Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish Annual Catch Limit and Accountability Measures for 2021-2024
NOAA Fisheries proposes to implement an annual catch limit (ACL) of 492,000 lb (223,167 kg) for Deep 7 bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands. The proposed rule would apply to 2021–2022, 2022–2023, and 2023–2024. As an in-season accountability measure, if NOAA Fisheries projects that the fishery will reach the ACL in any given fishing year, we would close the commercial and non-commercial fisheries in federal waters for the remainder of the fishing year. As a post-season accountability measure, if NOAA Fisheries determines the catch exceeded the ACL in a fishing year, we would reduce the ACL for the following fishing year by the amount of the overage. The proposed rule supports the long-term sustainability of Deep 7 bottomfish. NOAA Fisheries is accepting comments on the proposed rule through November 16, 2021.