that larger catches are allowed for other areas of Alaska, like Kodiak. 

Learn more about Alaska Halibut fishing

Less Waste but More Cost for Commercial Fishermen

“Large bottom-trawling vessels fishing off Alaska will be required to retain more of the fish they actually catch instead of throwing unwanted species overboard.”

http://www.adn.com/alaska/story/242662.html

It seems like a good idea to eliminate or lessen the waste caused by throwing away “lesser desirable” fish species, but execution for Alaskan fishermen may be something else.  What will happen to these fish if there’s no market for them? Let’s see how it plays out.

Learn more about Alaska fish species