Amendment 9 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NOAA Fisheries issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area. The measures contained in this amendment will reduce bycatches of species fully utilized by United States fishermen by closing the area within 20 miles of the Aleutian Islands to foreign trawling; provide NOAA Fisheries with more timely catch information necessary for adequate in-season management; implement the NOAA Fisheries habitat conservation policy; and introduce a definition of directed fishing. Each measure is intended to respond to biological, ecological, or socioeconomic problems that have been identified by the fishing industry and the management agencies. Implementation of these measures is necessary for conservation and management of the groundfish resources and for the orderly conduct of the fishery.