Hot-button issue of king salmon bycatch will come before fisheries council

In the final day of its December meeting, the council also decided to give the commercial fishing industry more time to work on plans to reduce the incidental catch of chum salmon among the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fleet. The council asked for a status report on that effort at its April meeting, and may take further action during its October 2013 meeting in Anchorage. An updated analysis will be released for public comment about three weeks before the council takes up either matter.

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