Jig gear for P-cod prohibited in CGOA

Federal fisheries officials are prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using jig gear in the central regulatory area of the Gulf of Alaska through June 10 to prevent exceeding the “A” season allowance of the 2018 Pacific cod total allowable catch by jig gear in that area.

The temporary closure by the National Marine Fisheries Service was announced in the Federal Register this past week.

The “A” season allowance of the 2018 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to vessels using jig gear in the central regulatory area of the Gulf of Alaska is 37 metric tons, as established by the final 2017 and 2018 harvest specifications for groundfish in the Gulf.

Biologists with the Alaska Region of NMFS determined that the “A” season allowance of the 2018 Pacific cod TAC apportioned to vessels using jig gear in the central gulf is necessary to account for the incidental catch in other anticipated fisheries. Given that, NMFS determined that the directed fishing allowance had been reached and set aside the remaining 37 metric tons as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries.