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Pollock ‘A’ season starts amid federal shutdown

Pollock “A” season began Sunday at noon. This year the total allowable catch is 1.397 million metric tons up from last year’s 1.364 million metric tons.

The partial federal government shutdown has caused some hiccups for the fishery, but it still started as scheduled Sunday.

Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty said Juneau has two regular fish managers on the job, but local National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) offices like Unalaska’s are closed.

“How are two people going to be able to track all the fixed gear stuff that started Jan. 1 and all the trawl sectors starting January 20?” Kelty said. “I’m a little concerned how they’re going to manage and track all that information and what information is going to be available to the public because they’re going to be so busy.”

The NMFS did not respond to requests for comment by KUCB’s air deadline.

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