Mothership and Shoreside Whiting Sectors Struggling This Year as Catches Fall Behind
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Susan Chambers - August 24, 2016
The 3-sector Pacific whiting fishery so far this year seems to be a mixed bag of slow production, concerns about rockfish bycatch and a little bit of worry about small fish.
So far, the catcher-processor sector is the only one of the three that has exceeded its 2015 whiting catch, harvesting 47,416.77 mt of whiting this year compared with 27,660.38 last year. Still, that's only 46 percent of its 72,415 mt allocation.
The mothership co-operatives and the shoreside sector are still behind, both relative to last year's landings and their percentage of annual allocation.
"The only constant about any given whiting season is that we know it will be different than the last one..
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