NMFS Prohibits Directed Fishing for Shallow-water Species for Catcher Processors Subject to Sideboard Limits in the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program in the Gulf of Alaska

May 08, 2009 - 1:30 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery for catcher processors subject to sideboard limits established under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program in the GOA at 12 noon, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 1, 2009, through 12 noon, A.l.t., July 31, 2009, according to Robert D. Mecum, Acting Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

The species and species groups that comprise the shallow-water species fishery for the sideboard limit are shallow-water flatfish and flathead sole.

This action is necessary because the 2009 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch sideboard limit specified for the shallow-water species fishery for catcher processors subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program for the GOA is insufficient to support a directed fishery for the shallow-water species fisheries and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.82(d)(9)(ii)(A).

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.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019