NMFS Adjusts the 2011 Atka Mackerel Total Allowable Catch Amounts in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

January 05, 2011 - 11:00 a.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is adjusting the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for Atka mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI), effective through 12 midnight, Alaska local time, December 31, 2011, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

NMFS is increasing the Atka mackerel TAC in the Eastern Aleutian Island District and Bering Sea subarea from 20,900 metric tons (mt) to 40,300 mt. NMFS is decreasing the Atka mackerel TAC from 26,000 mt to 11,280 mt in the Central Aleutian District and from 18,100 mt to 1,500 mt in the Western Aleutian District. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined that the current 2011 Atka mackerel TACs for the BSAI are incorrectly specified.

The current TACs are different from the appropriate TACs derived from the latest stock assessment information. The 2011 TACs are scheduled to be updated in late February 2011, based on the latest stock assessments. The first seasonal apportionments can be harvested quickly, and must reflect the TACs based on the best available scientific information to provide the opportunity to harvest available TACs in a manner consistent with the established Steller sea lion protection measures. NMFS must therefore adjust the TACs and seasonal apportionments thereof prior to the effective date of the updated harvest specifications to allow the A season TACs to be fully harvested. The Steller sea lion protection measures at 50 CFR 679.20 require the seasonal apportionment of the annual TACs to reduce the potential for competition for prey species between Steller sea lions and the Atka mackerel fisheries.

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 in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019