NMFS Prohibits Retention of Octopus in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

August 31, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting retention of octopus in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, September 1, 2011, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary because the 2011 total allowable catch of octopus in the BSAI has been reached and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(2).

NMFS is requiring that octopus caught in this area be treated in the same manner as prohibited species and discarded at sea with a minimum of injury.

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