National Marine Fisheries Service

11/21/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/21/2020 00:42

IB 20-86: NMFS Prohibits Directed Fishing for Atka Mackerel by Vessels Participating in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Trawl Limited Access Sector Fishery in the Bering[...]

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Bering Sea subarea and Eastern Aleutian district of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery, effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, November 23, 2020, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2020 total allowable catch of Atka mackerel in the Bering Sea subarea and Eastern Aleutian district of the BSAI allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.20(d)(1)(iii).

While this closure is effective, the maximum retainable amounts at 50 CFR 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

This information bulletin only provides notice of a fishery management action. For the purposes of complying with any requirements of this action, you are advised to see the actual text of the action in the Federal Register.