Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska's Bush Caucus is requesting the ADF&G Commissioner advocate for the reduction of halibut bycatch caps.
Five members of the Alaska Legislature's Bush Caucus have sent a letter to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Vincent-Lang requesting his advocacy for the reduction of halibut bycatch caps at next month's North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Halibut fishermen lose a portion of their annual allocation of halibut every year due to the currently high bycatch caps.
"Millions of pounds of halibut are discarded as bycatch every year. The health of our halibut stocks means we must reduce bycatch. Alaska's representation on the North Pacific Council should advocate for this goal," said Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka).
When NPFMC meets this week, Alaska's representatives from ADF&G will have the opportunity to push for abundance-based management of halibut bycatch.
The Alaska Legislature's Bush Caucus, a group representing rural and coastal Alaska, is strongly encouraging ADF&G representatives to advocate for the reduction of halibut bycatch caps.