Alaska Groundfish Harvest Specifications Changes 2018-19
NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region manages the Federal groundfish fisheries and prohibited species catch (PSC) limits off Alaska through regulations at 50 CFR 679. These regulations allow for changes during the fishing year to the total allowable catch (TAC), PSC limits, and further allocations of the TAC and PSC limits. NMFS implements these changes through publications in the Federal Register. The changes include inseason adjustments, reallocations of sector amounts, reallocations from the non-specified reserves, BSAI flatfish flexibility exchanges, and other necessary changes as recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and approval by the Secretary of Commerce.