Amendment 88 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
NOAA Fisheries issues regulations implementing Amendment 88 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. Amendment 88 is the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program. These regulations allocate exclusive harvest privileges to a specific group of license limitation program license holders who used trawl gear to target Pacific ocean perch, pelagic shelf rockfish, and northern rockfish during particular qualifying years. The Rockfish Program retains the conservation, management, safety, and economic gains realized under the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Pilot Program and resolves identified issues in the management and viability of the rockfish fisheries. This action is necessary to replace particular Pilot Program regulations that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2011. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the GOA FMP, and other applicable law.