Large catcher vessels’ cod catch restricted in Central GOA

Federal fisheries officials have issued a temporary closure through Dec. 31 on retention of Pacific cod by catcher vessels 50 feet or grater in overall length using hook and line gear in the Central Gulf of Alaska. 

The National Marine Fisheries Service said in an announcement on Sept. 1 that harvesters in those larger catcher vessels have reached their 2023 total allowable catch of 738 metric tons, as established by the final 2023 and 2024 harvest specifications for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska.