As more processors stop canning and require chilled fish, RSW systems give boat captains more control over their catch. While icing fish still chills them faster, ice can be hard to get. Will boats without RSW get left behind?
Attendance was low at Saturday's meeting of Bristol Bay drifter's association in Dillingham Saturday. Members heard an update on the sockeye market, the new marketing campaign, and how the RSDA is helping fund management again this year.
Assembly voted 3-1 Monday night in favor of offering a $1500 rebate to skippers installing refrigerated seawater systems on their vessels. Proponents say the chilled catch will bring higher overall value.