NMFS Reallocates Pacific Cod from Vessels Using Hook-and-line Gear to Vessels Using Pot Gear and Vessels Using Jig Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska

March 18, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

Sustainable Fisheries
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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from the A season apportionments for catcher vessels less than 50 ft. length overall (LOA) using hook-and line gear and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 50 ft. LOA using hook-and-line gear (1,000 metric tons (mt) and 700 mt, respectively) to vessels using pot gear and vessels using jig gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:

Pacific Cod Sector Current Share This Action Revised Share
Catcher Vessels <50 feet LOA Using Hook-and-line Gear      
A season apportionment: 3,411 - 1,000 2,411
Annual apportionment: 5,347 - 1,000 4,347
       

Catcher Vessels > or = to 50 feet LOA Using Hook-and-line Gear

     
A season apportionment: 2,054 - 700 1,354
Annual apportionment: 2,456 - 700 1,756
       
Vessels Using Pot Gear      
A season apportionment: 6,528 + 1,500 8,028
Annual apportionment: 10,180 + 1,500 11,680
       
Vessels Using Jig Gear      
A season apportionment: 222 + 200 422
Annual apportionment: 370 + 200 570

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This action is necessary to allow the A season apportionment of the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(12)(ii)(D). 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