Apportionment of the Groundfish Reserve in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

December 04, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The 2015 initial total allowable catch and total allowable catch of Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) northern rockfish, BSAI octopus, BSAI sculpins, and BSAI skates in the BSAI management area have been supplemented by amounts of the reserve according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.  

This action is being taken in accordance with 50 CFR 679.20(b)(3).

The following table summarizes the apportionment in metric tons:

SpeciesCurrentThis ActionRevised
BSAI Northern Rockfish6,263+ 1,0007,263
BSAI Octopus400+ 100500
BSAI Sculpins3,995+ 8004,795
BSAI Skates21,845+ 3,42825,273
Total BSAI1,994,672+ 5,3282,000,000
Available reserve5,328- 5,3280




Fishermen are reminded that all actions and closures remain in full force and effect.  This apportionment does not rescind or modify closures to directed fishing or actions prohibiting retention of a groundfish species.

This information bulletin only provides notice of a fishery management action. For the purposes of complying with any requirements of this action, you are advised to see the actual text of the action in the Federal Register.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019