Pacific Cod, Aleutian Islands, Demersal otter trawl

Gadus macrocephalus
Content last updated
12 July 2019
Stock
Aleutian Islands
Management
US
Stock Status
3 of 5
Moderate risk
Management
2 of 5
Low risk
Bycatch
4 of 5
High risk
Habitat
4 of 5
High risk

Stock status

3 of 5
Moderate risk

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.

Management

2 of 5
Low risk

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.

Bycatch

4 of 5
High risk

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.

Habitat

4 of 5
High risk

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.