Chatham Quota Adjusted

2008 NSEI (Chatham Strait) SABLEFISH QUOTA ADJUSTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Sitka… The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the 2008 Equal Quota Share (EQS) for the Northern Southeast Inside (NSEI) sablefish fishery has been adjusted due to a Supreme Court decision last week that decreased the eligible permit holders by one from 97 to 96, six less permits than in 2007. For this reason the individual quota share (EQS) will be 15,710 round pounds (8.7% above last year’s EQS of 14,450 round pounds). The sablefish annual harvest objective (AHO) for the NSEI sablefish fishery is 1,508,000 round pounds. The fishery opens by regulation at 8:00 am on August 15,2008 and will close at 12:00 noon on November 15, 2008.

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