In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season.
A new twist in a decade-long trade war with the EU could crimp one of Alaska’s most lucrative fisheries: Alaska pollock.
A disaster declaration could make the fishery eligible for federal relief funds, although who specifically would receive money would be figured out later.
A researcher for the University of Alaska Fairbanks based in Kodiak, Mike Litzow said the recent crash in the Pacific cod population in the Gulf of Alaska was a wake-up call that there’s a lot to be learned about the early life stages of Pacific cod.
The Pacific halibut fishery may see a drop in stock over the next few years and the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which regulates the fishery, uses surveys in Kodiak waters to collect data.
Regulators voted to slash Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod allocations 80 percent earlier this month after a massive decline in stocks. That has fishermen and processors around the Gulf deciding what to do when the season kicks off in January.