IB 20-42: NMFS Prohibits Directed Fishing for Pollock in the Summer and Winter Herring Savings Areas of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

June 04, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in the three Summer and Winter Herring Savings Areas of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time (A.l.t), June 15, 2020, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2020 herring bycatch allowance specified for the midwater trawl pollock fishery in the BSAI and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.21(e)(7)(vi).

This action includes prohibiting directed fishing for pollock by vessels participating in the Community Development Program.

The Summer Herring Savings Area 1 is that part of the Bering Sea subarea that is south of 57° North latitude and between 162° W longitude and 164° W longitude from 1200 hours, A.l.t., June 15 through 1200 hours A.l.t., July 1, 2020.  The Summer Herring Savings Area 2 is that part of the Bering Sea subarea that is south of 56°30” North latitude and between 164° W longitude and 167° W longitude from 1200 hours, A.l.t., July 1 through 1200 hours A.l.t., August 15, 2020.  The Winter Herring Savings Area is that part of the Bering Sea subarea that is between of 58° and 60° North latitude and between 172° W longitude and 175° W longitude from 1200 hours, A.l.t., September 1 through 1200 hours A.l.t., March 1, 2021.

While this closure is effective the maximum retainable amounts at 50 CFR 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

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 in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on June 04, 2020