OPINION: The Heart of It: Connecting Halibut Bycatch to Abundance
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is poised to take a long-awaited step in the coming days, as members consider whether halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea should be limited when halibut abundance declines.
This process has been mired in years of analysis, thousands of pages of reports, and models trying to predict the future. But, in the end, the decision is about common-sense principles of equity, environmental justice, and indigenous rights. It asks whether powerful trawling interests should be allowed to take large numbers of halibut regardless ...
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