The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is adjusting the 2001 seasonal apportionments of Pacific halibut bycatch limits specified for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) trawl and hook-and-line fisheries. This action is effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, March 23, 2001, according to James W. Balsiger Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary to respond to the seasonal allocation of GOA Pacific cod total allowable catch implemented as part of the emergency interim rule establishing 2001 Steller sea lion protection measures. These modifications to the 2001 harvest specifications were recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council during its emergency January 12, 2001, meeting for trawl gear and February 7, 2001, meeting for hook-and-line gear.
NMFS is amending Tables 24 and 25 of the Emergency Interim Rule for Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures for the Groundfish Fisheries Off Alaska; Final 2001 Harvest Specifications and Associated Management Measures for the Groundfish Fisheries Off Alaska to read as follows:
Table 24 - Final 2001 Pacific halibut PSC limits, allowances, and apportionments. The Pacific halibut PSC limit for hook-and-line gear is allocated to the demersal shelf rockfish (DSR) fishery and fisheries other than DSR. The hook-and-line sablefish fishery is exempt from halibut PSC limits. (Values are im mt)
|Jan 1-Apr 1||550 ( 28%)|
|Apr 1-Jun 10||400 ( 20%)|
|Jun 10-Jul 1||150 ( 7%)|
|Jul 1-Oct 1||600 ( 30%)|
|Oct 1-Dec 31||300 ( 15%)|
|Other than DSR||DSR|
|Jan 1-May 17||205 (70%)||Jan 1-Dec 31||10 (100%)|
|May 17-Jun 10||any rollover|
|Aug 31-Dec 31||85 (30%)|
Table 25 - Final 2001 apportionment of Pacific halibut PSC trawl limits between the trawl gear deep-water species complex and the shallow-water species complex. (Values are in metric tons)
|Jan. 20-Apr. 1||450||100||550|
|Apr. 1-Jun. 10||100||300||400|
|Jun. 10-Jul. 1||150||0||150|
|Jul. 1-Oct. 1||200||400||600|
|Jan. 20-Sep. 30||900||800||1,700|
|Oct. 1-Dec. 31||---||---||300|
No apportionment between shallow-water and deep-water fishery complexes during the 4th quarter
This information bulletin only provides notice of a regulatory change. For the purposes of complying with the regulatory change, you are advised to see the actual text of the regulation in the Code of Federal Regulations.