Amendment 59 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area

Overview

Description
Amendment 59 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
Fishing Type
Commercial
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
12/11/2000

Summary

NOAA Fisheries issues regulations to implement Amendment 59 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and to make changes to the regulations governing the Individual Fishing Quota commercial fishery and halibut sport fishery. This action designates an unusually productive and fragile 2.5 square nautical mileĀ area of habitat as the Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve and closes this area to groundfish fishing and anchoring by commercial groundfish vessels, to halibut fishing and anchoring by IFQ halibut fishing vessels, to sport fishing for halibut, and to anchoring by any vessel if halibut is on board. The intent of this action is to protect an area containing important fish habitat from the effects of fishing and anchoring and to create a groundfish reserve.

Supporting Materials

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 03/01/2019

Alaska IFQ - Halibut and Sablefish Alaska Halibut Sport Fishing Essential Fish Habitat