Amendment 83 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
NOAA Fisheries publishes regulations to implement Amendment 83 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. Amendment 83 allocates Western and Central GOA Pacific cod total allowable catch limits among various gear and operational sectors. Sector allocations limit the amount of Western and Central GOA Pacific cod that each sector is authorized to harvest. This action reduces competition among sectors and supports stability in the Pacific cod fishery. This rule limits access to the Federal Pacific cod TAC fisheries prosecuted in State of Alaska waters, commonly known as the parallel fishery, adjacent to the Western and Central GOA. This action is intended to promote community participation and provide incentives for new entrants in the jig sector. It also promotes the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Fishery Management Plan, and other applicable laws.