Notice of Bycatch Rate Standards for the First Half of 2003 for the Vessel Incentive Program

December 18, 2002 - 10:15 a.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

Halibut and red king crab bycatch rate standards for the Alaska groundfish trawl fisheries included under the vessel incentive program are established for the first half of 2003, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region.

These standards are specified for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) trawl fisheries during the first half of 2003 as follows:

Fishery2003 Bycatch Rate Standard
 Halibut bycatch rate standards(kilograms of halibut/metric ton of groundfish catch)
 BSAI Midwater pollock
QT 11.0
QT 21.0
 BSAI Bottom pollock
QT 15.0
QT 25.0
 BSAI Yellowfin sole
QT 15.0
QT 25.0
 BSAI Other trawl
QT 130.0
QT 230.0
 GOA Midwater pollock
QT 11.0
QT 21.0
 GOA Other trawl
QT 140.0
QT 240.0
 Zone 1 red king crab bycatch rate standards (number of crab/metric ton of groundfish)
 BSAI yellowfin sole
QT 12.5
QT 22.5
 BSAI Other trawl
QT 12.5
QT 22.5

A vessel's observed bycatch rate for a fishing month that is above the applicable bycatch rate standard constitutes a violation of the regulations implementing the vessel incentive program. The 2003 fishing months are specified as the following periods for purposes of calculating vessel bycatch rates:

Month 1: January 1 through February 1;
Month 2: February 2 through March 1;
Month 3: March 2 through March 29;
Month 4: March 30 through May 3;
Month 5: May 4 through May 31;
Month 6: June 1 through June 28;
Month 7: June 29 through August 2;
Month 8: August 3 through August 30;
Month 9: August 31 through September 27;
Month 10: September 28 through November 1;
Month 11: November 2 through November 29; and
Month 12: November 30 through December 31.

Comments on the bycatch rate standards implemented for the first and second quarters of 2003 will be accepted through January 2, 2003. 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