The Anchorage Daily News reports that king salmon runs are failing to reach minimum escapement goals on two of the most famous king salmon rivers in Alaska.
This should not come as a surprise, as we have reported here that continued unobserved trawler operations in the Gulf of Alaska, the Shelikof Strait, and the Bering Sea are catching tens of thousands of king salmon every year thus depleting the spawning stocks and starving northern Alaska villages. This a perfect opportunity for the sport fishermen of the world to demand 100% observer coverage on all trawling operations in the Gulf of Alaska. While the Bering Sea is already covered, the NMFS and the NPFMC simply turn their backs on their responsibilities to the king salmon resource while allowing continued pollock trawling for giant profits. The fact is that the Kodiak pollock trawlers are out in front of the Karluk River today, cleaning out the feeder kings.
Friends should never allow friends to eat artificial crab, fillet o fish, or any other form of pollock. For whitefish, insist on hook caught fish only.
So not only are the Gulf of Alaska trawlers destroying halibut, purportedly making dirty tows on young halibut simply to destroy what they see as a resource that restricts their growth, but hammering the rising stocks of tanner crab and the depleted king crab, both with bottom trawls and with supposedly mid water or pelagic trawls. How else does X get the belly of his pelagic trawl ripped out with crab pots?
The destruction of king salmon is just another pawn in the game of trawling the Gulf of Alaska to death. Demand 100% rock solid observer data to stop the wholesale destruction of these precious resources.