Volume 35, Issue 1
COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
|Disaster for Billion-Dollar Alaskan Fishery|
Unsustainable Catch Limits for Pollock Fishery Threaten Alaskan Ecosystems
to an announcement from the North Pacific Fishery Management Service on
the 2010 catch limit of 813,000 million metric tons for the pollock
fishery today, George Pletnikoff, Greenpeace senior oceans campaigner
in Anchorage, offered the following statement:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska--"If the pollock fishery is a model of anything, it's
a model of unsustainability. Instead of responding to government
reports that the pollock population has sunk to an all-time low this
year, the Council is charting a course to destruction for the very
ecosystems that have sustained whales, seals and entire communities for
"Of the stocks that are managed,
two are already closed to fishing and the Gulf of Alaska stock is at
record low levels. The eastern Bering sea stock is the only one still
capable of supporting a major commercial fishery and action is urgently
needed to avoid its collapse. Unless this system of fisheries oversight
is reformed, the industrial trawlers are going to fish until they have
taken the very last fish from the sea."
Background: The Alaska pollock is the white fish used in markets
worldwide, from everyday fish fingers to fish-fillet sandwiches, and
from processed seafood sold as crabmeat to caviar-like delicacies, it
is a billion-dollar industry.
today's North Pacific Fishery Management Service meeting, between
400-800 million metric tons of pollock are missing or unaccounted for.
Greenpeace is calling for three crucial actions for Bering Sea pollock
management, as follows: (1) substantial reductions in the Total
Allowable Catch; (2) suspension of the roe fishery; and (3)
establishment of marine reserves. These measures will help reverse the
decline of Bering Sea pollock stocks, reduce bycatch, and reduce
impacts on marine mammals.
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