The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for groundfish by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 22, 2016, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2016, according to James Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This closure does not apply to fishing for pollock by vessels using pelagic trawl gear in those portions of the GOA open to directed fishing for pollock. This closure also does not apply to vessels fishing under a cooperative quota permit in the Rockfish Program in the Central GOA.
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2016 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limit for vessels using trawl gear in the GOA. This action is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.21(d)(6)(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.