Council still working on pollock decision

Posted: Sunday, December 13, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The North Pacific Fishery Management Council was expected to take final action on Friday and set the 2010 catch limit for Alaska pollock, but now the decision probably will come on Saturday.

The council has been meeting in Anchorage this week.

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

The recommendation for the allowable catch is 813,000 tons - slightly lower than last year and down significantly from the previous year of 1 million metric tons.

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

The Marine Conservation Alliance, a coalition that includes fishermen and processors, says the reduced catch limit is the responsible course to take.

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