The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting retention of ?other rockfish? in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI) effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, October 19, 2012, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary because the 2012 total allowable catch of ?other rockfish? in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI has been reached and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(2).
NMFS is requiring that ?other rockfish? 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.