Amendment 26 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
NOAA Fisheries publishes a proposed rule that would implement Amendment 26 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska if the amendment is approved by the Secretary of Commerce after review and consideration of public comments. The proposed rule would extend the effective date of regulations implementing time/area closures around Kodiak Island on vessels using trawl gear other than pelagic trawl gear. This action is necessary to protect the habitat of depressed stocks of red king crab and Tanner crab in the Kodiak Island area. This action is intended to promote the recovery of these crab stocks and to further the goals and objectives contained in the FMP that governs GOA groundfish.