NMFS Prohibits Retention of Sablefish by Trawl Gear in the Central GOA

July 21, 2000 - 4:30 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting retention of sablefish by vessels using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area (Statistical Areas 620 and 630, between 147 degrees and 159 degrees W. longitudes) of the Gulf of Alaska, effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, July 24, 2000, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary because the allocation of the sablefish TAC assigned to trawl gear in this area has been reached and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(2).

NMFS is requiring that catches of sablefish by vessels using trawl gear in this subarea be treated in the same manner as prohibited species and discarded at sea with a minimum of injury.

This information bulletin provides notice that a regulatory change has occurred. Do not rely upon it to guide you in complying with the regulatory change.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019