Reallocating Alaskan Halibut Restrictions Could Ruin Seattle’s Trawl Fleet

The Seattle-based trawl fleet faces new economic threats in the debate over Bering Sea halibut fishing rules

Seattle Times [Opinion], June 2, 2015
By Chris Woodley

IN Sunday’s guest column, the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association referred to trawl fishing as a grave threat and an “environmentally disastrous policy” that has devastated their halibut fishery and “plundered the Bering Sea.”… 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

Amendment 80 Fleet Takes Further Measures to Reduce Halibut Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], January 28, 2015
By Chris Woodley

Chris Woodley is the executive director of Groundfish Forum, which represents most of the Amendment 80 fleet

With recent evidence showing a possible decrease in the Bering Sea halibut fishery allocation this year, there has been a growing concern about halibut bycatch and discard mortality and what to do about it. Both groundfish and halibut fishermen will be affected by the outcomes…. Continue Reading