Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska, Demersal otter trawl

Gadus macrocephalus
Content last updated
12 July 2019
Stock
Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska
Management
USA
Stock Status
1 of 5
Very low risk
Management
1 of 5
Very low risk
Bycatch
3 of 5
Moderate risk
Habitat
3 of 5
Moderate risk

Stock status

1 of 5
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

1 of 5
Very low risk

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. 

Bycatch

3 of 5
Moderate risk

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.

Habitat

3 of 5
Moderate risk

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.