Alaska Rockfish Program - Federal Register Rules and Notices
Two public workshops on the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program (Rockfish Program) for potentially eligible participants and other interested parties. At each workshop, NOAA Fisheries will provide an overview of the proposed Rockfish Program, discuss the key differences between the Rockfish Program and the Rockfish Pilot Program, provide information on the proposed rule comment process, and answer questions. NOAA Fisheries is conducting these public workshops to assist fishery participants in understanding and reviewing the proposed rule that would implement this new Rockfish Program.
Rockfish Pilot Program Replaced:
Amendment 88 (77 FR 28013, 06/26/2012) to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska implemented the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program to allocate exclusive harvest privileges to a specific group of license limitation program license holders who used trawl gear to target Pacific ocean perch, pelagic shelf rockfish, and northern rockfish during particular qualifying years. The Rockfish Program retains the conservation, management, safety, and economic gains realized under the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Pilot Program and resolves identified issues in the management and viability of the rockfish fisheries.