Halibut and red king crab bycatch rate standards for the Alaska groundfish trawl fisheries included under the vessel incentive program are established for the second half of 2002, 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 second half of 2002 (July 1 - December 31) as follows:
|Fishery||Bycatch rate standards for the Second half of 2002|
|Halibut bycatch rate standards (kilograms of halibut/metric ton of groundfish catch)|
|BSAI Midwater pollock||1.0|
|BSAI Bottom pollock||5.0|
|BSAI Yellowfin sole||5.0|
|BSAI Other trawl||30.0|
|GOA Midwater pollock||1.0|
|GOA Other trawl||40.0|
|Zone 1 red king crab bycatch rate standards (number of crab/metric ton of groundfish)|
|BSAI yellowfin sole||2.5|
|BSAI Other trawl||2.5|
Comments on these bycatch rate standards will be accepted through June 27, 2002. 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.