Trawlers Harvest Yellowfin Sole in Bristol Bay

Seafoodnews.com [Bristol Bay Times], July 26, 2016
By Molly Dischner

Salmon and halibut may get most of the fishing attention in Bristol Bay, but that’s not the only species caught commercially here.

In a lesser-discussed endeavor, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and other fishing companies harvest yellowfin sole each year in the Bering Sea — including in part of Bristol Bay.

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Halibut Bycatch Cap Reduction Should Reflect What We Know About the Resource

Alaska Dispatch News [Commentary], May 28, 2015
By John Gauvin

As a fishery scientist who has worked for more than 20 years with trawl fishermen to reduce salmon, crab and halibut bycatch, I find the recent rhetoric around proposed North Pacific Fisheries Management Council changes to the Bering Sea halibut bycatch cap very frustrating. In particular, I hear media campaigns underwritten by environmental NGOs claiming, “It’s been 20 years since the halibut bycatch cap was last reduced,” implying that this has created a conservation issue…. Continue Reading

In Their Own Words: How Both Sides Frame Halibut Bycatch

Halibut Bycatch in Groundfish Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM, May 5, 2015
By Peggy Parker and John Sackton

Note: Peggy and John come at the halibut bycatch issue from different perspectives and backgrounds. Peggy, in addition to being Science and Sustainability Editor for SeafoodNews, is Executive Director of the Halibut Association of North America, and has been an advisor to the IPHC for many years. John’s background is with trawl fisheries in Alaska, as his first ten years in Alaska involved putting fish processing equipment on board catcher processors. His inclination as Publisher of Seafood News has been to strongly value trawl fisheries. We come at this issue from different backgrounds, as do the industry advocates in Alaska as well. We decided to just be up front about our reporting, and state our perspectives directly as that impacts or influences an article. Continue Reading

Amendment 80 Captain Gives His Take on Halibut Bycatch Issues in 2 Part Op-ed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], March 31, 2015
By Bill Hayes (part 1) 

Bill Hayes is captain on the Vaerdal, a 124-foot catcher processor owned by United States Seafoods, one of the larger companies in the Amendment 80 Coop.  As the Council begins working on draft documents about halibut by catch, a number of Amendment 80 Captains have been publicly testifying about their need for halibut and their view of the history of their halibut bycatch allocations.  The Opinion piece below, which we will run in two parts, is based on Bill Hayes’ testimony before the council in January. 

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How Alaska’s Amendment 80 Fleet Has Managed Halibut Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], February 16, 2015
By Capt. TJ Durnan

Folllowing is a letter to the editor by Capt. TJ Durnan, skipper of the the F/V Constellation a member vessel of the Amendment 80 fleet. Capt. Durnan writes about the measures the fleet has taken to reduce its halibut bycatch levels. Capt. Durnan’s letter is in response to some scrutiny the Amendment 80 fleet has faced with the halibut bycatch issue currently before the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. – MRContinue Reading

Alaska’s Flatfish Trawl Fleet is an Important Economic Contributor to Reducing Halibut Bycatch

Pacific Fishing [Commentary], January 2015
By Chris Woodley

Click here to read what Chris Woodley, Executive Director of Groundfish Forum says about halibut bycatch and discard mortality.

Halibut Fleet Can Use Mortality Reduction Tools in Cooperation with Other Sectors to Reduce Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], May 30, 2014
By John Gauvin

John Gauvin is the science director for the Alaska Seafood Cooperative, and one of the most experienced developers of gear modifications to reduce bycatch in the industry.

I read Mr. Laukitis’ opinion piece on halibut bycatch (Halibut fishermen say Bering Sea bycatch levels are unacceptable, hope to rein in groundfish fleet Seafood News May 22) with great interest.  In some respects I’d like to thank Mr. Laukitis for assisting our outreach efforts for our halibut bycatch reduction work.   … Continue Reading

Meet the Fisheries: Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska Flatfish

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N. Pacific Council to Give More Flexibility to Amendment 80 Flatfish Fleet

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  [Alaska Journal of Commerce], March 5, 2013
By Molly Dischner

At the N. Pacific Council meetings that concluded last week, one item considered was providing more flexibility in the Bering Sea flatfish harvest…. Continue Reading