NMFS Revises the 2010 Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts in the Gulf of Alaska

January 04, 2010 - 9:30 a.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is revising the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for pollock and Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, December 31, 2009, according to Robert D. Mecum, Acting Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

NMFS is increasing the pollock TAC from 74,330 metric tons (mt) to 84,745 mt and decreasing the Pacific cod TAC from 60,102 mt to 59,563 mt in the GOA.

This action is necessary because NMFS has determined that the current 2010 pollock and Pacific cod TACs for the GOA are incorrectly specified. The TACs currently specified for 2010 are different than the associated TACs derived from the latest stock assessment information. The 2010 TACs are scheduled to be updated in late February 2010, based on the latest stock assessments. However, the pollock and Pacific cod fisheries are likely to harvest the entire A season apportionments before the updated harvest specifications are effective. NMFS must therefore increase the pollock TAC and decrease the Pacific cod TAC, as well as associated seasonal apportionments for both species, prior to the updated harvest specifications. The Steller sea lion protection measures at 50 CFR 679.20 require the seasonal apportionment of the annual TAC to reduce the potential for competition for prey species between Steller sea lions and the pollock and Pacific cod fisheries. The seasonal apportionment is necessary to prevent the likelihood of the groundfish fisheries causing jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification of critical habitat for Steller sea lions.

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 in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019