Western Alaska tribal and fishing organizations are becoming increasingly fed up with dwindling chum salmon populations, and are asking the US pollock industry to put a hard cap on the chum salmon they haul in as bycatch.

"Hopefully we will come to an agreement or recommendation to make sure the trawler fishery and the CDQ (community development quota) folks bear some of the responsibilities for the issues we are dealing with in the Kuskokwim, Yukon and Norton Sound areas," said Mike Williams, Chair of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, speaking as a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Salmon Bycatch Committee on Monday.