Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Crab Rationalization Program - Federal Register Rules and Notices


Proposed Regulations to Modify Management of the American Fisheries Act Program and Crab Rationalization Program
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NOAA Fisheries has determined that Pribilof Islands blue king crab is still overfished. This determination is based on the most recent assessment, completed in 2019 using data through 2019, which indicates that the biomass estimate remains below its threshold. NOAA Fisheries has notified the North Pacific Fishery Management Council of the requirements to rebuild this stock.


NOAA Fisheries issued a final rule in March 2005  implementing Amendments 18 and 19 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner Crabs (FMP). Amendments 18 and 19 amended the FMP to include the Voluntary Three-Pie Cooperative Program (hereinafter referred to as the Crab Rationalization Program or Program). Congress amended the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) to require the Secretary of Commerce to approve and implement the Program. 

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 04/08/2020

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