The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is exchanging rock sole Community Development Quota (CDQ) for yellowfin sole CDQ Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) reserves in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2018 total allowable catch (TAC) of yellowfin sole by the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.
This action decreases the TAC and CDQ reserves and increases the CDQ ABC reserve for rock sole by 400 metric tons (mt) and increases the TAC and CDQ reserves and decreases the CDQ ABC reserve for yellowfin sole by 400 mt.
The changes to Tables 11 and 13 of the final 2018 and 2019 harvest specifications for groundfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (83 FR 8365, February 26, 2018) can be found at Tables 11 and 13.
Fishermen are reminded that all actions and closures remain in full force and effect. This reallocation 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 fishery management action. For the purposes of complying with any requirements of this action, you are advised to see the actual text of the action in the Federal Register.