Amendment 103 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
NOAA Fisheries issues this final rule to implement Amendment 103 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. Amendment 103 and this final rule allow NOAA Fisheries to reapportion unused Chinook salmon prohibited species catch within and among specific trawl sectors in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska, based on specific criteria and within specified limits.
Amendment 103 and this final rule do not increase the current combined annual PSC limit of 32,500 Chinook salmon that applies to Central and Western GOA trawl sectors under the FMP. Amendment 103 and this final rule promote more flexible management of GOA trawl Chinook salmon PSC, increase the likelihood that groundfish resources are more fully harvested, reduce the potential for fishery closures, and maintain the overall Chinook salmon PSC limits in the Central and Western GOA. Amendment 103 and this final rule are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.