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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 675

[Docket No. 931100-4043; I.D. 100594A]

 

Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Prohibition of retention.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting retention of Greenland turbot in the 
Aleutian Islands subarea (AI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
management area (BSAI). NMFS is requiring that catches of Greenland 
turbot in the AI be treated in the same manner as prohibited species 
and discarded at sea with a minimum of injury. This action is necessary 
because the Greenland turbot total allowable catch (TAC) in the AI has 
been reached.

EFFECTIVE DATE: 12 noon, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 5, 1994, 
until 12 midnight, A.l.t., December 31, 1994.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael L. Sloan, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive 
economic zone is managed by the Secretary of Commerce according to the 
Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI Area 
(FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under 
authority of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act. 
Fishing by U.S. vessels is governed by regulations implementing the FMP 
at 50 CFR parts 620 and 675.
    In accordance with Sec. 675.20(a)(7)(ii), the Greenland turbot TAC 
for the AI was established by the final 1994 initial specifications of 
groundfish (59 FR 7656, February 16, 1994) and subsequent apportionment 
of reserve (59 FR 21673, April 26, 1994) as 2,333 metric tons.
    The Director, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined in accordance 
with Sec. 675.20(a)(9), that the Greenland turbot TAC in the AI subarea 
has been reached. Therefore, NMFS is requiring that further catches of 
Greenland turbot in the AI be treated as prohibited species in 
accordance with Sec. 675.20(c)(3), effective from 12 noon, A.l.t., 
October 5, 1994, until 12 midnight, A.l.t., December 31, 1994.

Classification

    This action is taken under 50 CFR 675.20 and is exempt from review 
under E.O. 12866.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: October 5, 1994.
Richard H. Schaefer,
Director, Office of Fisheries Conservation and Management, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 94-25054 Filed 10-5-94; 1:45 pm]
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