The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for “other flatfish” in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, November 16, 2011, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2011 total allowable catch of “other flatfish” in the BSAI and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(1)(iii).
‘‘Other flatfish’’ includes all flatfish species, except for halibut (a prohibited species), Alaska plaice, arrowtooth flounder, flathead sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatka flounder, rock sole, and yellowfin sole.
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.