Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program in Alaska Federal Register Rules and Notices 2004–Present
NOAA Fisheries issues a proposed rule to modify recordkeeping and reporting requirements to remove pot gear tag requirements in the sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) fishery in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) and remove requirements to obtain and submit a notary certification on various programs' application forms. This action is intended to reduce administrative burden on the regulated fishing industry and NOAA Fisheries. A Draft Regulatory Impact Review that analyzes the proposed changes is available.
The commercial halibut and sablefish fisheries in the GOA and the BSAI management areas are managed under the IFQ Program that was implemented in 1995 (58 FR 59375, November 9, 1993). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA Fisheries developed the IFQ Program to resolve the conservation and management problems commonly associated with open access fisheries. The preamble to the proposed rule published on December 3, 1992 (57 FR 57130), describes the background issues leading to the Council's initial action recommending the adoption of the IFQ Program.
Historical IFQ Federal Register notices and rules are posted on the IFQ Federal Register Rules and Notices 2003-1986 page. IFQ related Fishery Management Plan amendments are posted within each management plan.