One of the Best Managed Fisheries in the World
Guided by science, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council sets fishery quotas each year at a level to provide harvest in perpetuity. For flatfish fisheries, this level is currently a modest portion of available biomass. In 2019, the BSAI yellowfin sole fishery’s total catch was 43 percent below the maximum amount available for harvest.
All catch is monitored 24/7 by two federal fishery observers who are deployed on each vessel 100% of the time. Federal observers precisely estimate the volume and composition of our catch and transmit that data to NOAA fisheries daily for use in tracking quota and in future management decisions. This real-time data is also used by the fleet, allowing our captains to quickly adjust fishing to harvest more targeted species and less bycatch. The observers also document all bycatch volumes to ensure bycatch limits are not exceeded.
All fisheries harvested by our fleet are independently certified as sustainable, they are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified and the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) program.