TCC and AVCP File Petition With the Secretary of Commerce and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to Protect Western Alaska Chinook Salmon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16th, 2014

Contact: Myron Naneng Sr. (907) 543-7300 or Victor Joseph (907) 452-8251

Fairbanks and Bethel, AK: Today, the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) and Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) filed a petition for emergency rulemaking with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce (the Secretary) and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (the Council) to protect the rapidly declining Western Alaska Chinook salmon stocks. The petition calls upon the Secretary and the Council to adopt an emergency regulation for the remainder of the 2014 season to reduce the 2014 overall Chinook salmon bycatch hard cap in the Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands pollock fishery from 60,000 to 20,000, and the performance standard from 47,591 to 15,000.

“The Chinook salmon stocks are crashing and we need to take every measure possible to ensure this devastating trend is reversed,” said TCC President Victor Joseph. “Chinook salmon are the cornerstone for nutritional, cultural and economic survival in the 93 villages TCC and AVCP collectively represent in the Yukon and Kuskokwim drainages. We are counting on the Secretary and the Council to partner with us to protect these salmon and the villages that depend on them.”

AVCP President Myron Naneng, Sr., stated, “This spring, a majority of the villages on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers demonstrated tremendous leadership by voluntarily adopting resolutions agreeing to a Chinook fishing moratorium to conserve Chinook salmon and to enable the U.S. to uphold its treaty obligations to Canada. Justice demands that the pollock industry also take measures to help rebuild the Chinook stocks.”

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About the Association of Village Council Presidents: AVCP is a non-profit tribal consortium which serves 56 tribes on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in an area that is approximately 59,000 square miles. AVCP provides a variety of Social Services,Human Development and culturally relevant programs that promotes tribal self-determination and self-governance. Established in 1964, AVCP is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

About Tanana Chiefs Conference: TCC is a non-profit organization that works toward meeting the health and social service challenges for more