Brother Walter McQuillen reporting from Community Outreach Meeting in Kodiak

 Highly ironic photo of DSFU member John Adams that was used by NMFS during the June 5th community meeting last night to hear from fishermen in the community about their thoughts regarding IFQ (Photo: Walter McQuillen).

Highly ironic photo of DSFU member John Adams that was used by NMFS during the June 5th community meeting last night to hear from fishermen in the community about their thoughts regarding IFQ (Photo: Walter McQuillen).

 

From Walter McQuillen
DSFU Trustee

I was lucky enough to be in Kodiak delivering a black cod trip when the NPFMC was meeting.  I had time to make the IFQ committee outreach meet. The meeting was held so smaller rural communities in Alaska could view their opinions on the problems of halibut IFQ. What I walked away from the meeting was young salmon fishermen are trying to supplement there salmon income with halibut fishing. But with the price of quota it didn't seem to be worth it to them financially.  

All and all it was a very respectful meeting with people trying not to point fingers, and just expressing their thoughts that without outside financial help getting into the fishery wasn't an option right now.