Amendment 10 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NOAA Fisheries issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 10 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area. The amendment would:
- Close an area of the executive economic zone in the Bering Sea to all commercial fishing trawl gear, set limits on incidental catches of Tanner and red king crabs and Pacific halibut in Bering Sea foreign and domestic fisheries for yellowfin sole and other flatfish, and require that these fisheries cease when the incidental catch limits are reached
- revise weekly reporting requirements for catcher/processor and mothership vessels to require that they report weekly regardless of when their catch is landed
- provide authority for the Secretary of Commerce to make certain in-season changes to gear regulations, seasons, and harvest quotas
- provide the Secretary with in-season authority to reapportion surplus amounts of groundfish within the domestic allowable harvest category
These measures are intended to respond to biological, socioeconomic, and administrative problems that have been identified by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.