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Alaska Cod Season Now Open

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ALASKA, US - Both the fall jig and pot fishery for Alaska cod have now opened in Alaskas Bering Sea, where longline and mid-water trawl fishing for Alaska cod have been open all year. The Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fisheries have also opened.

Alaska fishermen still have over 96,000 metric tons, or nearly one-third of the annual Alaska Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) left to catch.

Fishermen will be allowed to harvest 321,807 metric tons in 2011, a 27 per cent increase over the 2010 TAC of 253,096 metric tons.

Alaska cod populations are abundant and sustainable thanks to responsible fishing practices. Over 90 per cent of the cod harvested in the US is Pacific cod, a major portion of that comes from Alaska waters.

The US Pacific cod fishery is often hailed as one of the best-managed fisheries in the world.