Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska, Longlines

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

2 of 5
Low risk

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.

Habitat

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Low risk

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.