NMFS Closing Atka Mackerel in the Central Aleutian Islands and Opening Trawling in Critical Habitat

April 02, 1999 - 3:15 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area, and is opening fishing with trawl gear in Steller sea lion critical habitat in the Central Aleutian District for species open to directed fishing.

These actions are effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, April 5, 1999, according to Steven Pennoyer, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the the first seasonal allowance of Atka mackerel total allowable catch (TAC) specified for the Central Aleutian District and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(1)(iii) and 50 CFR 679.22(a)(8)(iii)(C).

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 that a regulatory change has occurred. Do not rely upon it to guide you in complying with the regulatory change.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019