In Alaska’s fisheries, hundreds of millions of pounds of unwanted marine life is thrown back into the sea each year as bycatch. Reducing this waste is a cornerstone of AMCC’s successful work to promote the long-term health of our marine ecosystems.
Bycatch is the incidental harvest of non-target species including fish, crab, corals, sponges and other marine life. High bycatch numbers can represent a significant source of mortality in a given population. This is a major concern for species such as salmon, halibut and crab that are critical to Alaska’s subsistence, sport and directed commercial fisheries.
AMCC works collaboratively with concerned fishermen and coastal residents to advocate for fishery management solutions that minimize bycatch.
- Reducing halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea
- Ensuring that the Gulf of Alaska Comprehensive Bycatch Management Program reduces bycatch of Chinook (king) salmon, halibut, and Tanner crab in the Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries beyond the status quo
- Increasing Federal Fisheries Observer coverage for Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries