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Inseason Fisheries Management in Alaska

The Inseason Management Branch of Sustainable Fisheries monitors the catch rates of groundfish and prohibited species according to the annual catch limits and allocations by gear, sector, and seasonal apportionments proscribed in regulation and found in the harvest specifications. The branch opens and closes fisheries under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Act including the National Standard 1 guideline: Conservation and management measures shall prevent overfishing while achieving on a continuing basis, the optimum yield from each fishery.