Sustainable 2009 Harvest Set for Alaska Pollock
Management Council (NPFMC) announced
allowable catch (TAC) of 815,000 metric tons, an 18.5% reduction from 2008.
The decision follows the recommendations of scientists to ensure the ongoing
sustainability of the stock due to the cyclically lower abundance of
That’s affirmed by the Council’s recent action regarding the
Marine Fisheries Service.
sandwiches to surimi, is the largest commercial food fishery in the world.
Like all biological populations,
their abundance. Scientists with NMFS, a division of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), predicted this year’s decline in biomass
due to low numbers of pollock reaching maturity between 2000 and 2005.
However, a strong class of young pollock from 2006 is expected to again
increase the biomass in 2009.
For over thirty years, the Council has upheld the sustainable harvest
level recommended by scientists. In fact, the harvest limit for
is always set substantially below the level scientists say will biologically
protect the stocks, never above. This precautionary approach means the
long-term health of both the fish and the ecosystem are the top priority, and
is one reason why
for the world.
vulnerable concentrations of spawning pollock. Further,
protected areas (MPAs) protect critical habitats, marine mammals, and other
species and maintain a healthy ecosystem with fishing restrictions over
thousands of square miles. No species of
as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Details about the sustainable management of
at the website of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
http://www.alaskaseafood.org. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is a
partnership of the
industry education. ASMI’s international marketing efforts receive support
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SOURCE The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute