The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Western Regulatory Area (Statistical Area 610, between 159 degrees and 170 degrees W. longitude) of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, September 22, 2023, according to Jonathan M. Kurland, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2023 total allowable catch of Pacific ocean perch in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(1)(iii).
While this closure is in effect 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 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.