Here’s the ad Greenpeace is running in Anchorage and Seattle urging a halt to the “overfishing” of Bering Sea pollock, used for fish sticks and other products.
The campaign adds a little hot sauce to next week’s North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Anchorage, where members will vote on whether to heed government scientists and set next year’s catch limit no higher than 815,000 metric tons.
That would be an 18.5 percent cut from this year’s level and a 45 percent decline since 2004.
The scientists say pollock is not overfished, but the stock is going through a downturn they fully anticipated.
Greenpeace argues the harvest cuts are not enough to prevent a potential collapse of “the world’s largest food fishery,” an event the ad says could leave unemployed commercial fishermen on the streets as panhandlers.