NMFS Prohibits Retention of Pacific Cod by Vessels Catching Pacific Cod for Processing by the Inshore Component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska

November 04, 2009 - 4:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting retention of Pacific cod by any vessel catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component in the Central Regulatory Area (Statistical Areas 620 and 630, between 147 degrees and 159 degrees W. longitudes) of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, November 5, 2009, according to Robert D. Mecum, Acting Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary because the amount of the 2009 total allowable catch of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component in this area has been reached and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(2). This inseason action does not apply to vessels fishing under a cooperative quota permit in the cooperative fishery in the Rockfish Program for the Central GOA.

NMFS is requiring that Pacific cod 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