Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish Annual Catch Limit and Accountability Measures for 2021-2024
In this final rule, NOAA Fisheries implements an annual catch limit (ACL) of 492,000 lb for Deep 7 bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands for each of the three fishing years 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24. As an in-season accountability measure (AM), if NOAA Fisheries projects that the fishery will reach the ACL in a fishing year, we will close the commercial and non-commercial fisheries in federal waters for the remainder of the fishing year. As a post-season AM, if NOAA Fisheries determines that the catch exceeded the ACL in a fishing year, we will reduce the ACL for the following fishing year by the amount of the overage. This rule supports the long-term sustainability of Deep 7 bottomfish.