Alaska Pollock, Gulf of Alaska, Mid-water otter trawl
- Content last updated
- 04 July 2019
- Gulf of Alaska
- Stock Status
Very low risk
Very low risk
Gulf of Alaska, Alaska pollock has been scored a very low risk. Gulf of Alaska pollock is in a safe condition and is not being subjected to overfishing.
This is because the stock biomass is estimated to be 345,352 tonnes in 2019, which is above the stock biomass target for Maximum Sustainable Yield. No significant changes in fishery operations are expected that would substantially alter the impact of the fishery on the resource.
The management of Gulf of Alaska, Alaska Pollock has been scored a very low risk. This is because management decisions are informed by an annual stock assessments, and there is a comprehensive regulatory framework in place.
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.