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Why not process halibut by-catch?

Posted: September 21, 2011 - 10:38am

Just wandering through my fantasy world again: if I were working on one of those bottom fishing ships out there in wild ocean and being a processing ship of fish, you can bet my bottom dollar I would be eating halibut instead of rock fish. But there is a catch, the powers that be say. That this processing ship for fish has to throw away all of that wonderful fish called halibut, maybe some of them need more schoolin’. We force our business people to quit fishing, sell their boats, “Livelihood” and join the poverty line which our government is the greatest promoter of.  Why not process this halibut on this processing ship and add it to  the world’s food supply instead of “garbaging” it? Makes sense to me, but some days I may be some kind of a simpleton.

You could call it Salvaging Road Kill. I am very proud of the way Alaska salvages the moose that are killed on the highway. I  learned about salvaging road kill way back in the 1930s, as living on a paved road and living on a farm, chickens are not known to be the brightest in the animal or fowl world. They would go out on that road and get killed by cars going by. My mother was one who salvaged food and as soon as we knew a chicken had been killed, we would gather it up and dress it out, there may be a few broken bones in it, but that is the way we treated one we killed for Sunday dinner. 

Oh well, today’s people know nothing about hard times, but they will learn. Thank you. God Bless America, Vote-Vote-Vote.

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BigRedDog 09/22/11 - 07:39 am
Bye Catch Not Kept

It's a great idea but the boats are set up to handle and process only the targeted fish. Maybe a couple of different fish could be handled bye some larger boats, but this would require you to keep them on board. Leaving less room for your target fish, and maybe requiring different processing. As is these bye-catch fish are just returned to the sea immediately when caught dead or alive! Quantities you hear about are only estimated! These numbers could be far greater, but I'm SURE everybody is doing all they can to get a accurate count. However with everybody looking for something for nothing nowadays, maybe there is a chance we can offer something for nothing to the commercial boys. You guessed it, require all dead halibut bye catch to be kept and processed, period! When delivered to the processor this fish would be sold, and the money placed in different accounts as per permit area. Then that quantity would be dispersed to the permit holders in cash and the allotment deducted from each IFQ by that percent! Don't like it tough crap dude because I for one am tired of seeing our resource trashed bye some permitting deboggle. Now it's more fun for the F&G to fine the boats for keeping a halibut on board when you are only licensed for cod. And we all know what can happen if you sell sable fish beyond your permitted IFQ, ha ha. I fail to see the rational behind the current WASTING of our bye catch resource. It is near criminal wanton waste of a valued and limited resource! Species caught when targeting other fish are not waste. It is difficult to think about throwing say 5,000 lbs of halibut overboard when purse seining for something else, but you would be fined for not tossing them back. But millions of pounds is beyond wasteful, it's killing our fishery and profit is being made bye the wasting of this valued resource. Don't try to sell me any vague argument to justify wasting a jointly owned resource! Let alone something as trivial as having to process bye catch being to difficult or expensive. That is like permitting a mine for only copper and requiring they throw back any gold they find!

lagopusmutus 09/26/11 - 06:15 am
Wasting Halibut

Correct the halibut are wasted---- becuase of sloppy, catch-anything fishing techniques. Boats should be "fined" for lbs. of bycatch --illegal catch. Don't reward boats for catching halibut that should go legally to others. Halibut fisherman (sport and commercial) need to unit and complain about their fish being "wasted". Halibut will continue to be wasted until bycatch-ing becomes econmically unfavorable.

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