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IB 21-30: NMFS Prohibits Retention of Blackspotted and Rougheye Rockfish in the Central Aleutian and Western Aleutian Districts of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

July 30, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.

Notice of a Fishery Management Action

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting retention of blackspotted and rougheye rockfish in the Central Aleutian and Western Aleutian districts of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, August 2, 2021, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.                     

This action is necessary because the 2021 total allowable catch of blackspotted and rougheye rockfish in the Central Aleutian and Western Aleutian districts of the BSAI have been reached and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(2).

NMFS is requiring that blackspotted and rougheye rockfish in the Central Aleutian and Western Aleutian districts of the BSAI be treated in the same manner as a prohibited species, as described under § 679.21(a), for the remainder of the year, except blackspotted and rougheye rockfish species in the Central Aleutian and Western Aleutian districts of the BSAI caught by catcher vessels using hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear as described in § 679.20(j).

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 August 17, 2021