Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska, Demersal otter trawl
- Content last updated
- 12 July 2019
- Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska
- Stock Status
Very low risk
Very low risk
Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska has been scored as very low risk. The recent values of both fishing mortality and spawning biomass are sufficiently within the safe limits of the relevant reference points to lead to the classification as very low risk.
This is because the most recent assessment indicates that the stock is not overfished, and that overfishing is not occurring.
Management of the stock of Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska bank has been scored a very low risk. This is because there is appropriate scientific advice and there is a comprehensive set of management and control measures in place in order to protect the stock from over-exploitation.
The bycatch in the otter trawl fishery for Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska has been scored a moderate risk. This is because, in general the otter trawl is considered high risk but the available information suggests relatively limited bycatch in this fishery, and that appropriate mitigation measures are in place.
The habitat impact of the demersal trawl fishery for Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska has been scored a moderate risk. While otter trawl gear in general is considered high risk, in this case extensive area closures are in place, many of which are intended to protect vulnerable habitats.