The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear to vessels using jig gear, catcher/processors using trawl gear, and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 50 feet (15.2 meters) length overall using hook-and-line gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (CGOA). NMFS has determined that catcher vessels using trawl gear will not be able to harvest their 2023 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) in the CGOA, according to Jonathan M. Kurland, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:
|Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear
|Vessels Using Jig Gear
|Catcher/Processors Using Trawl Gear
|CVs Greater Than or Equal to 50 ft. LOA Using Hook-and-Line Gear
This action is necessary to allow the 2023 total allowable catch of Pacific cod in the CGOA 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.