Alaska Pollock, Aleutian Islands, Demersal Longlines
- Content last updated
- 03 July 2019
- Alaska Pollock, Aleutian Islands
- United States National
- Stock Status
Very low risk
Very low risk
Aleutians Islands Alaska Pollock has been scored a very low risk. The stock is at safe levels and exploited within recommended limits.
This is because the stock biomass is projected to be 81,545 tonnes in 2019, which is more than that required to produce maximum sustainable yield. Fishing mortality is within recommended limits.
The management of Aleutian Islands Alaska pollock has been scored a very low risk. This is because management decisions are informed by an annual stock assessment, catches of pollock are well below the advised catch, and there is a comprehensive regulatory framework in place.
The bycatch in the demersal set longline Aleutian Island Alaska pollock fishery has been scored a moderate. Although no information is available on the bycatch impact of this fishery there is and active programme to reduce bycatch, including mitigating risks to vulnerable species.
The habitat impact of the demersal longline Alaska Pollock fishery has been scored a low risk. This is because demersal set longlines are a passive form of fishing gear that have relatively little interaction with seabed habitats compared to other fishing activities. Set longlines can get entangled on habitat features and mooring weights/anchors can cause abrasion and penetration of the seabed. There is no spatial management in place to restrict the footprint of this gear on the seabed.