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Fishery Information
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Improvement StatusFisheryFishSource RatingSustainability IssuesImprovement ObjectivesImprovements (2 years)FIP Rating & CommentAdditional Improvement Needs/Comments% of Classic Whitefish Sub-Sector
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Sustainable (MSC-C or FS scores above 8)Alaska pollock - Sea of Okhotsk: Russia Sea of Okhotsk Pollock- midwater trawlMedium RiskUntil recently, it was reported that real catches had been substantially larger than reported catches mainly because of high levels of pollock roe production and unreported discards of undersized pollock. Contradicting reports suggest the situation has improved in recent years and that compliance by fishers is high, but scientific observer coverage remains below desirable levels.
Some uncertainty remains as to the environmental impacts of the fishery, requiring improved reporting.
Public access to the stock assessment summary reports had been improving in recent years, but further improvements are still required, including publication of the full assessment reports.
Bycatch
got certified in Sept 2013NANA7.2
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Sustainable (MSC-C or FS scores above 8)Pacific cod - Karaginsky
Pacific cod - Petropavlovsk-Komandor
Pacific cod - W Bering Sea
Data DeficientAssessment results and details of management measures are not publicly available.
There is no one standard methodology applied to stock assessment across all stocks and fishing areas. On its best, stock assessment is based on periodical census surveys and resource management is not subject to BRP or HCR.
Details of environmental impacts of the fishery are scarce. There is still uncertainty surrounding the stock structure.
Available information indicates high biomass in Karaginsky and West Bering Sea while it appears the Sea of Okhotsk population is still at a low level.
NGOs have reported serious concerns about bycatch issues and impacts on seafloor habitats and ecosystems.
FIP launched in May 2013, in full industry leadership since Oct 2016; MSC pre-assessment conducted in Nov 2016, MSC FA started in October 2018, MSC Certification achieved in Sept 2019NANot according to PA findings0.6
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Improving (MSC FA)Kuril Islands Pelagic Trawl and Danish Seine Pollock FisheryModerate RiskIn 2016-2019, various limitations have prevented the accomplishment of a stock assessment with an optimal temporal and geographic scope. This introduces some uncertainty into the stock status.
Assessments in this fishery are not conducted at the biological stock level, and the poor status of a small component population could be masked by the good status of a larger one.
Fishery observer data for the South Kurils zone is not available: there may be bycatch of endangered Steller sea lions and salmon runs in this fishery.
entered MSC FA in Aug 2020NA??
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Improving (MSC FA)Vityaz-Avto Danish seine walleye pollock fisheryModerate RiskUntil recently, it was reported that real catches had been substantially larger than reported catches mainly because of high levels of pollock roe production and unreported discards of undersized pollock. Contradicting reports suggest the situation has improved in recent years and that compliance by fishers is high, but scientific observer coverage remains below desirable levels.
Some uncertainty remains as to the environmental impacts of the fishery, requiring improved reporting.
Public access to the stock assessment summary reports had been improving in recent years, but further improvements are still required, including publication of the full assessment reports.
Bycatch
entered MSC FA in July 2020NA??
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Improving (FIP A-C)Russia West Bering Sea pollock - midwater trawlHigh Risk (Bottom Trawl)The stock is at low levels and decreasing in size, and recruitment may be being compromised.
There is a general shortage of regularly published and complete information on the fishery assessment and management: public access to results of the stock assessments has been improving in recent years, but further improvements are still required, including publication of the full assessment report.
Fishing mortality estimates for the stock are not available so the future state of the stock cannot be evaluated.
Despite separate annual scientific advice on TACs being provided for the Navarinsky and WBS stocks, formal TACs and officially reported catches were provided for the entire western Bering Sea (zone 61.01), covering the Navarinsky stock and a part of the WBS stock, from 2001 to 2015, leading to overfishing of the WBS stock.
The Russia West Bering Sea pollock - midwater trawl FIP has a goal to enter MSC full assessment by Sept 2024 in order to acheieve MSC certification.FIP started in September 2019 Not yet rated?
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Fishery Target of SRAlaska pollock - NavarinskyMedium RiskFishing mortality values are not published so the future state of the stock cannot be evaluated.
A single TAC is currently set for the entire West Bering Sea (zone 61.01), covering two separate stocks.
There is a general shortage of regularly published information on the fishery assessment and management, although the situation is improving.
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Fishery Target of SRAlaska pollock - Sea of Okhotsk (non MSC C)Medium RiskUntil recently, it was reported that real catches had been substantially larger than reported catches mainly because of high levels of pollock roe production and unreported discards of undersized pollock. Contradicting reports suggest the situation has improved in recent years and that compliance by fishers is high, but scientific observer coverage remains below desirable levels.
Some uncertainty remains as to the environmental impacts of the fishery, requiring improved reporting.
Public access to the stock assessment summary reports had been improving in recent years, but further improvements are still required, including publication of the full assessment reports.
Bycatch
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Fishery Target of SROther smaller / unspecified stocks, e.g. Pacific cod - W Bering SeaHigh Risk (Bottom Trawl)Assessment results and details of management measures are not publicly available.
There is no one standard methodology applied to stock assessment across all stocks and fishing areas. On its best, stock assessment is based on periodical census surveys and resource management is not subject to BRP or HCR.
Details of environmental impacts of the fishery are scarce. There is still uncertainty surrounding the stock structure.
Available information indicates high biomass in Karaginsky and West Bering Sea while it appears the Sea of Okhotsk population is still at a low level.
NGOs have reported serious concerns about bycatch issues and impacts on seafloor habitats and ecosystems.
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