In a discussion moderated by Kodiak Chamber of Commerce executive director Trevor Brown, fisherman Dave Kubiak asked the group to request a study about CFAs from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
“They have a very clever staff who can do a marvelous job of this,” Kubiak said.
Kubiak said such a study should look at how a CFA could mitigate industry trends hurting small-boat owners and crews.
Fisherman Alexus Kwachka agreed and said CFAs might prove useful.
“This community has to have a meaningful stake at the table,” he said.
Darren Platt told the group about his dissatisfaction with fishery management that makes buy-in difficult for new skippers.
“Community protections are about access routes,” he said. “My generation of fishermen are not getting into rationalized fisheries.”
Reflecting a familiar divide in the gear types, Curt Waters, vice president of the Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association, said pursuing CFAs would hurt trawlers.
“The trawl industry is fighting for its life right now,” he said.
Lee Woodard, owner of two trawlers, also questioned the need to explore CFAs, touting the historic stability of the industry and its benefit to the local economy.
“Is this something you really need to look at? I Don’t see, fundamentally, a problem here,” he said.