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IB 22-02: NMFS Revises the 2022 Pollock and Pacific cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts in the Gulf of Alaska

January 03, 2022 - 11:45 a.m.

Notice of a fishery management action

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is revising the 2022 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for pollock and Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, January 1, 2022, according to Robert D. Mecum, Acting Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

NMFS is increasing the pollock TAC from 99,784 metric tons (mt) to 141,117 mt. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined that the current 2022 pollock TAC for the GOA is incorrectly specified. The TAC currently specified for 2022 is different than the associated TAC derived from the latest stock assessment information. 

NMFS is decreasing the Pacific cod TAC from 27,961 mt to 24,111 mt. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined that the current 2022 Pacific cod TAC for the GOA is incorrectly specified. The TAC currently specified for 2022 is different than the associated TAC derived from the latest stock assessment information.

The 2022 TAC is scheduled to be updated in late February 2022, based on the latest stock assessment. However, the pollock and Pacific cod fisheries are likely to harvest the entire A season apportionments before the updated harvest specifications are effective. NMFS must therefore increase the pollock TAC and decrease the Pacific cod TAC, as well as associated seasonal apportionments, prior to the updated harvest specifications. The Steller sea lion protection measures at 50 CFR 679.20 require the seasonal apportionment of the annual TAC to reduce the potential for competition for prey species between Steller sea lions and the pollock and Pacific cod fisheries. The seasonal apportionment is necessary to prevent the likelihood of the groundfish fisheries causing jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification of critical habitat for Steller sea lions. 

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 January 03, 2022