Alaska Pollock, Gulf of Alaska, Mid-water otter trawl

Theragra chalcogramma
Content last updated
04 July 2019
Stock
Gulf of Alaska
Management
US
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

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.  

Management

1 of 5
Very low risk

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.

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.