The 2003 total allowable catch (TAC) specifications for four groundfish target species in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 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 679.20(b)(3).
The following table summarizes the apportionments in metric tons:
|CURRENT INITIAL TAC|
|THIS ACTION||REVISED ITAC|
|Bering Sea Subarea|
|Greenland Turbot||2,278||+ 100||2,378|
|Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands|
|Arrowtooth Flounder||10,200||+ 3,000||13,200|
|Yellowfin Sole||71,188||+ 3,500||74,688|
|Alaska Plaice||9,250||+ 750||10,000|
|Total BSAI||1,984,088||+ 7,350||1,991,438|
|Available Reserve||15,912||- 7,350||8,562|
Fishermen are reminded that all actions and closures remain in full force and effect. These apportionments do not rescind or modify closures to directed fishing or actions prohibiting retention of a groundfish species.
This information bulletin only provides notice of a regulatory change. For the purposes of complying with the regulatory change, you are advised to see the actual text of the regulation in the Code of Federal Regulations.