Alaska: What is the State Doing to Address Bycatch?
There has been much discussion and debate about bycatch in marine fisheries off Alaska's coasts recently, including several recent opinion pieces. All are chastising a perceived inaction to address bycatch, especially in the face of recent declines in salmon and crab in western Alaska.
Bycatch, by definition, is fish which are harvested but are not sold or kept. Simply put, bycatch is unintentionally caught fish that are unwanted, can't be sold, or can't be kept — like halibut, crab or salmon caught while targeting cod or pollock...
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