Regulators May Set Hard Cap on Chinook Bycatch

Jacob Resneck, KMXT – Kodiak

Federal regulators are moving toward setting a hard cap that would limit Chinook salmon caught as bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska. If a fishery exceeds the cap it would trigger an automatic closure and the fleet would have to stop fishing. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council met over the weekend in Anchorage but final action will wait until June when the council reconvenes in Nome. The cap could come into effect as soon as next year.

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