Greed, Money and Fear Took Over and Won
Anchorage – April 7, 2009
The Council reduced the recommended 68,392 hard cap down to 60,000, and also stipulated that if the by catch exceeds 47,591 in any 3 out of a rolling 7 year period, then the cap is automatically reduced to 47,591.
The overall opinion is that this was little more than a token gesture.
We had hopes of at least seeing something around 47,000 for a top but it looks like all the money spent, fear induced and overall impression that “what we do is more important” that was produced by a handful of processors and a CDQ seems to have won, at least the first round!
The need for people to have the right to earn an income, feed their families and maintain my culture , could not win out over, “If you do this I will loose most of my profit” statements.
We are regrouping and have not given up the fight but obviously the efforts will have to change and ramp up in a different way.
Thanks for all the support and we will pass on more details in the next day or so as I get home, have time to review what all this means to the actual fishermen.
Hello All from the NPMS meeting on Salmon By-Catch in Anchorage—
Nick Tucker’s comments- (I do NOT type fast enough:-)
That he is talking for his villages.
Is he talking to the air? His villagers deserve more than that. He hopes he is not.
He tended to the wounds of his village during this winter. (he referred to it as the human tragedy, the lack of food and fuel, a number of times)
If you have ears and a heart make the two fisheries together. We need your help!
They have survived together.
This statement deserves more and I hope you have questions.
He was asked why Nick is going back to 1991 for a by-catch amount versus what they, the committee studies have chosen?
He stated that in ’97 was the last time that they made their full catch. (From 1998 to 2000 they started getting fish that were returning not as healthy, caused by ocean conditions. Then from there a number of thing started to happen that have led to the disaster of this past year.- clarification supplied by a great lady from ADF&G sitting next to me:-)) They, the Yukon River Drainage, have been in a building and restoration mode for years.
He referenced the United Nation agreement? they made in the 1990’s to stop high sea fisheries to preserve fish stock and I believe a way of life ( we will look this up and get more info)
He referenced that no one cried that they could not make money during that time so we should be able to return to that time.
Next question asked by a board member-
Assuming that by-catch will happen – if it were caught and frozen would the villagers accept it?
He went on to say there is nothing that replaces the catching, skinning and all the other items it entails of the salmon that swim up the river. (interesting as I was wondering about the impact of not having those Chinook be able to spawn or at least a portion of them. Just a thought)
He STRETCHED it well:-) as he was only allowed 4 minutes but he made full time of it.
Nick and I spoke after his testimony and when I said that I was trying to get his words out he asked that I get the following out ‘ as loud and much as you can’–
We must work together and IF the Pollock industry does not start to do conservation measures now they are going to pay dearly for it in the future. He is referring to the reduced catch limits that pollock industry are currently working under.
If I am understanding his concern correctly he is worried that they are not taking care of their industry as well as they should be.
I felt this showed a great concern for those other villages, like Coastal Villages, that rely more on their CDQ monies than a salmon industry.
Also Nick JUST gave me a copy of the full testimony he HOPED to present but is stopped by time. I will read and give you the highlights a tad later. I need to listen while doing this – so please excuse the bullet point methods:-))
One villager from MT View Valley (?) spoke to the need for pollock money to the continued health of his family and village. When asked what is more important, he had to agree that salmon was.