"The existing GOA Prohibited Species Cap (PSC) limits have been in place for trawl fisheries since 1986 and for fixed gear fisheries since 1996."
"Monitoring of both historical and current bycatch mortality is inadequate, and the PSC limit for trawl fisheries should be reduced as a precautionary measure until the improved observer procedures are implemented, at which time the estimated bycatch mortality levels can be re-evaluated in the context of halibut stock dynamics." http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/halibut_issues/IPHC_PSCdiscpaper311.pdf
This has been an open secret for fifty years, as far as domestic trawling in the Gulf of Alaska is concerned. We know it. We have plenty of living witnesses. But few have had the balls to make it public. That rare video tape that you find on this blog illustrates the point that lies and deception have ruled the day. Money does indeed talk. So when the stodgy folks at the IPHC finally come clean and say that trawling on halibut stocks threatens the survival of those stocks, well, take heart. I smell change in the air. Or am I down wind of the haulout?
Keep yer flippers wet.