The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting retention of “other rockfish” in the Western Regulatory Area (between 159 degrees and 170 degrees W. longitudes) of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, July 2, 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 Western Regulatory Area of the GOA will be achieved and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(2).
“Other rockfish” in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA means slope and demersal shelf rockfish.
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 fishery management action. For the purposes of complying with any requirements of this action, you are advised to see the actual text of the action in the Federal Register.