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IB 23-66: NMFS Reallocates Pacific Cod from Vessels Using Pot Gear to Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear, Catcher Vessels Using Hook-and-Line Gear, and Vessels Using Jig Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska

December 26, 2023 - 3:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating the projected unused amount of 232 metric tons (mt) of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using pot gear to the annual amount specified for catcher vessels using trawl gear, catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear, and vessels using jig 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:

Vessels Using Pot Gear 1,716 -232 1,484
Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear 1,526 +5 1,531
Catcher Vessels Using Hook-and-Line Gear 291 +225 516
Vessels Using Jig Gear 130 +2 132


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 December 26, 2023