First the Dirty Dozen:
|Note: Even with a change of operators, the Peggy Jo continues her history as a particularly dirty dragger.|
Now for the low value-high volume dirty chronic, the Vaerdal:
|Consider the number of tows and the volume taken, these apparently low percentages represent huge numbers of halibut as bycatch.|
The real story here is the shockingly low percentage of observed tows draggers are subject to in the course of their pursuing their target species. Probably not all of them are doing so badly, but those dirtiest are being screened by the purposeful ill-design of the observer program by NMFS. Until that changes, consider the Gulf of Alaska fish stocks to be under threat.
Keep yer flippers wet.