Bering Sea Alaska pollock, flatfish TACs could get boosts from likely cod cut

“There could be an increase in the [Bering Sea] pollock TAC, to offset the drop in cod,” James Ianelli, a fisheries biologist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in a report by the news site Undercurrentsnews.com

The stock situation with cod and the improved market from pollock, as well as the news Russia is cutting its 2018 TAC by 110,000t, creates a different dynamic at the 2017 NPFMC meeting.

“Usually, cod is king at the negotiations, as the value is high and also you have various sectors involved, such as trawl and longline. Also, in previous years, there has not been a big push for more pollock TAC, as the market has been bad. However, this is turning around now,” Ianelli told Undercurrent.

Also, yellowfin sole, rock sole and Atka mackerel — all caught by the Amendment 80 flatfish trawler fleet — are species that could be increased, said Ianelli, who will present some of the analyses at the council meeting on Dec. 4. These results then feed into the recommendations from the scientific and statistical committee, or SSC, to the NPFMC for TAC levels.

Due to the likely cuts for cod, sources are suggesting around 20,000-25,000t could be added to the Bering Sea pollock quota.

The allowable biological catch (ABC) for 2018 recommended by the scientific plan team for the groundfish fisheries for pollock in the Bering Sea is 2,592,000t (see below), compared to 2,800,000 in 2017. In 2017, the TAC was set at 1,345,000t.

 

“There could be an increase in the [Bering Sea] pollock TAC, to offset the drop in cod,” James Ianelli, a fisheries biologist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said.

The stock situation with cod and the improved market from pollock, as well as the news Russia is cutting its 2018 TAC by 110,000t, creates a different dynamic at the 2017 NPFMC meeting.

“Usually, cod is king at the negotiations, as the value is high and also you have various sectors involved, such as trawl and longline. Also, in previous years, there has not been a big push for more pollock TAC, as the market has been bad. However, this is turning around now,” Ianelli told Undercurrent.

Also, yellowfin sole, rock sole and Atka mackerel — all caught by the Amendment 80 flatfish trawler fleet — are species that could be increased, said Ianelli, who will present some of the analyses at the council meeting on Dec. 4. These results then feed into the recommendations from the scientific and statistical committee, or SSC, to the NPFMC for TAC levels.

Due to the likely cuts for cod, sources are suggesting around 20,000-25,000t could be added to the Bering Sea pollock quota.

The allowable biological catch (ABC) for 2018 recommended by the scientific plan team for the groundfish fisheries for pollock in the Bering Sea is 2,592,000t (see below), compared to 2,800,000 in 2017. In 2017, the TAC was set at 1,345,000t.

 

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