ADF&G Opens 2020 State-Water Cod Fisheries in Gulf of Alaska with 5.59 Million Pound Harvest Limit
Despite the complete closure of federal waters in the Gulf of Alaska for 2020, the state announced season dates and Guideline Harvest Levels (GHLs) for five areas in the Gulf yesterday.
The federal fishery was closed earlier this fall due to a steep drop in Pacific cod stocks and recruitment in federal waters, between three and 200-miles offshore. The change in stock status is a climate-driven phenomenon, closely linked to higher temperatures in ocean waters during the 2014-2016 event...
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