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


Halibut Deck Sorting
Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Proposed Rule


NOAA Fisheries proposes regulations to implement catch handling and monitoring requirements to allow Pacific halibut (halibut) bycatch to be sorted on the deck of trawl catcher/processors and motherships participating in the non-pollock groundfish fisheries off Alaska. Halibut bycatch is required to 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 action includes additional minor regulatory changes that will improve consistency and clarity of existing regulations, remove unnecessary and outdated regulations, and update cross references to reflect these proposed regulations. 

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 05/20/2019

Alaska Halibut Bycatch North Pacific Observer Program Groundfish