Midwater Trawlers Cooperative
PO Box 2352, Newport, OR 97365
Heather Mann, Executive Director
Number of Vessels:
Total Direct Employment:
At least 100
Vessel Length Range
65-125 feet, with the majority of vessels in the 85-95 foot range
Gear Type Employed
Midwater trawl and bottom trawl
Federal Fishery Management Region(s) in Which Members Operate
North Pacific and Pacific
Pacific Coast: primarily mid-water whiting and bottom trawl groundfish and in Alaska (Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska) MTC vessels target pollock, cod and other groundfish
Examples of End-User Products
Alaska Pollock frozen fillets and block for the U.S. and European markets; surimi paste mostly for imitation seafood for the Japanese market. Cod and other groundfish is sold as fillets and headed and gutted products.
Midwater Trawlers Cooperative (MTC) is a not-for-profit industry trade association established in 1982. MTC members participate in whiting and groundfish fisheries off the West Coast and pollock, cod and other groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.
MTC represents the interests of midwater trawl commercial fishing vessels at local, state, regional and national fisheries management venues. We do this by tracking state and national fisheries policy activities and legislation and through participation in both state and federal fisheries management processes including the North Pacific and Pacific Fishery Management Councils.