October 2017 Council Update

Agenda Item C1: Charter Annual Registration Initial Review Why is the Council taking action? Without updated information, NMFS and the Council can’t understand or track changes and trends in ownership, participation, and latency. These trends help them evaluate...

5 Meetings You Might Have Missed

1. Alaska Hearing on the MSA Reauthorization Last week, Sen. Sullivan (R-Alaska) hosted a meeting in Soldotna to discuss the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) reauthorization with prominent Alaskans. The MSA initially passed in 1976 to enhance the sustainability of U.S....

2017 Joint Meeting: NPFMC & IPHC

During the June Council meeting, the IPHC met jointly with the Council on halibut issues, like abundance based management for halibut bycatch and observer coverage. As much as these managers enjoy opportunities to work together, this meeting held some underlying...

Halibut Bycatch or Groundfish Management?

There’s no question that halibut caught by sportfishermen and the direct commercial fleet are worth more than halibut tossed over the side of a trawl vessel.  What is in question is when this issue is relevant.  For those of us who rely on a healthy halibut stock for...