Correction to Information Bulletin 08-04 NMFS Announces That Certain Provisions of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Retention Standard Program Are Invalid and Will Not Be Enforced by NMFS

January 14, 2008 - 5:00 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 the phrase, “that each haul is weighed separately”, contained in the second sentence of 50 C.F.R. 679.27(j)(5)(ii), are invalid and void and will not be enforced by NMFS. Finally, NMFS announces that the last sentence of 50 C.F.R. 679.27(j)(5)(iii) is 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.

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 in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019