The boat will be the largest in its fleet, according to Alaskan Leader's Nick Delaney.
Without the race, Delaney
said there's more incentive to keep the whole fish.
"You're incentivized to add value to what you have to catch."
said that the Northern Leader
will be able to carry 1.8 million pounds, more than the 1.1 million capacity of Alaskan Leader's
Bristol Leader, the largest vessel in the longline fleet right now.
That means it - along with Alaskan Leader's
other three vessels - can keep more of the fish they catch.
"We're not catching any more fish, but we're utilizing more," Delaney
"It's a very robust African market," Delaney
said the Northern Leader
will prosecute other fish as well, but its main directed fishery is Pacific cod.
"It's fairly well-developed technology, it's just never been deployed in the fishing industry," Delaney