Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Retention Standards Affected by Court Decision Do Not Include Those Adopted Under Amendment 80

January 09, 2008 - 2:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

On December 18, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision invalidating three monitoring and enforcement requirements associated with the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Retention Standard Program that would have been effective on January 20, 2008. In accordance with the court’s ruling, NMFS announces that the regulation at 50 C.F.R. 679.7(m)(5) is invalid and void and will not be enforced by NMFS. NMFS also announces that the phrase, “at a single location” contained in the first sentence of 50 C.F.R. 679.27(j)(5)(ii), and that the last sentence of 50 C.F.R. 679.27(j)(5)(iii) are invalid and void and will not be enforced by NMFS. Other regulations pertaining to the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Retention Standard Program were unaffected by the court’s decision and will be effective starting on January 20, 2008.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019