Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Fishing for Alaska Pollock in Gulf of Alaska Statistical Area 630 Halted Through May 31

 National Marine Fisheries Service has called for the temporary closure of directed fishing for Alaska Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska through May 31 to avoid exceeding the “A” season allowance of the 2021 total allowable catch for that area.

NMFS published the order in the Federal Register this week, noting that the “A” season allowance for Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf is 6,297 metric tons, as established by the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA.

Federal fisheries officials determined that the “A” season allowance of that TAC of Pollock would soon be reached and is setting aside the remaining 200 metric tons as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries.

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