"NMFS is poised to make appointments to the International Pacific Halibut Commission
Stephanie Madsen, director for the factory trawl fleet, is pushing hard for the Alaska seat.
Trawlers are responsible for over 90% of the halibut bycatch off Alaska and are now taking more halibut as bycatch in some areas than is left to the coastal residents who depend on the directed halibut fisheries. That is dead wrong.
Why would NMFS allow the trawl industry to run the Halibut Commission?
DON"T LET IT HAPPEN!!!
CALL TODAY and demand the Alaska commissioner be a halibut fishermen who cares about the halibut resource and the halibut industry.
I support Linda Behnken--she is the best qualified for the job--but whoever you support--weigh in NOW against trawlers running--and ruining-- your halibut fishery!"