Bering Sea Pollock and Cod in Good Shape But Could Be Moving North
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - November 16, 2017
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council's Groundfish Plan Team recommended an allowable biological catch (ABC) for 2018 of Pacific cod in the Eastern Bering Sea of 188,000 mt down from this year’s ABC of 239,000 mt.
The actual catch limits will be determined by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council in early December.
Reasons for the downturn in ABC were:
* a 46% drop from 2016 to 2017 in the EBS shelf trawl survey abundance, or numbers of fish -- the biggest drop in history.
* A 37% drop in EBS biomass (weight) from 2016 to 2017 -- also the biggest in history.
There is good news for P-cod elsewhere near the Bering Sea...
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