The June meeting of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is coming up shortly (June 6-14 in Nome), and this is your last opportunity to write a letter to the NPFMC regarding king salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska.
"Written comments and materials to be included in Council meeting notebooks must be received at the Council office by 5:00 pm (Alaska Time) on TUESDAY May 31, 2011. Written and oral comments should include a statement of the source and date of information provided as well as a brief description of the background and interests of the person(s) submitting the statement. Comments can be sent by mail or fax—please do not submit comments by e-mail." Address your letters to Eric Olson, Chair, Fax 907 271 2817.
Call Governor Sean Parnell's office and voice your concern as well, as this is a state's rights issue over our fisheries. http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/contact/email-the-governor.html
As you can see from the PSC catch information below, the GOA draggers are on schedule to exceed the proposed cap again this year. It is important that the cap on king salmon be implemented ASAP and be held to at least the 22,500 fish as listed in the Councils' preferred alternative.
Don't put it off, your input has convinced the NPFMC to begin a review of the terrible bycatch waste in the GOA by draggers, and perhaps we can sustain this forward momentum, but only through your involvement. It has been years since the NPFMC has taken a hard look at the waste of resources in the GOA. You have finally moved them. Next we'll push them to stop the killing off of our halibut by these same irresponsible draggers.
A dragger crewman's account available at: http://www.alaskacafe.blogspot.com/
Find out more about the Council's meeting agenda at :http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/Agendas/611Agenda.pdf
Listen in to the proceedings: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/audio.pdf
Keep yer flippers wet.