Dorene Lorenz of Fox 4 News KTBY in Anchorage interviewed our Fishermen's Finest of Alaska President, Mike Szymanski at the 222nd Plenary North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NMPFC) meeting earlier this month. See the full interview here:
Mike Szymanski / Dorene Lorenz - Part 1
Mike Szymansk / Dorene Lorenz - Part 2
Of utmost importance, and the primary reason for this interview, other than touching base with former Alaska Senator Syzmanski was to discuss the impending Halibut Bycatch issue that is facing our Company at the 223rd Plenary Sesssion of the NPFMC in June/Sitka ~ Read More Here.
Thank you to YourAlaskaLink.Com for bringing this footage to us and to Dorene Lorenz - Fishermen's Finest ~ a team of excellence ~ our name says it all.
How many people does 1 lb. of halibut feed?
Directed Halibut Fishery - longline - feeds 2 people
Amerndment 80 - trawl - feeds 320 people
Fishermen's Finest - trawl - feeds 400 people
Read more at our Ship's bLog: Halibut History
Fishermen's Finest ~ a team of excellence ~ our name says it all.
Fishermen's Finest is proud to be part of the SeaShare family; here's an update from Jim Harmon to the Amendment 80 fleet
The Prohibited Species Donation Program
SeaShare has always been driven by fishermen and processors. We started with an Experimental Fishing Permit in 1994, to retain valuable fish that were being thrown overboard. 21 years after our start Alaska, SeaShare remains the only organization authorized by NMFS to retain those fish and use them for hunger-relief… 3.6 million pounds so far from the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska.
Following is an excerpt from the April Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA) Newsletter
Pacific Halibut Research
One of the biggest scientific gaps in halibut science is the lack of a clear understanding of what is happening with the small, young age classes of halibut. The current assessment focuses on fish that are within the “exploitable” size category (sizes caught by halibut longline gear) and makes some estimates about smaller size classes based on what has recruited to the directed halibut fishery over the past couple of years. The chief halibut assessment scientist has described this as “driving forward by looking in the rearview mirror”. A better handle on what is happening with small, juvenile halibut allows us to make better forecasts about the future status of the stock, and enables managers to make more informed policy decisions about directed halibut fisheries and fisheries that take halibut as bycatch. In other words, a better handle on small halibut populations is in everyone’s interest.
NMFS crew deck sorting juvenile Pacific halibut during an Aleutian Island trawl survey. Image courtesy IPHC.