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NOAA Fishwatch

Bering Sea fishermen are now trawling for pollock.  

"B" season opened last week with a total quota of almost 742,764 metric tons, which is about 1.5 percent higher than last year

"It's fairly status quo," said Krista Milani of the National Marine Fisheries Service. "We've really enjoyed a pretty sustainable fishery in Bering Sea pollock, and we're really fortunate for that."

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Pollock "A" season began Sunday at noon.

This year the total allowable catch is 1.397 million metric tons up from last year’s 1.364 million metric tons.

The partial federal government shutdown has caused some hiccups for the fishery, but it still started as scheduled Sunday.

Mayor Frank Kelty said Juneau has two regular fish managers on the job, but local National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) offices like Unalaska's are closed.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

 

For the 21st consecutive year, Dutch Harbor is America’s largest fishing port.

According to an annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report released Thursday, the Port of Dutch Harbor led the nation with 769 million pounds of seafood landed in 2017, worth $173 million.

 

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

 

Unalaska welcomed two Japanese-flagged vessels to port this week — one devoted to Arctic research, the other connected to controversial commercial whaling.

The first is the Oshoro Maru V, a research vessel for Hokkaido University's school of fisheries sciences.

 

Professor Toru Hirawake is the chief scientist onboard.

 

NOAA Fishwatch

A month into pollock "B" season, fishermen have caught about 16 percent of the quota.

That's a bit of a slow start, according to Krista Milani of the National Marine Fisheries Service. At this time last year, the fleet had taken about 22 percent of the total harvest.

So far, 67 boats have participated in the fishery — a dozen fewer than last year.

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