Federal regulators have posted notice of a control date for the Central Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries.
The control date of Dec. 31, 2012, is a cutoff date as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council works toward establishing a catch share program.
The council wants to discourage "speculative entry" into the fisheries.
That means, hey, if you're thinking of jumping into the Central Gulf trawl sector and fishing real hard to build up catch history in hopes of landing bigger shares, don't bother. History built after Dec. 31 might not count.