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IB 23-67: NMFS Reallocates Pacific Cod from Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear to Multiple Gear Sectors in the Central 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 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 4,579 -395 4,184
Vessels Using Jig Gear 111 +135 246
Catcher/Processors Using Trawl Gear 462 +135 597
CVs Greater Than or Equal to 50 ft. LOA Using Hook-and-Line Gear 738 +125 863


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.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on December 26, 2023