IB 20-28: Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

March 26, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.

Notice of fishery management action

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating the projected unused amounts of 10,000 metric tons of the Aleut Corporation’s pollock directed fishing allowance from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea directed fisheries.  These actions are necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2020 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.

The changes to Table 4 of the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (85 FR 13553, March 9, 2020 and 85 FR 17034, March 26, 2020) can be found at:

Table 4: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/commercial-fishing/2020-2021-alaska-groundfish-harvest-specifications

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.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on March 26, 2020