Sustainable Fisheries

Happy fishermanThe fisheries are closely and carefully monitored by NMFS scientists and law enforcement personnel.

Natural variability is explicitly taken into account, because IFQ shares are percentages of the annually variable TACs, rather than for a certain amount of fish. An individual’s fractional share remains constant, but the total, science-based quota varies in accordance with the natural fluctuations of the fish populations.

Far less fishing gear is left on the fishing grounds because the fishery is less frantic than in previous years; this reduces unwanted catch by abandoned gear.

Tramonto AlaskaSeafood quality is better because steady landings allow for better on-boat handling and prompt processing; this also reduces waste.