Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association - 46 years In the GOA and BSAI
We are proud to say that most of the fish we target have been Certified Sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

"​The MSC's fishery certification program and seafood ecolabel recognise and reward sustainable fishing. We are a global organisation working with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental choice in seafood." (MSC Website)
Gear changes over the last decade like Excluders for non-target species, changes in mesh size, and movement towards more Pelagic (Midwater) gear have made trawling the most efficient and technologically advanced fishery in the GOA.  We have used the data from over two decades of on board observers to identify our issues and vastly improve on them.

Our fleet has worked together, along with National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Groundfish Data Bank, biologists, and at-sea observers to ensure the science is available so fisheries managers, lawmakers, and the "Boots on Deck" fishermen will be able to make the most educated decisions regarding our fishery.  

Keeping the Gulf of Alaska fisheries healthy and sustainable is a top priority for AWTA.
Cooperative Research Projects

  • Halibut Excluders
  • Salmon Excluders
  • Electronic Monitoring
  • Alternative Catch Monitoring
  • Trawl Sweep Lift Modification