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Outlaw halibut bycatch now

Posted: May 30, 2012 - 11:10pm

A consultant who works with us has sent in comments on our behalf. But he is a much more moderate gentleman than I.

We are in the tourism trade but before that (from 1920 to the mid 1960’s) our family owned and operated a number of salmon canneries in Alaska (NAKAT). NAKAT was one of Alaska’s largest fish processors and as a young man in 1950/51 I worked at its Waterfall Cannery.

Our source of fish then was traps. Marvelously efficient but unfortunately they permitted little escapement.

With stocks in near disastrous decline in the late 1950’s, the state of Alaska stepped in and outlawed the use of traps.

In our mind, though we didn’t like it at that time, that action saved that fishery.

But that was back then when Government and its agencies occasionally did the right thing.

The right thing now for halibut would be for NPFMC to outlaw bycatch. Does the Council have the moral turpitude to do what’s in the long term best interest of the fishery or the public (a little pain today to assure/insure a better future)?

One old man’s opinion.

Mike McIntosh

The Boat Company

The McIntosh Foundation

Washington, D.C.

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