IB 20-93: NMFS Reallocates Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

January 04, 2021 - 4:30 p.m.

Notice of a Fishery Management Action

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear and Pacific cod from trawl catcher vessels to the annual amount specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear and American Fisheries Act catcher/processors in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:

Jig Gear 178 -160 18

Catcher Vessels <60 Feet Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear       

4,807 +160 4,967
Trawl Catcher Vessels 30,707 -1,014 29,693

American Fisheries Act Catcher/Processors

3,196 + 1,014 4,210


This action is necessary to allow the 2020 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) and 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 January 04, 2021