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Federal Register Highlights – 8/26/15

August 26, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for August 26, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2015 total allowable catch of Pacific cod allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), September 1, 2015, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2015 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested. Effective August 21, 2015 through 2400 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2015.

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