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Bering Sea: Pollock season under way, quota a concern

Jan 19, 2012 - 11:48 AM AKST 
 BY ANDREW JENSEN, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE

A crewman on the F/V Starlite monitors a haul of pollock during the summer “B” season in the Bering Sea. Starlite Captain Floyd Smith told the North Pacific Fishery Management Council he was representing about 60 captains in calling for a conservative pollock quota in 2012.
A crewman on the F/V Starlite monitors a haul of pollock during the summer “B” season in the Bering Sea. Starlite Captain Floyd Smith told the North Pacific Fishery Management Council he was representing about 60 captains in calling for a conservative pollock quota in 2012.
Photo/Dan Parrett/AlaskaStock
After two lean years of Alaska Bering Sea pollock harvests, 2011 was supposed to be a return to normalcy with a quota set near the historic average at 1.25 million metric tons.
The season ended with a thud, though, as some 54,000 metric tons were left in the water following the “B” season that starts June 10 and ends Nov. 1. The shore-based catcher fleet reported difficulties finding the fish, poor catch rates and soaring encounters with both chinook and chum salmon bycatch as effort extended deeper into.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/AJOC-January-22-2012/Pollock-season-under-way-quota-a-concern/