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

October 31, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

Sustainable Fisheries
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The 2018 initial total allowable catch and total allowable catch of several species and species groups 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:

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                                                       Current                 This Action                     Revised

AI Greenland turbot                            144                          + 25                              169

BS sablefish                                     1,208                          + 55                            1,263

BSAI Alaska plaice                        16,100                     + 1,460                          17,560

BSAI northern rockfish                    5,185                        + 700                            5,885

BSAI “other flatfish”                       3,400                        + 700                             4,100

BSAI shortraker rockfish                    150                        + 100                               250

BSAI sculpins                                  4,250                         + 750                            5,000

BSAI skates                                    22,950                     + 6,130                          29,080

CAI/WAI blackspotted/

rougheye rockfish                                150                           + 28                               178

Total BSAI                                1,990,052                       + 9,948                    2,000,000

Available reserve                              9,948                      -  9,948                                  0

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