The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council Meets for the 236th Plenary Session October 2nd through October 11th in Anchorage. In a nutshell, some of the main issues thought to be important to the Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union relate to Observers and Abundance Based Management (ABM).
Regarding the Observer matter, it is our sense that Washington State, under the leadership of Councilmember Bill Tweidt, will move to fix address serious and lingering salmon and groundfish tendering issues. Last week, the OAC recommended, with consensus, to have Pollock and Salmon sampled whether landed shoreside or by a tendered. The OAC also recommend looking at a definition for catcher vessels delivering to tenders to be subject to logging into the observer program after each delivery or to analyze after a certain level of deliveries were made. We remain hopeful that the Council will follow the lead of the OAC.
On the ABM front, we continue to push for workable options to be developed at the October Council meeting. We remain concerned that the Council’s current range of 50% over the current Cap and 50% under actually puts 2/3 of the potential options at levels greater than what is occurring now and this is wholly unacceptable.
James J. Johnson
Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union of the Pacific