West Coast EFP Successfully Targets Pelagic Rockfish with Minimal Bycatch
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers - April 19, 2017
More than 750,000 pounds of West Coast rockfish have been landed in roughly a month under an exempted fishing permit, creating a small boon for fishermen and markets.
The 2017 annual catch limits (ACLs) for many rockfish species such as canary and widow rockfish, formerly listed as overfished, increased more than five times what they were in 2016 -- but the trawl fleet had no real way to access them under the catch shares program, which holds fishermen 100 percent accountable but did not remove archaic management regulations...
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