NMFS Reminds Fishing Vessel Owners and Operators

April 13, 2007 - 12:30 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reminds owners and operators of federal requirements for groundfish federal fishing permits under 50 CFR Part 679.4(b). If your vessel is used to fish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Alaska or the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area and is required to retain any groundfish caught in the EEZ, your vessel must have a federal fishing permit. If your vessel catches and retains any groundfish in the EEZ, you are fishing for groundfish and also must obtain a federal fisheries permit.

For purposes of this regulation, groundfish means Atka mackerel, flatfish except for Pacific halibut, octopus, Pacific cod, pollock, rockfish, sablefish, sculpins, sharks, skates, or squid (See Table 2a to CFR part 679).

This information bulletin only provides a reminder of an existing regulatory provision. For the purposes of complying with federal regulations, you are advised to see the actual text in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019