The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reallocating the projected unused amount (4,000 metric tons) of Bering Sea subarea pollock from the incidental catch account to the directed fisheries according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
The following table summarizes the reallocation in metric tons:
|Bering Sea Pollock Fishery||Current Allowance||This Action||Revised Amount|
8.5% for catcher vessels
|Incidental Catch Account||40,490||-4,000||36,490|
The offshore component, catcher/processor apportionment includes a one half percent limit for catcher processors not listed under the American Fisheries Act. That limit is increased by 8 mt from 2,604 mt to 2,612 mt by this action.
This action is taken pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(1) and the American Fisheries Act (Public Law 105-277, Division C, Title II). 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.