OPINION: Trawling Costs Outweigh the Benefits, and Alaskans are Paying the Price
Late senator Ted Stevens was so disgusted by the wasteful bycatch of the trawl fleet in Alaska that he inserted a confidentiality exemption in his federal fisheries act that allows the National Marine Fisheries Service to publish the bycatch rates of halibut, salmon, and crab of individual trawling vessels. The thinking was that peer pressure and public shaming could instigate trawlers to be more mindful of avoiding bycatch. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be working and some trawlers are even asking for more.
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