The commercial allocation for Pacific hake, or whiting, will be set lower for the 2021 season, with the proposed harvest guideline down around nearly 13 percent from last year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing the US commercial harvest across the catcher-processor, mothership co-op and shore-based individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs be set at 304,005 metric tons.

The US allocation would be set at 369,400 metric tons for the season, also down 13 percent from last year.