Tuesday, June 7, 2011
With no observer aboard, the Golden Fleas has been spending a lot of time hammering away on the flats off Chiniak. Halibut boats nearby are getting lots of small halibut too, so the unobserved Golden Fleas (special exemption) must be helping reduce the abundance of small halibut in the GOA. Time to collar the secretive Golden Fleas. Unobserved solitary draggers are scarier than whole fleets, since they are more capable of secrecy.
"(ii) Amendment 80 vessels in the GOA processors. Except for the F/V GOLDEN FLEECE (USCG Documentation Number 609951), all Amendment 80 vessels, except when directed fishing for scallops using dredge gear, in the GOA must have onboard at least one NMFS-certified observer for each day that the vessel is used to harvest, receive, or process groundfish in the GOA management areas or adjacent waters open by the State of Alaska for which it adopts a Federal fishing season."
Why? Who arranged that exception, and for how much cash? Uncle Ted or Yon Dung?
State of Alaska's backbone on King salmon bycatch by GOA pollock draggers appears to be weakening. Julie and her gang have been banging out their statistical bullshit to some affect, claiming 'stranded quota' of pollock trumps King salmon damage by GOA draggers. This is a free admission that the drag fleet is incapable of controlling themselves or their bycatch. Isn't that why we have laws? 'Stranded quota' should never be an argument for allowing wasteful behavior.
Warm fuzzies and wet smoochie kisses to all the fat spinning spiders for getting the food banks involved in covering the sins of the drag fleet. This feel good program does perhaps pass on a fraction of the otherwise groundup high value bycatch to hungry people, but it diffuses the outrage at that waste, and so is an enemy of good management.
Starting in August, more fish will be delivered from the Gulf of Alaska.
"A lot of the processors who work in the Bering Sea also work in the Gulf," said Jim Harmon, Sea Share director. "They came to us earlier this year and said, 'We want to provide more fish to hunger relief, and we want to include the "prohibited species catch" we get in the Gulf pollock fishery.'"
Thieves, who give their victims' bodies to beggars, are still thieves.
Keep yer flippers wet.