The 2005 initial total allowable catch (ITAC) specified for "other flatfish" in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area has 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:
|BSAI||CURRENT ITAC||THIS ACTION||REVISED ITAC|
|"Other Flatfish"||2,975||+ 1,400||4,375|
|Total BSAI||1,796,207||+ 1,400||1,797,607|
|Available Reserve||16,050||- 1,400||14,650|
"Other flatfish" consists of all flatfish species, except for Pacific halibut, flathead sole, Greenland turbot, rock sole, yellowfin sole, arrowtooth flounder, and Alaska plaice.
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 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.