the North Pacific Fishery Management Council kicks off its meetings in Anchorage today,
Greenpeace is trying to build awareness over what it sees as danger to the
state's most lucrative fishery. Anne Hillman has more:
Greenpeace USA launched a television ad in Anchorage
and Seattle this week to draw attention to what
it sees as overfishing of pollock in Alaska
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not right.")* (kmxt folder)
Pletnikoff, originally from the Pribilof Islands,
is the Alaska Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace. He says communities in Alaska need to support a
more precautionary approach to fishery management in order to protect their
jobs and their communities. The new television ads depict an unemployed
fisherman in yellow rain slickers and nor'easter hat panhandling on the street
corner because pollock were overfished.
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argues that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council should cut the harvest
for next year even further than National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
scientists propose. Using data from fisheries observers and two other surveys,
fisheries biologist Jim Ianelli suggested cutting the Bering
Sea pollock quota from 1-million tons to 815,000 tons for 2009.
It's the lowest Acceptable Biological Catch in over three decades and a 45
percent decline from the peak of 1.49 million tons in 2004.
says NOAA's own numbers show a decrease in biomass and the need for the cut:
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says the decrease is just part of a natural fluctuation cycle. The drop in
quota looks extreme because pollock stocks were unusually high in 2003 and
Pollock - 1 "...allowable quota." 15 s
says when looking at the survey data, the actual population of pollock is
Pollock - 2 "...and the year after that." 26 s
says fleet is able to avoid some of the younger fish and not endanger the
growth of the population. That means they don't need a further cut in quota.
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council will set the official 2009
pollock quota at their meeting in Anchorage
I'm Anne Hillman, with reporting from Jay Barrett in Kodiak.