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 Cod||Current Share||This Action||Revised Share|
|Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear||46,638||-1,500||45,138|
|Catcher Vessels Greater than or Equal to 60 Feet Using Pot Gear||17,598||-3,000||14,598|
|Catcher Processors Using Hook-and-Line Gear||109,533||+2,250||111,783|
|Catcher Processors using Pot Gear||4,357||+2,250||6,607|
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..
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