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IB 24-03: NMFS Reallocates Pacific Cod from Vessels Using Jig Gear to Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet Length Overall Using Hook-And-Line or Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

January 17, 2024 - 3:30 p.m,

Notice of a fishery management action

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating the projected unused amount of 1,100 metric tons (mt) of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear to the annual amount specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) according to Jonathan M. Kurland, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:

Jig Gear:      
A Season Apportionment 1,169 -1,100 69
Annual Amount 1,948 -1,100 848
Catcher Vessels <60 Feet LOA Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear1 2,767 +1,100 3,867

1This sector receives an annual amount of Pacific cod that is not apportioned by season.

This action is necessary to allow the A season apportionment of the 2024 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(7)(iv)(C). 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 January 17, 2024