Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halibut Declines -Bycatch Continues

As we watch the halibut decline in size and numbers the Kodiak hard on the bottom drag fleet continues to destroy this high value resource:

Many of the low value species targeted by draggers are taking huge amounts of super valuable halibut.  Also note the chronic offenders. Tows refers to the actual number of observed tows.  American No.1 with a 20% bycatch rate for junk fish like arrowtooth is terrible, and the American No.1 has huge capacity.  Survival rate for these halibut is next to zero.


Keep yer head down and yer flippers wet.


Anonymous said...

Is the Pacific Star the same ship that struck that blue whale in California while doing (unpermitted) surveys for the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative (MLPAI)?

It's my understanding that the Pacific Star is owned by Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation.

Wiglaf said...

Not the same boat.