Salmon bycatch grips pollock fishery
In mid-April, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to limit the king salmon bycatch in the Alaska pollock fishery by 2011.
The cap has two limits: 60,000 fish - which is not a target number, but an emergency backstop for years when bycatch is out of control - and 47,000 fish. If any three out of seven years reach the "safety net" of 60,000 fish, 47,000 fish will become the hard line limit.
Alaska's Bering Sea pollock fleet caught a record 120,000-plus salmon in 2007. However,…