The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for species listed in Table 17 of the 2006 and 2007 harvest specification for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 3, 2006, though 12 midnight, A.l.t., December 31, 2007, according to Robert D. Mecum, Acting Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the total allowable catch amounts for species listed in Table 17 and is pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(1)(iii).
Table 17 - Directed Fishing Closures in the GOA 2006 and 2007
|Atka Mackerel||entire GOA||all|
|Thornyhead Rockfish||entire GOA||all|
|Shortraker Rockfish||entire GOA||all|
|Rougheye Rockfish||entire GOA||all|
|Other Rockfish||entire GOA||all|
|Big Skates||entire GOA||all|
|Longnose Skates||entire GOA||all|
|Other Skates||entire GOA||all|
After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at 50 CFR 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.
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.