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Pacific Halibut and Red King Crab Bycatch (Incidental Catch) in Alaska Fisheries - Federal Register Rules and Notices


Pacific Halibut and Red King Crab Bycatch in Alaska Trawl Fisheries
Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule


NOAA Fisheries issues a final rule to repeal regulations providing for a groundfish vessel incentive program (VIP) that was designed to reduce the rate at which Pacific halibut and red king crab are taken as incidental catch in Alaska groundfish trawl fisheries. The VIP has not performed as intended because of the costs associated with implementation and enforcement, the relatively small number of vessels covered by the regulation, and the implementation of more effective bycatch reduction programs. This action is necessary to reduce a regulatory burden on the industry and to reduce the administrative costs necessary to support a program no longer considered an effective means to reduce bycatch rates.

Federal Register

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 05/15/2019

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