Alaska Pollock, East Bering Sea, Mid-water otter trawl
- Content last updated
- 20 March 2018
- Alaska Pollock, East Bering Sea
- United States National
- Stock Status
Very low risk
Very low risk
East Bering Sea Alaska Pollock has been scored a very low risk. T . This is because the female spawning stock biomass is projected to be 3,678,000 tonnes in 2018, which is well above the MSY level. Fishing mortality is within recommended limits. This stock is exploited conservatively. Overfishing is not occurring.
The management of Alaska Pollock in the East Bering Sea has been scored a very low risk. This is because the stock is well monitored, the TAC has been set according to scientific advice and catches have been below the TAC.
The bycatch in the mid-water trawl Alaska pollock fishery has been scored a low risk. This is because the bycatch is extremely low compared to other fisheries in the world, averaging 1% of the total catch. Of that small percentage, about half of the non-targeted species are processed and utilized. There is concern that the fishery may be indirectly affecting the population of Stellar sea lions.
The habitat impact of the mid-water trawl Alaska Pollock fishery has been scored a low risk. This is because mid-water trawls can occasionally interact with seafloor habitats, and there is no spatial management in place to restrict the footprint of this gear.