Alaska Pollock, East Bering Sea, Mid-water otter trawl

Theragra chalcogramma
Content last updated
20 March 2018
Stock
Alaska Pollock, East Bering Sea
Management
United States National
Stock Status
1 of 5
Very low risk
Management
1 of 5
Very low risk
Bycatch
2 of 5
Low risk
Habitat
2 of 5
Low risk

Stock status

1 of 5
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.

Management

1 of 5
Very low risk

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.

Bycatch

2 of 5
Low risk

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.

Habitat

2 of 5
Low risk

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.