Pacific Cod, Aleutian Islands, Demersal otter trawl
- Content last updated
- 12 July 2019
- Aleutian Islands
- Stock Status
Pacific cod in the Aleutian Islands area has been scored as a moderate risk. The stock has no reference points for sustainability although the biomass shows a rising trend since 2010
The stock was scored using the RASS scoring guidance for data limited stocks. The rising biomass trend and the moderate to high fishbase vulnerability score of 50/100, implies a moderate risk level. Also the most recent assessment indicates that the stock is not being subject to overfishing.
The management of Aleutian Islands Pacific cod has been scored a low risk. This is because management decisions are informed by an annual data limited stock assessment and catches of Pacific cod are well below the advised catch (and are far below the combined ESBAI catch), and there is a comprehensive regulatory framework in place.
The bycatch in the Pacific cod bottom otter trawl fishery has been scored a high risk. Efforts are being made to reduce bycatch and discards, however relatively high bycatch levels are found in mobile bottom gear fisheries.
The habitat impact of the Pacific cod bottom otter trawl fishery has been scored a high risk. Efforts are being made to reduce the habitat impact of this fishery, however mobile bottom gears potentially can cause significant damage to seafloor habitats.