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North Pacific Council Sets 2011 Groundfish Catch Limits: Pollock and Pacific Cod Limits Increase as Fish Populations Climb

"Our precautionary approach to fishery management continues to provide sustainable seafood to millions," said MCA President Frank Kelty.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council ("NPFMC") has unanimously approved its recommendations for the 2011 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands ("BSAI") groundfish total allowable catch (TAC) limits.  For 2011, the pollock and pacific cod catch limits are both up significantly, reflecting strong growth in those fish populations.

The Council annually establishes catch limits for nearly a dozen species that make up the productive BSAI ecosystem.  For 2011, the catch limits for two of the major species in the Bering Sea have been increased significantly.  The pollock catch limit has increased by 54% over 2010, and the pacific cod catch limit has been increased by 35%.

"The Marine Conservation Alliance fully supports the Council's recommendations," said President Frank Kelty.  "For more than 30 years, strict annual catch limits for the federal fisheries off the coast of Alaska have protected our clear, pristine waters and abundant ecosystem, which continues to feed tens of millions of people throughout the world." 

The groundfish catch limits are established annually, based on advice from scientists from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NOAA), the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and other agencies and universities; as well as the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee and Advisory Panel, and public testimony.

Additional details of the Council's decision on quotas are: 

Species

Area

2010 TAC

2011 TAC

Pollock

EBS

813,000

1,252,000



AI

19,000

19,000



Bogoslof

50

150

Pacific Cod

BSAI

168,780

227,950

Sablefish

BS

2,790

2,850



AI

2,070

1,900

Yellowfin Sole

BSAI

219,000

196,000

Greenland Turbot

BS

4,220

3,500



AI

1,900

1,550

Arrowtooth Flounder

BSAI

75,000

25,900

Kamchatka Flounder

BSAI

NA

17,700

Northern Rock Sole

BSAI

90,000

85,000

Flathead Sole

BSAI

60,000

41,548

Alaska Plaice

BSAI

50,000

16,000

Other Flatfish

BSAI

17,300

3,000

Pacific Ocean Perch

BSAI

18,860

24,700

Northern Rockfish

BSAI

7,240

4,000

Rougheye

BSAI

547

454

Shortraker Rockfish

BSAI

387

393

Other Rockfish

BSAI

1,040

1,000

Atka Mackerel

EAI/BS

23,800

40,300



CAI

29,600

11,280



WAI

20,600

1,500

Squid

BSAI

1,970

425

Other Species

BSAI

50,000

NA

Skate

BSAI

NA

16,500

Shark

BSAI

NA

50

Octopus

BSAI

NA

150

Sculpin

BSAI

NA

5,200

Total



1,677,154

2,000,000


Contacts:
  • Frank Kelty, President, MCA, (907) 523-0731
  • Dave Witherell, NPFMC Deputy Director, (907) 271-2809
  • Jim Ianelli, pollock stock assessment biologist NMFS, (206) 526-6510
  • Pat Livingston, Chair NPFMC Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) (206) 526-4172
  • Dr. Doug DeMaster, Science and Research Director, Alaska Fishery Science Center, (206) 526-4047
More information on the Marine Conservation Alliance and the SeaAlliance campaign is available at:

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The Juneau-based Marine Conservation Alliance is a coalition of seafood processors, harvesters, support industries and coastal communities that are active in Alaska fisheries.  The MCA represents approximately 75 percent of the participants in Alaska shellfish and groundfish fisheries and promotes science based conservation measures to ensure sustainable fisheries in Alaska.  For more information, click on http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/



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