“The Kodiak area king crab quota for the Southern District of Area K of 10,000,000 pounds should be harvested by Friday, September 8, 1972. As of September 1 7.6 million pounds have been harvested from the Southern district. The majority of the fleet is on the crab grounds now and we expect to have over 9,000,000 pounds harvested by September 4, thus necessitating a Friday closure to stay within the quota established by the Board of Fish and Game.”
The king and Tanner crab are essentially gone from the Gulf of Alaska, thank draggers.
The Chinook salmon are endangered, with the Western Gulf Chinook dragger cap exceeded by 50%.
As the halibut abundance collapses, the draggers continue to kill off the halibut, mostly unobserved, at the rate no doubt far exceeding 4,400,000 pounds annually in the Gulf of Alaska.
Draggers get more room to remain unobserved with the New Restructured Unobserver Program.
Put one more nail in the coffin of the Gulf of Alaska with the news that halibut quota is recommended to be slashed to:
- -03% in 2C
- -22% in 3A
- -46% in 3B
- -46% in 4A
- -67% in 4B
- -66% in 4CDE
Finally, NMFS regional administrator Jim Balsiger says something to the effect that we "need to think outside the box" with regard to trawl bycatch and that he questions why only fixed gear groups get to harvest halibut. WTF. Reward the thieves?
So the draggers who continue to decimate the Gulf of Alaska get to have it all?
Preposterous. And our politicians and bureaucrats and fisheries managers just wring their hands. It is time for the public to weigh in on this and stop the destruction of the Gulf of Alaska by the drag fleet.
How can roughly 45 owners and their hand full of processor allies be allowed to kill off the Gulf of Alaska for us all?
The actual numbers recommended for cuts to halibut quota will be announced at the IPHC meeting in January. These are the Conference Board recommendations. Read more.
Keep yer head down and yer flippers wet.