Amendment 17 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NOAA Fisheries proposes regulations to implement Amendment 22 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and Amendment 17 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area. These proposed regulations would implement the following amendment measures: 1) A new management subarea in the BSAI would be established; 2) area closures would be established around walrus haulouts in the BSAI; 3) Statistical Area 68 in the GOA would be removed; and 4) the Regional Director, Alaska Region, NOAA Fisheries, would be authorized to issue experimental fishing permits in the GOA and/or BSAI. In addition, certain amendments to existing implementing regulations are proposed. These actions are necessary to promote management and conservation of groundfish and other living marine resources. They are intended to further the goals and objectives contained in both FMPs that govern these fisheries.