The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is closing specified fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI), effective 0001 hours, Alaska local time, January 1, 2000. These closures will remain effective until superseded by the Final 2000 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish, according to Steven Pennoyer, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for:
|Pollock||Bering Sea subarea|
|Pacific ocean perch||Bering Sea subarea|
|"Other rockfish"||Bering Sea subarea|
|"Other red rockfish"||Bering Sea subarea|
|Pollock||Aleutian Islands subarea|
|Sharpchin/northern rockfish||Aleutian Islands subarea|
|Shortraker/rougheye rockfish||Aleutian Islands subarea|
|"Other rockfish"||Aleutian Islands subarea|
|Rockfish by vessels using trawl gear||BSAI|
|Greenland turbot/arrowtooth flounder/sablefish|
by vessels using trawl gear
These actions are necessary to prevent exceeding the 2000 interim total allowable catch of groundfish and halibut bycatch allowances specified for certain trawl fisheries.
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.