Amendment 33 to the FMP for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs
NOAA Fisheries announces the approval of Amendment 33 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs. Amendment 33 amends the FMP to allow NOAA Fisheries to reduce the amount of fees collected under the Crab Rationalization Program to the amount needed to finance the Federal loan program for quota share purchase. The amendment provides NOAA Fisheries with the flexibility to reserve only the amount of fees necessary to support the loan program, including no fees if none are needed. This FMP amendment does not require modifications to Federal regulations.