Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Halibut Mortality 169%

Let's celebrate groundfish trawlers destroying another resource.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council divided the flatfish assemblage into four categories for management in 1990; "shallow flatfish" and "deep flatfish,” flathead sole (Hippoglossoides elassodon) and arrowtooth flounder (Atheresthes stomias). This classification was made because of the significant difference in halibut bycatch rates in directed fisheries targeting on shallow-water and deep-water flatfish species.

The major species, which account for the majority of the current biomass for shallow-water flatfish are: northern rock sole (Lepidopsetta polyxystra), southern rock sole (Pleuronectes bilineata), butter sole (Pleuronectes isolepis), yellowfin sole (Pleuronectes asper), and starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus).  http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/refm/stocks/plan_team/GOAshallowflat.pdf

Keep yer flippers wet (with tears).

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