Pacific whiting on the mend
The global groundfish supply is about to get a bit tighter.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council this week recommended a 42 percent cut in the Pacific whiting quota this year, to 184,000 metric tons. Last year's whiting catch exceeded 322,000 metric tons valued at more than $50 million.
The council attributed the proposed quota cut to a sharp drop in the species' spawning biomass to record low levels. The National Marine Fisheries Service is expected to approve the recommendation.