Conservation Status

Not listed by the IUCN. Although there are recognized western Atlantic centers of abundance of pollock on the

Scotian Shelf, Georges Bank, and Gulf of Maine, tagging studies suggest considerable movement of pollock between these centers and accordingly, pollock from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and south continue to be assessed as a single, unit stock by United States scientists. The total nominal catch from this stock, including commercial and recreational, has been steadily declining since 1986, and the 1996 total represents an 82% reduction from 1986 landings. Spawning biomass is increasing, but within the Gulf of Maine, stock abundance and biomass remain low. Overall the stock is considered to be fully exploited, but not yet in an overfished condition.

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