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Kodiak trawlers

Kodiak trawlers

 April 9, 2014


 This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Plans for trawl by catch reduction hit the deck this week.

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Fish managers are sitting down this week to form the plan to reduce trawl by-catch in the Gulf.  The loaded topic has gotten more than just a few responses from Kodiak fishermen since talk of some sort of catch share plan surfaced over a decade ago.

“Well we went down the wrong road to begin with. We should have protected the resource and let the economics of the situation prevail.”

“Simple limited entry. If they would have just stuck with their guns on license limitations, LLP’s, and then limited entry. It would have taken a lot of players out of the game, but you would still have a chance to progress and work your way up. It’s one thing to buy a boat it’s entirely something else to buy a boat and the shares.”

“Well I liked what they did with tanners. Limited entry, owner on board, and limits on how much you can catch in a day, or how much gear you got, and how long you can fish.”

“I would just keep it wide open, and make sure that the people that had permits were actively using them. Beyond that I don’t really know.”  

“I don’t think I have a better solution. I think that catch shares are working.”

How do you think they are working?

“I think that it promotes safety.”

“There are up’s and down’s to everything. It helps out the plants and helps out the processors.”

So who gets left out? Why should the owner be the only one to get a piece of the pie?

“It should be the owner because it’s his rigging, his gear, his permit, and he’s actually responsible for everyone on board.”

A deck hand puts just as much time and man power into the boat as the owner and skipper. Should the boots on deck get something as well?

“I think if it does go toward rationalization they should think of the crew members and not axe them out of the deal like they did on halibut and black cod. Cause that’s every bodies lively hood.”

“What does the skipper pay him, a percentage of the catch. So I think he should be granted that percentage too.”
“ It’s ridiculous that somebody owns what out there swimming around in the ocean. Put this question into your mind. What gives them the right over you It’s a natural resource. Why should anyone own it?”

“Where we are now I honestly, don’t know the solution. And there are a lot of unintended consequences to what we have done, and economically it is hurting our coastal communities. How to get back to where we were? I have no idea.”

The North Pacific Council meeting will begin on Wednesday April 9th thru the 14th at the Hilton in Anchorage.  Want to tune in live to the meetings? Find links at our website . You can also learn more at ComFish this month – April 17th thru the 19th in Kodiak. Find out more at

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