Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
NOAA Fisheries issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 13 to the fishery management plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. This amendment adjusts the management of the pollock resource by combining the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska for managing the pollock fisheries and increasing the optimum yield of pollock for the combined area from 200,000 metric tons (mt) to 400,000 mt. This action is intended to allow both the harvest of the increased surplus production of the pollock resource and the distribution of fishing effort according to pollock availability. It makes permanent regulations implemented by an emergency Interim rule that became effective March 20, 1983.