NMFS Prohibits Directed Fishing for Deep-Water Species and Shallow-Water Species by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska

May 19, 2016 - 2:45 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

Sustainable Fisheries
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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery and the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), May 20, 2016, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., July 1, 2016, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

The species and species groups that comprise the deep-water species fishery include sablefish, rockfish, deep-water flatfish, rex sole, and arrowtooth flounder. The species and species groups that comprise the shallow-water species fishery are pollock, Pacific cod, shallow-water flatfish, flathead sole, Atka mackerel, skates, squids, sharks, octopuses, and sculpins. This closure does not apply to fishing by vessels participating in the cooperative fishery in the Rockfish Program for the Central GOA.

This action is necessary because the combined, second seasonal apportionment of the 2016 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the deep-water species and shallow-water species fisheries in the GOA has been reached and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.21(d)(7)(i).

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

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