"We are certainly most sympathetic to the plight of fishermen in these trying times," Alaska Fisheries Science Center Director Doug DeMaster added. "A healthy ecosystem is in the long-term interest of fishermen, who depend more than most industries on natural resources. We are looking forward to working with our partners and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to maintain healthy, robust ecosystems for the long-term economic benefit of fishers in Alaska."
Perhaps. As a sealion, I am pleased, but the reality is that industry has too much sway over the decisions regarding the protection of the ecosystem and that threatens all of us in fishing for the long haul. For ecosystem protection, the extreme bycatch of draggers in the GOA and elsewhere must be reined in, period. Were it so easy to protect the resources...ha!...when the NPFMC refuses to protect those species deemed Prohibited Species like halibut, king salmon and crab. 'Best science' becomes a club to slug us over the head with when we demand protection and the draggers cry foul over not having enough good data and then drag their feet when good data collection is suggested. Catch -22.
Keep yer flipper wet.