Pollock catch by the F/V Ocean Hope 3         Credit: alaska-in-pictures.com

Cod catches will take a dip next year in both the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, while catches for pollock will be up in the Bering Sea and down in the Gulf.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council determines the numbers at its December meeting that just wrapped up in Anchorage. The Council sets the catches for over two dozen fisheries in federal waters from three to 200 miles offshore.

A breakdown by SeafoodNews.com shows that the Bering Sea pollock catch got a 2.4 percent increase to nearly 1.4 million metric tons or more than three billion pounds.

Bering Sea cod catches declined 11.5 percent to just over 366 million pounds (166,475 mt).

In the Gulf, pollock catches will be down 15 percent next year to nearly 311 million pounds, a drop of 55 million pounds. (141,227 mt)

Gulf cod catches will again take a dip to just over 27 million pounds – down 5.6 percent. (12,368mt)

Pacific Ocean Perch catches in the Bering Sea will increase by 18 percent while Atka mackerel will drop by that same amount.

For Sablefish catches, it was less than anticipated but the Gulf got a bump up to about 25.5 million pounds.

For the Bering Sea and Aleutians, a sablefish take of just under 7.7 million pounds is up slightly.

One of the biggest boosts was for sharks in the Gulf where catches were increased 81 percent to over 18 million pounds. (8,184 mt)

The Council also regulates halibut charters based upon the expected catches for the U.S. and Canada that are set in late January.

In the Central Gulf, charter customers will be limited to four trips per year with a limit of two halibut per trip.

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