Amendment 14 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
The measures proposed in the amendment will 1) establish Central Southeast Outside District within existing Southeast Outside District to better manage demersal shelf rockfish which are part of the other rockfish category and which have a harvest limit of 600 mt; 2) implement harvest OYs for pollock, Pacific ocean perch, other rockfish, Atka mackerel & other species: 3) establish requirement for all U.S. catcher/processing vessels that hold their catch for more than 2 wks. to provide weekly catch reports & check in & check out of regulatory areas; 4) give AK Reg. Dir. authority to allow fisheries that do not take halibut to continue to operate in areas where halibut bycatch limits have been reached; 5) incorporate NOAA Fisheries habitat policy into Gulf of AK groundfish FMP which gives the N. Pacific Fishery Management Council authority to protect marine environment; 6) change opening date of pot and hookline sablefish fishery to April 1 in all regulatory areas; allocate sablefish among pot ,hook and line and trawl fishermen and gradually reduce pot fishermen's allocation to zero over several years.