National Fisherman

Groundfish harvest levels for 2013 approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council have boosted the total allowable catch of pollock in the Eastern Bering Sea to 1,247,000 tons, up nearly 4 percent from last year.

In 2012, fishermen harvested 1,204,554 tons of pollock in the Eastern Bering Sea, just over the allowable harvest of 1,200,000 tons.

The TAC for the Aleutian Islands pollock meanwhile remained at 19,000 tons.

In the Gulf of Alaska, the council approved a total allowable catch of pollock of 121,046 tons, up 4 percent from the 2012 allowable harvest of 116,444 tons. Last year's Gulf of Alaska pollock harvest was 100,912 tons.

The Pacific cod allocation for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands was set at 260,000 tons, down from 261,000 tons in 2012, when the harvest was 231,682 tons.

In the Gulf of Alaska, where 52,942 tons of an allowable harvest of 65,700 tons was taken last year, the quota was lowered 7.8 percent by the council to 60,600 tons.

Sablefish quotas were also lowered in both areas.

Read the full story at the Cordova Times>>

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NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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