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.

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Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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