|Here are this week's Dirty Dozen Draggers placed here to celebrate the NPFMC's failure to control waste in the GOA. In the right column is the percentage of halibut PSC as compared to the catch. Ironically the Alaska Beauty is the dirtiest dragger this week with fully 43 percent of their 'cod catch' halibut PSC. No reasonable country or state would tolerate this kind of resource waste. Other draggers on this list show they can control their PSC, at least some of the time. Source. We will publish the NPFMC motion and vote when it becomes available.|
104 X 2200 = 228,800 pounds of halibut wasted by draggers just last week. Value? In cash terms to longliners, about one million six hundred thousand dollars ($1,601,600). In lost reproductive potential, in lost growth potential, in long term resource damage; all unknowns...but far in excess of the cash value lost. All in one week. Are we sure that is the full extent of the damage? Not at all, as the observer program is badly flawed. Well what about the report that just came out show that Alaska's bycatch was so much lower than the rest of the country? Totally misleading and released in a timely way to bolster dragger arguments before the NPFMC that they are so good and righteous...but the fact is that the bycatch in Alaska is a great unknown due to the misleading character of the posits in the extrapolations of a badly flawed observer system. Wouldn't you think the media in Alaska would examine this stuff? Wouldn't you think they might look deeper than a feel good press release by NMFS? Why would they? There is no more reward for real investigative journalism than for the embrace of press releases, that you don't have to rewrite for a public which remains largely uninformed. The preceding article here regarding faulty red king crab science is an indication of how easily twisted the shaky science is in institutions where uncomfortable findings are suppressed and independent thinking scientists are marginalized.