Feds Close Flatfish, Rockfish, Sablefish Trawling in Gulf of Alaska 2 Weeks Earlier Than Last Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton April 20, 2017
NMFS has closed the deepwater trawl fisheries in the Gulf directed at rockfish, sablefish, flatfish and arrowtooth flounder effective April 13th.
The fishery has come up against its halibut bycatch limit of 256 metric tons.
This is a temporary closure, and the fishery will reopen May 15th, with their third-period allocation.
The fishery will close at the latest on July 1st, under the management plan.
The closure this year is two weeks earlier than last year's closure..Full Story »