Amendment 48 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
NOAA Fisheries issues a final rule that implements Amendment 48 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and Amendment 48 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. Amendments 48/48 revise the administrative process used to establish annual harvest specifications for the groundfish fisheries of the GOA and the BSAI and update the FMPs by revising the description of the groundfish fisheries and participants, revising the name of the BSAI FMP, revising text to simplify wording and correct typographical errors, and revising the description of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Groundfish Plan Teams' responsibilities.
This action is necessary to manage fisheries based on the best scientific information available, to provide adequate opportunity for prior public review and comment to the Secretary of Commerce on Council recommendations, to provide additional opportunity for Secretarial review, to minimize unnecessary disruption to fisheries, to promote the public's understanding, and to promote administrative efficiency. The final rule revises regulations to implement the new harvest specifications process in Amendments 48/48 and revises the name of the BSAI FMP. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the FMPs, and other applicable laws.