The federal North Pacific Fishery Management Council, one of eight regional councils established by Congress, aimed to achieve a total allowable catch
target by repeatedly shortening the fishing season.
Scientists say it would have been okay to take 2.9 million tons of groundfish in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands fishery last year, and 743,000 in the Gulf of Alaska -- but the total allowable catches
were two million and 326,000 tons, respectively.
"Total allowable catches
for 2012 has not yet been announced, however, recent research has come across a pilchard resource twice the size of a year ago.
In response to the calls for Namibia to stop the annual seal hunt, Bernard Esau, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, said claims that the country's seal population is diminishing are not true and that the current total allowable catch
of seals is approximately 10% of the total population.
Bernard Esau, Minister of Fisheries, increases the TAC in accordance with Section 38 of the Marine Resources Act 27 of 2000, whereby [.sub.t]he Minister may, from time to time set a total allowable catch
to limit the quantity which may be harvested in respect of any marine resource in a given period.