Bering Sea pollock quota cut

At its meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council set the 2010 Bering Sea pollock quota at 813,000 metric tons, slightly less than the 2009 quota.

The 813,000-metric-ton quota was recommended by scientists nearly a month ago. Released in September, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s bottom trawl and mid-water acoustic surveys revealed that the pollock spawning biomass had dipped below target levels, as fewer young fish entered the population between 2001 and 2005.

Last year’s pollock spawning biomass was at its lowest level since 1980. As a result, NOAA set the 2009 Bering Sea pollock quota at 815,000 metric tons, down 19 percent from the 2008 quota and 46 percent from the 2006 quota.

Bering Sea pollock is one of the world’s largest fisheries and is certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

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