Processors denied in challenge to Gulf rockfish program – Alaska Dispatch

The rockfish program implemented in 2012 allocated shares of the total harvest  to vessel owners, but did not guarantee processors a share of the harvest, as  the prior pilot program had done. The rockfish program also allocates set  amounts of high-value secondary targets such as sablefish and Pacific cod to  catcher vessels. Four Kodiak processors — Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty, Westward Seafoods, and  North Pacific Seafoods — filed suit in January, asking for a guaranteed delivery  of a portion of the harvest each year.