Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska, Longlines
- 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 longline fishery for Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska has been scored a low risk. This is because the fishery has the potential to take a quite substantial bycatch of seabirds, but the introduction of appropriate mitigation measures has helped to address this problem, and additional measures are in place to minimise the possible impact on short-tailed albatross, a seabird species which is classified as endangered.
The habitat impact of the longline fishery for Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska has been scored a low risk. As a static gear, longlines have only limited potential to cause damage to benthic habitats. In this fishery, area closures are used to minimise the risk of damage to sensitive habitats.