IB 19-55: NMFS Reallocates Pacific Cod from Multiple Sectors to Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet Length Overall Using Hook-And-Line or Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

August 22, 2019 - 3:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating 1,821 metric tons (mt) of Pacific cod from the annual apportionment for multiple sectors to the annual amount specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot 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

Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear

35,660 - 1,000 34,660
Vessels Using Jig Gear 1,059 - 500 559
Catcher Vessels >=60 ft. Using Hook-and-Line Gear 321 - 321 0
Catcher Vessels <60 ft Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear 4,414 + 1,821 6,235

 

This action is necessary to allow the 2019 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(7)(iv)(C). This action does not imply any change in the status of the fisheries.

This information bulletin only provides notice of a fishery management action. For the purposes of complying with the requirements of this action, you are advised to see the actual text of the action in the Federal Register.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on August 22, 2019