In the proposal book there is a proposal or series of proposals (43,44,45) that create a new groundfish and polluck fishery in Cook Inlet, Chignik, and Kodiak state waters. The Board considered it at the Lower Cook Inlet meeting and will take it up at the Kodiak meeting.
Proposal 43 states : Create state waters groundfish management plans for trawl vessels less than 58 feet in Cook Inlet, Kodiak, and Chignik management areas>
I guess I am out of sync here but the State and others have argued that the by-catch in trawl fisheries are potentially harmful to other fisheries and have been working to reduce these issues. Then along comes this proposal and wham they are off and running creating a new problem. At the Lower Cook Inlet Board meeting the Board said they were going to make an implementation task force to work on this proposal. That sent a signal to fisherman to get ready for this new fishery which will be passed at the Kodiak meeting from the rumors on the street.
Why in the world would the Board create this fishery given all the issues of a trawl fishery and why in State waters where juvenile salmon and other species are concentrated. I was told ADF&G did not object to this fishery.
Someone help me out here.