Scientists recommend lower pollock catch

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Government scientists have come up with their recommendation for next year's allowable catch of Bering Sea pollock - the nation's largest commercial fishery.

Scientists attending a Seattle meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council on Tuesday recommended an allowable catch of 813,000 tons - slightly lower than last year and down significantly from the previous year of 1 million metric tons.

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is scheduled to set the 2010 total allowable catch for Bering Sea pollock during their December meeting in Anchorage.

The recommendation from scientists confirms that the pollock population remains low.

The 2009 assessment indicated that the spawning mass was at its lowest level in 30 years.

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