Kodiak Daily Mirror - Fisheries work group to discuss bycatch lake fertilization
Fisheries work group to discuss bycatch, lake fertilization
by Julie Herrmann
Jun 19, 2014 | 116 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The upcoming Kodiak Fisheries Work Group will update members on the Karluk Lake fertilization project and analysis and discussion of gulf trawl bycatch management motions.

The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 25, in the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly chambers.

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council adopted the three motions for bycatch management in their most recent meeting on April 14.

The first requests a review of an expanded program structure for bycatch management and evaluation of its effects.

The second motion requests assessment of a proposed Community Fisheries Association and how how it would address bycatch concerns.

The final motion requests examination of management quotas that are part of the west coast trawl groundfish quota.

“It’s kind of the meat of the matter, because we’ve only talked briefly about the motions,” said Heather McCarty, fisheries analyst for the borough and city. “We’ll go through the motions piece-by-piece and talk about them so they understand what’s actually proposed, and we’ll be discussing the implications of the motions.”

The group has discussed doing an economic study on contributions from fisheries to the community and what the borough has done for infrastructure.

“It’s an overall look at who’s done what and what is contributing to the economy of the community,” McCarty said.

Tina Fairbanks, the executive director of the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association, will give an update on the Karluk Lake fertilization project.

“We’d hoped the environmental assessment would move along more rapidly,” Fairbanks said. “There’ve been delays and they’re curious on what the status is.”

KRAA wants to add nutrients to Karluk Lake to give the salmon run a boost. The environmental assessment is still ongoing.

McCarty will give an update on the state and Board of Fish parallel process, which is trying to ensure regulations regarding bycatch are the same in both federal and state waters.

In addition, U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller will speak with the group by teleconference.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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