The Board of Fish has established a working group to create a state waters pollock fishery which does not sound like a good idea to me on the surface. However, I do not know much about this proposal and working group other than a new fishery closer to shore has to have unknown consequences on other stocks. If one is trying to reduce bycatch of chinook in the federal pollock fishery why would one add a statewater commercial fishery. Looks to me like some seine boat owners (can convert their boats to this fishery) want to make some more money but at what cost?
Any thoughts on this? What are the risks to near shore populations of other species including rearing salmon, rockfish, halibut, etc.