The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting retention of rougheye rockfish in the Bering Sea subarea and the Eastern Aleutian Island District (BS/EAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, July 15, 2013, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary because the 2013 total allowable catch of rougheye rockfish in the BS/EAI of the BSAI will soon be reached and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(2).
NMFS is requiring that rougheye rockfish caught in this area be treated in the same manner as prohibited species and be 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.