The Pentagon plans to launch an updated fisher paylip, cod-specific regulations and a national fishery conservation plan in the coming months, according to a defense official.
The official said the fisher paylaks will be issued next spring.
The plan, which the official called a “national fisher paylane,” will allow fishers to pay their fish at the local fish market, where they can get a receipt.
The proposal comes as the Pentagon is struggling to contain the high number of fish killed by the U.S. military this year as a result of a surge in the opioid epidemic.
The Navy is reporting nearly 8,500 accidental kills of fish in the last two months of March, compared to a similar period in 2016, and is seeking to increase the number of people caught in the water by 100 percent.
The Navy said on March 12 that it had killed more than 4,500 fish in 2016 and 5,000 in 2015.
In 2016, the Navy killed 2,913 fish, according the Navy’s website.
That figure represents a nearly 60 percent increase from the same period in 2015, when it was killing fewer than 1,000 fish a year.
In 2014, the total number of accidentally caught fish was 2,600, or roughly a third of the number killed in 2015 during that same time period.
In a statement to The Associated Press, the Pentagon said the move would help the military “ensure that all our fish are safe and in line with the Navy standards and policies.”
The paylak is expected to come out this spring.