Pollock vs. salmon bycatch issue stirs waters at meeting
FISHERIES: More than 200 people plan to testify before council.
By KYLE HOPKINS
Published: April 3rd, 2009 11:54 PM
Last Modified: April 3rd, 2009 11:54 PM
A whale of a fish fight hit Anchorage this weekend and it's all about big numbers:
Billions of pounds of pollock are caught each year in the Bering Sea as part of one of the world's largest fisheries. But in cash-poor Western Alaska villages, where fuel prices approached $10 a gallon this winter, local fishermen said the pollock fleet is accidently catching and killing far too many of the salmon that the region counts on for food and money.Now, more than 200 people have signed up to testify over the next several days at the Hilton Anchorage hotel, where the clash has come to a head at a meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Friday, each side began making its