Non-pollock Trawl Catcher/Processor Halibut Bycatch Handling and Monitoring Requirements

Overview

Description
Halibut Deck Sorting
Fishing Type
Commercial
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
11/14/2019

Summary

Regulations to implement catch handling and monitoring requirements to allow Pacific halibut (halibut) bycatch to be sorted on the deck of trawl catcher/processors (C/Ps) and motherships participating in the non-pollock groundfish fisheries off Alaska. Halibut bycatch must be discarded and returned to the sea with a minimum of injury in the directed groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) management areas. This final action includes additional minor regulatory changes that improve consistency and clarity of existing regulations, removes unnecessary and outdated regulations, and updates cross references to reflect these new regulations.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 10/15/2019

Alaska Halibut Bycatch North Pacific Observer Program Groundfish