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IB 19-67: Apportionment of the Groundfish Reserve in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

September 24, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The 2019 initial total allowable catch and Community Development Quota of several species and species groups in the BSAI management area have been supplemented by amounts of the reserve according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.  This action is being taken in accordance with 50 CFR 679.20(b)(3).

The following table summarizes the apportionment in metric tons:

  Current This Action Revised
AI Greenland turbot 144 + 25 169
AI sablefish 1,971 + 37 2,008
BS sablefish 1,433 + 56  1,489
BS “other rockfish” 234 + 450 684

BS/EAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish

64 + 11 75

CAI/WAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish

173 + 31 204
BSAI arrowtooth flounder 7,656 + 1,344 9,000
BSAI northern rockfish 5,525 + 3,000 8,525
BSAI sharks 106 + 19 125
BSAI shortraker rockfish 304 + 54  358
Total BSAI  1,986,850 + 5,027 1,991,877
Available reserve 13,150 -5,027 8,123


Fishermen are reminded that all actions and closures remain in full force and effect.  This apportionment 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.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on October 09, 2019