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Amendment 48 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area

Overview

Description
Amendment 48 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
Fishing Type
Commercial
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
12/08/2004

Summary

NOAA Fisheries issues a final rule that implements Amendment 48 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) and Amendment 48 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management (BSAI) 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 Fishery Management Plans by:

  • revising the description of the groundfish fisheries and participants
  • revising the name of the BSAI Fishery Management Plan
  • revising text to simplify wording and correct typographical errors
  • 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. It also provides adequate opportunity for prior public review and comment to the Secretary of Commerce on Council recommendations, to additional opportunity for Secretarial review. This will minimize unnecessary disruption to fisheries, 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 Fishery Management Plans, and other applicable laws.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 05/11/2022