NMFS Closes Pollock in 620 Outside the Shelikof Strait

January 26, 2000 - 1:30 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 outside the Shelikof Strait conservation area in the Gulf of Alaska, effective 12 noon, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 27, 2000, until 1200 noon, A.l.t., March 15, 2000, according to Steven Pennoyer, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2000 interim specification of total allowable catch established by the 2000 Interim Specifications, amended by the emergency interim rule implementing Steller sea lion protection measures for the pollock fisheries off Alaska and an inseason adjustment. This action is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(1)(iii).

The Shelikof Strait conservation area is defined as the area bound by straight lines and shoreline connecting the following coordinates in the following order:
58 51' N lat. 153 15' W long.;
58 51' N lat. 152 00' W long.;
and, the intersection of 152 00' W long. with Afognak Island; aligned counterclockwise around the shoreline of Afognak, Kodiak, and Raspberry Islands to 57 00' N lat. 154 00' W long.;
56 30' N lat. 154 00' W long.;
56 30' N lat. 155 00' W long.;
56 00' N lat. 155 00' W long.;
56 00' N lat. 157 00' W long.;
and, the intersection of 157 00' W long. with the Alaska Peninsula.

After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable bycatch amounts at 50 CFR 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

This information bulletin provides notice of a regulatory change. Do not rely upon it to guide you in complying with the regulatory change.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019