Amendment 9 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries Off Alaska
NOAA Fisheries issues a final rule that implements Amendment 88 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. This amendment revises the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area (AIHCA) boundary to allow nonpelagic trawling in an area historically fished and to prohibit nonpelagic trawling in an area of known coral and sponge occurrence. This action is necessary to ensure the AIHCA protects areas of coral and sponge habitat from the potential effects of nonpelagic trawling and allows nonpelagic trawling in areas historically fished and with unknown occurrence of corals and sponges.
The revisions to the AIHCA required amendments to the groundfish, crab, scallop, and salmon fishery management plans for the Alaska fisheries. Only Amendment 88 to the groundfish FMP requires regulatory changes, which are implemented by this final rule.