NMFS Announces Prohibition on Directed Fishing for Groundfish in Certain Areas of Alaska

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it is prohibiting directed fishing for groundfish by vessels using nonpelagic trawl gear in the Red King Crab Savings Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area because the State of Alaska did not establish a guideline harvest level fishery for red king crab in the Bristol Bay area for the current fishing year. The prohibition is effective January 20, 2023, through December 31, 2023.