Halibut and red king crab bycatch rate standards for the Alaska groundfish trawl fisheries included under the vessel incentive program are established for the second half of 1999, according to Steven Pennoyer, Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region.
These standards are specified for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) trawl fisheries during the second half of 1999 (July 1 - December 31) as follows:
|Fishery||Bycatch rate standards for the last half of 1999|
|Halibut bycatch rate standards (kilograms of halibut/metric ton of groundfish catch)|
|BSAI Midwater pollock||1.0|
|BSAI Bottom pollock||5.0|
|BSAI Yellowfin sole||5.0|
|BSAI Other trawl||30.0|
|GOA Midwater pollock||1.0|
|GOA Other trawl||40.0|
|Zone 1 red king crab bycatch rate standards (number of crab/metric ton of groundfish)|
|BSAI yellowfin sole||2.5|
|BSAI Other trawl||2.5|
Comments on these bycatch rate standards will be accepted through, June 28, 1999. This information bulletin provides notice that a regulatory change has occurred. Do not rely upon it to guide you in complying with the new regulatory change.