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IB 23-58: NMFS Reallocates Pacific Cod from Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear and Vessels Using Pot Gear to Catcher Vessels Using Hook-and-Line Gear and Catcher/Processors using Hook-and-Line Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska

November 03, 2023 - 10:00 a.m.

Notice of fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating the projected unused amounts of 430 metric tons (mt) of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear and 220 mt of Pacific cod from vessels using pot gear to the annual amount specified for catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear and catcher/processors using hook-and-line gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (WGOA), according to Jonathan M. Kurland, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:



Catcher Vessels Using                             1,956                       -430                           1,526

Trawl Gear                                         


Vessels Using Pot Gear                           1,936                       -220                           1,716


Catcher Vessels Using                                 71                      + 220                              291

Hook-and-Line Gear


Catcher/Processors Using                       1,009                      + 430                           1,439

Hook-and-Line Gear                        



This action is necessary to allow the 2023 total allowable catch of Pacific cod in the WGOA to be harvested and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(12)(ii)(B). 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 November 03, 2023