Reduced Cod TAC in Bering Sea Part of New Normal
This year’s reduction in the total allowable catch (TAC) Bering Sea cod may result in a shorter season, but it is not expected to change fleet behavior or vessel costs yet.
The 11.3% drop in TAC available to the federal fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands in 2019 adds pressure to trawl and longline skippers who have allocations for both directed harvests and bycatch of cod.
Most fleet managers and those familiar with the dynamics of the Bering Sea fisheries acknowledge that most vessels have...
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