IB 20-85: Apportionment of the Groundfish Reserve in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

November 21, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.

Notice of a Fishery Management Action

The 2020 initial total allowable catch and total allowable catch 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:

Species Current This Action Revised
BSAI arrowtooth flounder 8,500 + 430 8,930
BSAI Alaska plaice 17,450 + 2,600 20,050
BSAI “other flatfish” 3,600 + 521 4,121

BS/EAI blackspotted/rougheye

112 + 20 132

WAI/CAI blackspotted/rougheye

224 + 40 264
BSAI skates 13,866 + 3,400 17,266
Total BSAI 1,993,049 + 6,951 2,000,000
Available reserve       6,951 - 6,951 0


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 November 25, 2020