Atka Mackerel – Alaska, Bottom Trawl
Atka mackerel is related to the greenlings and lingcod. It is a small fish, found in the Northeast Pacific. In Alaska, Atka mackerel are moderately abundant and fishing levels on this species are sustainable.
Atka mackerel are caught with bottom trawls, which can be environmentally destructive. However, there are a number of spatial restrictions in place in Alaska that limit the use of bottom trawl gear and help mitigate overall habitat impacts. There is some bycatch of non-target species and interactions with Steller sea lions.
Atka mackerel is an important prey item for many species in Alaska’s waters. Managers have taken into account the ecological role of this species when setting management measures.