NMFS Decreases the 2012 Pollock Total Allowable Catch Amount in the Bering Sea Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

January 01, 2012 - 12:01 a.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is decreasing the 2012 total allowable catch (TAC) amount for pollock in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area, effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, December 31, 2011, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

NMFS is decreasing the pollock TAC in the Bering Sea subarea from 1,253,658 metric tons (mt) to 1,200,000 mt. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined that the current 2012 pollock TAC for the Bering Sea subarea is incorrectly specified.

This current TAC is higher than the appropriate TAC derived from the latest stock assessment information. The 2012 TACs are scheduled to be updated in late February 2012, based on the latest stock assessments. The first seasonal apportionment can be harvested quickly, and must reflect the TAC based on the best available scientific information to provide the opportunity to harvest available TAC in a manner consistent with the established Steller sea lion protection measures. NMFS must therefore decrease the TAC and seasonal apportionments thereof prior to the effective date of the updated harvest specifications to prevent exceeding the A season TAC. The Steller sea lion protection measures at 50 CFR 679.20 require the seasonal apportionment of the annual TAC to reduce the potential for competition for prey species between Steller sea lions and the pollock fishery.

This information bulletin only provides notice of a fishery management action. For the purposes of complying with any requirements of this action, you are advised to see the actual text of the action in the Federal Register.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019