SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in
Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is
necessary to prevent exceeding the 2013 total allowable catch of
pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA.
DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 8, 2013,
through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., .
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907-586-7228.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the
GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North
Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing
fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H
of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679.
The 2013 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock in Statistical Area
630 of the GOA is 27,372 metric tons (mt) as established by the final
2013 and 2014 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (78 FR
13162, February 26, 2013).
In accordance with Sec. 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Regional
Administrator has determined that the 2013 TAC of pollock in
Statistical Area 630 of the GOA will soon be reached. Therefore, the
Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of
26,872 mt and is setting aside the remaining 500 mt as bycatch to
support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with
Sec. 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this
directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is
prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the