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


Halibut Deck Sorting
Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule


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minor regulatory changes that improve consistency and clarity of existing regulations, removes unnecessary and outdated regulations, and updates cross references to reflect these new regulations.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 07/23/2021

Alaska Halibut Bycatch North Pacific Observer Program Groundfish