The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock by vessels using trawl gear in the Winter Herring Savings Area of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, October 1, 2012, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2012 herring bycatch allowance specified for the midwater trawl pollock fishery in the BSAI and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.21(e)(7)(vi). The Winter Herring Savings Area of the BSAI is that part of the Bering Sea subarea that is between 58? N latitude and 60? N latitude and between 172? W longitude and 175? W longitude. 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 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.
NMFS Prohibits Directed Fishing for Pollock by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Winter Herring Savings Area of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
Notice of a fishery management action.