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Bycatch and Prohibited Species Catch in Groundfish and Shellfish Fisheries in Alaska

Fish species that are not targeted and are discarded are considered bycatch or incidental catch. Certain species taken incidentally in Alaska's groundfish fisheries are called Prohibited Species Catch (PSC).

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