The NPFMC set a PSC hard cap of 22,500 king salmon for the Gulf of Alaska pollock fleet today as their preferred alternative for analysis in a stunning move toward enlightened and responsible resource management. There is plenty of credit to pass around, to all the groups and individuals who pushed for this new day in the management of the Gulf of Alaska. Final action is scheduled in June, so do not take off the gloves yet.
But to be fair, this could not have happened without members of the NPFMC finally recognizing their responsibility to the king salmon resource. Alaska's Governor Sean Parnell made a promise to reduce bycatch, and his choice of Fish and Game Commissioner, Cora Campbell made the successful motion. The arguments were heated, emotional, and dramatic. In the end the NPFMC voted to do the right thing. This is a huge victory for the State of Alaska toward the end of colonialism in its fishery resources; a huge victory for all the little people who have been marginalised for too long.
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