North Pacific Council Issues Alert to Gulf Cod Fishermen
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - January 3, 2018
In big red letters, a one-page alert warns the Gulf of Alaska cod fleets: “Attention Cod Fishermen! 80% Decrease in Catch Limit for 2018” before describing what the massive cut in landings will mean to all gear types in federal and state waters of the Gulf.
At its December 2017 meeting, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved a Gulf-wide catch limit for Pacific cod at 18,000 mt, or about 39.7 million pounds for the 2018 season that starts January 20. Last year’s quota for P-cod in the Gulf for both the federal and state waters was about 82,000 mt.
“Recognizing that cod fishermen in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska need to quickly get this information to adjust their fishing plans for 2018....
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