by Mary Pemberton
The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A federal agency said Tuesday that a program could be in place by next year limiting the number of king salmon accidentally caught in the huge Bering Sea pollock trawl fishery.
Under the NOAA Fisheries program, if the limit of salmon bycatch is reached, the pollock fishery -- the largest by volume in the United States -- will have to shut down.
The program also provides incentives to encourage Pollock fishermen to avoid king salmon. And it increases observers aboard pollock vessels to make sure every salmon that is accidentally caught is counted.