The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for sablefish by vessel using trawl gear, except for the Community Development Quota program (CDQ), in the Bering Sea subarea and the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, January 20, 2019, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2019 non-CDQ sablefish initial total allowable catch allocations to vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea subarea and the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(2)(iii).
While this closure remains in effect 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.