NMFS Prohibits Directed Fishing for Shallow Water Species by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the GOA

June 26, 2001 - 2:30 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 by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

The species and species groups that comprise the shallow-water species fishery are: pollock, Pacific cod, shallow-water flatfish, flathead sole, Atka mackerel, and "other species." This closure does not apply to fishing for pollock by vessels using pelagic trawl gear in those portions of the GOA open to directed fishing for pollock.

This closure is effective from 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), June 27, 2001, until 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 1, 2001.

This action is necessary because the third seasonal apportionment of the 2001 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl shallow-water species fishery in the GOA has been removed until subsequent interim rulemaking is implemented by mid July 2001 to establish new fishing seasons for the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear and other Steller sea lion protection measures for the second half of 2001.

After the effective date of this closure, the maximum retainable bycatch 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 of the regulation in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019