This Week in Bycatch - 07/23

Jul 24, 2019
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Longliners targeting Pacific Cod posted the highest poundage of halibut bycatch for the week of July 13, according to public data released by the National Marine Fisheries Service, with 48,702 pounds.  Onboard observers recorded 3,946 pounds of that halibut was dead. Non-pelagic, or bottom, trawlers recorded a total halibut mortality of 46,319 pounds.

Courtesy of NOAA

Another dead gray whale has washed up on Alaska’s shoreline, the fourth instance in recent weeks. The young whale was found on the Kenai Peninsula near Clam Gulch.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it was first notified about the animal last week.

NOAA walks back talk of renegotiating halibut treaty

Mar 21, 2018
Image courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration removed a reference to renegotiating the “Halibut Treaty” between the U.S. and Canada from a press release Wednesday. NOAA issued the release Monday to announce the final regulatory rule for the 2018 halibut season, but later removed the reference.