The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating 1,800 metric tons of Pacific cod from the A season apportionment for vessels using jig gear to the annual amount specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area 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|
|A Season Apportionment||1,950||-1,800||150|
|Catcher Vessels < 60 Feet LOA Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear||4,627||+1,800||6,427|
This action is necessary to allow the A season apportionment of the 2013 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A). 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.