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

NMFS Makes a Dramatic Improvement in its Science Assessment with New Steller Sea Lion Bi-Op

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [News Analysis], April 7, 2014
By John Sackton

The 2014 steller sea lion biological opinion released last week represents a stunning and very welcome turnaround for NOAA…. Continue Reading

NMFS Sea Lion Restrictions Still Under Fire from Alaskan Fishermen Despite Court Ruling

Seafood.com News [Cordova Times], February 3, 2012
By Margaret Bauman

A federal judge has ruled that commercial fishing restrictions aimed at protecting endangered Steller sea lions were properly imposed, because the sea lions are not getting enough food…. Continue Reading

Best Use Cooperative Announcement of its Marine Stewardship Council Certification

For Immediate Release, June 1, 2010

Marine Stewardship Council certifies Alaska’s flatfish trawl fisheries

Contact Jason Anderson at (206) 462-7690 or jasonanderson@seanet.com

Fisheries for all the major flatfish species harvested off Alaska were today certified as sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) environmental standard for sustainable and well managed fisheries. … Continue Reading