The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating 3,000 metric tons (mt) of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear and 1,300 mt of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear to vessels using pot gear and hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area according to Robert D. Mecum, Acting Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:
|PACIFIC COD||CURRENT SHARE||THESE ACTIONS||REVISED SHARE|
|Hook-and-line Gear Catcher Processor||64,030||+4,075||68,105|
|Pot Gear Catcher Processor||2,641||+27||2,668|
|Pot Gear Catcher Vessel||12,006||+123||12,129|
|Trawl Gear Catcher Vessel||37,110||-3,000||34,110|
|Catcher Vessels < 60 Feet LOA Using Hook-and-line or Pot Gear||2,853||+75||2,928|
This action is necessary to allow the 2007 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(7)(ii). This action does not imply any change in the status of the fisheries.
This information bulletin only provides notice of a regulatory change. For the purposes of complying with the regulatory change, you are advised to see the actual text of the regulation in the Code of Federal Regulations.