The National Marine Fisheries service (NMFS) is reallocating 1,545 metric tons (mt) of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using pot or hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:
|PACIFIC COD||CURRENT SHARE||THIS ACTION||REVISED SHARE|
|Jig Gear||1,595||- 1,545||50|
|Catcher Vessels < 60 Feet LOA Using Hook-and-line or Pot gear||1,416||+ 1,545||2,961|
This action is necessary to allow the 2004 A season total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(C)(1). This action does not imply any change in the status of the fisheries.
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.