Amendment 72 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area

Overview

Description
Amendment 72 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
Fishing Type
Commercial
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
08/25/2008

Summary

NOAA Fisheries announces the approval of Amendment 72 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. Amendment 72 amends the FMP to state that the Council will annually review information on the discard of shallow-water flatfish in Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries. After review of this annual information, the Council may recommend revisions to retention and utilization requirements if the discard rate for shallow-water flatfish falls above or below a specified threshold. This action is necessary to support the Council's initiatives to monitor and reduce bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries. The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resource in the Gulf of Alaska in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 01/08/2019