TRAWL BYCATCH EFFECTS EVERYONE
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|Halibut, lots of halibut, are clearly visible on this dragger's deck and sorting table.|
“The bycatch numbers are wrong. We don’t do enough survey work and there is way more halibut out there than anybody is acknowledging.
“We see ‘em everyday. And this elephant in the room---the 100% …observer program…that might be workable if we started with the right amount of numbers, but we don’t have the right numbers of halibut out there.
“It is way more than you guys are talking about here. We can’t take 100% observer coverage when there is so much more halibut than you are already talking about. It isn’t going to work.” 02/02/2016 C-2 Public Testimony, recorder time 9:10:59
|The trawl-density distribution of observed tows and observed joint-venture deliveries within 25-km2 grid squares during 1973–2001. The white boundary line shows the old (1959-1977) Japanese Broodstock Sanctuary (Dew 2010b). Trawling intensity is highest in the Unimak area and relatively low in the more offshore area to the northeast, where the present-day broodstock remains (Fig.3, Dew and McConnaughey, 2005)|
|Chinook salmon numbers in blue, the observer numbers in red.|