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IB 99-7: NMFS Announces Closing Specified Fisheries for Catcher/Processors Listed Under the AFA in the BSAI

January 20, 1999 - 3:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is closing directed fishing for specified species by catcher/processors identified in Section 208(e)(1)- (20) of the American Fisheries Act (listed catcher/processors) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, January 22, 1999, according to Steven Pennoyer, Administrator, Alaska Region.

NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing by the listed catcher/processors for:

SablefishBering Sea subarea
Greenland turbotBering Sea subarea
Pacific ocean perchBering Sea subarea
"Other rockfish"Bering Sea subarea
Other red rockfishBering Sea subarea
Pacific ocean perchEastern, Central, & Western
Districts of the Aleutian Islands
SablefishAleutian Islands subarea
Greenland turbotAleutian Islands subarea
Sharpchin/northern rockfishAleutian Islands subarea
Shortraker/rougheye rockfishAleutian Islands subarea
"Other rockfish"Aleutian Islands subarea

These actions are necessary to prevent exceeding the amount of the 1999 interim harvest limitation of groundfish other than pollock, established under section 211(b)(2)(A) or (C) of the American Fisheries Act for listed catcher/processors.

After the effective date of this closure, the maximum retainable bycatch amounts at 50 CFR 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. Other closures remain in full force and effect.

This information bulletin provides notice that a regulatory change has occurred. Do not rely upon it to guide you in complying with the regulatory change.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on December 30, 2019