NMFS Announces The Season Opening For The Sablefish Fixed Gear Fisheries March 1, 2003, Managed Under The Individual Fishing Quota Program

February 05, 2003 - 2:30 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the March 1, 2003, season opening of the sablefish fixed gear fisheries managed under the IFQ program. The season will open at 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 1, 2003, and will close 1200 hrs, A.l.t., November 15, 2003. This period is the same as the 2003 IFQ and Community Development Quota season for Pacific halibut announced by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This method of season announcement was selected to facilitate coordination between the sablefish season, chosen by the Administrator, Alaska Region, and the halibut season, chosen by the IPHC. This action is taken pursuant to 50 CFR 679.23(g)(1).

This information bulletin provides notice that a season opening has occurred. 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.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019