City, Borough, Decry 'Fish Stealing'
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Last night the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and City Council gathered for a joint work session to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to both governing bodies. One item on the agenda was a fisheries update from Kodiak fishery advisor and a former member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Denby Lloyd. He spoke about a number of fishery items, including a recent incident involving what has been called alleged “fish stealing.”
-- (Fisheries Update 1 :31 “Trident in particular … in Sand Point and Akutan.”)
He said some estimates put that as a 14 million pound loss to Kodiak’s plants.
-- (Fisheries Update 2 :16 “Equaling about a $3.25 million … not insignificant.”)
He said it was a legal activity, but was also an interesting use, or potential abuse, of the American Fisheries Act.
-- (Fisheries Update 3 :46 “Basically in the Bering … Pollock in the Bering Sea.”)
The issue prompted Kodiak’s mayoral delegation to sign a letter to the
North Pacific Council, asking it to analyze the issue and produce a
discussion paper that could be considered during the council’s meeting
in June. The hope was that it would also lay the ground work for
potential regulatory changes restricting that kind of tendering activity
from happening in the future.
Lloyd said there was no testimony
on the issue when it came before the North Pacific Council’s staff
tasking agenda. For an issue dealing with millions of dollars bypassing
Kodiak, Lloyd said he found the level of attention to the matter
disappointing. He said the council was surprisingly unresponsive to the
request to produce discussion papers about the issue, which could be the
consequence of little testimony, or the fact that the tendering was
-- (Fisheries Update 4 :31 “And what they did decide to … management plans.”)
Lloyd said the North Pacific Council will meet in June, but whether
the tendering topic will make the agenda is unknown, especially since
the council will take a look at another important issue.
-- (Fisheries Update 5 :28 “June meeting for the North … that that happens.”)
Lloyd said it remains to be seen whether the council will actually the
matter, especially in the expedited fashion needed to preclude it from
happening in future years