The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting retention of shortraker rockfish by vessels in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, September 19, 2016, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS. This closure does not apply to vessels participating in the catcher/processor cooperative fishery in the Rockfish Program.
This action is necessary because the 2016 total allowable catch of shortraker rockfish in the Central Regulatory Area by vessels not participating in the catcher/processor cooperative fishery Rockfish Program of the GOA will be reached and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(2).
NMFS is requiring that shortraker rockfish 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.