The early Pacific saury fishing season decreased drastically after 2010 but the stock seems to have stabilised since. The fishing rate is sustainable for future long-term yield, hence current catch levels do not pose any harm to the saury population.
This harvest method is operated from the surface in the upper water column by hand or mechanically, allowing endangered, threatened, protected (ETP) species to be released unharmed. The discard rate of this fishery is low; mainly because all the fish is normally sold. Negative ecosystem changes caused by the fishery are unlikely. This harvest method is pelagic and does not have any impact on the benthic habitat.
The stock is managed by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the North Pacific Fisheries Commission. The regulatory framework covers issues such as restricting the mesh size of fishing nets, placing legal instruments to combat illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, requesting use of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) in order to ensure monitoring and management measures. Overall, management is partly effective.