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

November 07, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

Sustainable Fisheries

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod total allowable catch from jig vessels, trawl catcher vessels, and American Fisheries Act (AFA) catcher/processors to catcher vessels less than 60 feet length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.


The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:




Jig Vessels                                              249                        -  100                         149


Catcher Vessels                                 40,227                   -    2,200                    38,027

Using Trawl Gear


AFA Catcher/Processors                     4,186                      -    158                     4,028


Catcher Vessels                                   6,290                     + 2,458                      8,748

Less than 60 Feet LOA Using

Hook-and-line or Pot Gear


This action is necessary to allow the 2018 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