NMFS Reallocates Pacific Cod Among Multiple Sectors in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

November 10, 2016 - 3:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

Sustainable Fisheries

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating the projected unused amount (4,500 metric tons) of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using pot gear to catcher processors (C/Ps) using hook-and-line gear and C/Ps using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:


Pacific CodCurrent ShareThis ActionRevised Share
Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear46,638-1,50045,138
Catcher Vessels Greater than or Equal to 60 Feet Using Pot Gear17,598-3,00014,598
Catcher Processors Using Hook-and-Line Gear109,533+2,250111,783
Catcher Processors using Pot Gear4,357+2,2506,607

This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) and 50 CFR 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B). This action does not imply any change in the status of the fisheries..

This information bulletin only provides notice of a fishery management action. For the purposes of complying with the requirements of this action, you are advised to see the actual text of the action in the Federal Register..

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019