Amendment 14 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NOAA Fisheries issues final rules to implement Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Groundfish, and Amendment 19 to the Fishery Management Plan for Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Fishery. These amendments prohibit the stripping of roe from female pollock and discarding female and male pollock carcasses without further processing and require issuance of regulations limiting this practice to the maximum extent practicable. The Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson Act), as recently amended by the Fishery Conservation Amendments of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-627), prohibits the stripping of pollock of its roe and discarding the flesh of pollock.
These implementing regulations 1) limit to the maximum extent practicable the practice of roe stripping and 2) seasonally allocate the total allowable catch of pollock in commercial fisheries for groundfish in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone adjacent to Alaska. This action is necessary to reduce wastage of the pollock resource, prevent possible adverse effects on the marine ecosystem and reproductive potential of pollock, and provide for an equitable distribution of the pollock resource among its users. The intended effect of this action is to promote the conservation and management objectives of the FMPs