NMFS Reapportions the 2018 First and Second Season Pacific Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Limits for the Trawl Deep-water and Shallow-water Species Fishery Categories in the Gulf of Alaska

July 18, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reapportioning the first and second seasonal apportionments of the 2018 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits for the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories in the Gulf of Alaska, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary to account for the actual halibut PSC use by the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories from May 15 through June 30, 2018. NMFS managed the trawl deep-water and shallow-water fishery categories during the second season (April 1 – July 1) based on the combined first and second season halibut PSC limits (810 metric tons (mt)) for both categories. 

The combined halibut PSC in the deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 was 533 mt of the available 810 mt. NMFS is reapportioning the first and second seasonal apportionments as 509 mt to the deep-water species fishery category and 24 mt to the shallow-water species fishery category.

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Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019