NMFS Closes the Directed Fishing for Rock Sole/Flathead Sole/ by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bycatch Limitation Zone 1 of the BSAI

February 20, 2002 - 3:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is closing directed fishing for rock sole/flathead sole/"other flatfish" by vessels using trawl gear in Bycatch Limitation Zone 1 of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, February 22, 2002, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2002 bycatch allowance of red king crab specified for the trawl rock sole/flathead sole/"other flatfish" fishery category in Zone 1 and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.21(e)(7)(ii).

Zone 1 means that part of the Bering Sea Subarea that is south of 58 degrees N. latitude and east of 165 degrees W. longitude.

Maximum retainable bycatch amounts may be found in the regulations at 50 CFR 679.20(e) and (f).

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