The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for northern rockfish, Pacific ocean perch, and pelagic shelf rockfish for vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, September 1, 2011, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2011 total allowable catch of northern rockfish, Pacific ocean perch, and pelagic shelf rockfish allocated to vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR § 679.83(a)(3).
After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at 50 CFR § 679.20(e) and (f) and § 679.81(h)(5) apply at any time during a trip.
This information bulletin only provides notice of a regulatory change. For the purposes of complying with the regulatory change, you are advised to see the actual text in the Code of Federal Regulations.