Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs) in Alaska
An exempted fishing permit is a permit issued by the Alaska Region to allow groundfish fishing activities that would otherwise be prohibited under regulations for groundfish fishing. These permits are issued for limited experimental purposes to support projects that could benefit the groundfish fisheries and the environment. Examples of past projects supported by an EFP include the development of new gear types for an underutilized fishery and development of devices that reduce prohibited species bycatch.
Applications, Permits and Final Reports
Electronic Monitoring - Fixed Gear
- EFP for the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association (AFLA) to evaluate integrating electronic monitoring on fixed gear vessels with the North Pacific Research Program
Electronic Monitoring - Rockfish
- EFP 2008-01: Continued Assessment of an Electronic Monitoring System for Quantifying At-sea Halibut Discards in the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Fishery
- EFP 2007-02 Testing the Use of Electronic Monitoring to Quantify At-sea Halibut Discards in the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Fishery
- EFP # 2018-02 to collect halibut tissue from incidentally caught halibut in the western Aleutians Pacific cod hook and line fishery to inform halibut stock
- EFP 2018-01: Halibut deck sorting experiment to reduce halibut mortality on BSAI and GOA non-pollock trawl catcher processors
- EFP 2016-01: Halibut deck sorting experiment to reduce halibut mortality on BSAI non-pollock trawl catcher processors
- EFP 2015-02: Halibut deck sorting experiment to reduce halibut mortality on Amendment 80 Catcher processors
- EFP 2012-1 to evaluate how various fishing and handling practices affect halibut mortality
- Final Report for EFP 2009-01 on a Halibut Bycatch Discard Survival Experiment for a Bering Sea, Non-pelagic Trawl Fishery North Pacific Fisheries Foundation, January 2011
- Final Report for EFP 2009-02 to study methods for reducing halibut discard mortality in trawl fisheries by evaluating various fishing and handling practices, October 2010
- Final Report for EFP 08-01 to continue assessment of an electronic monitoring system for quantifying at-sea halibut discards in the Central Gulf of Alaska rockfish fishery, September 2009
- Final Report for an EFP 2007-02 to test the use of electronic monitoring to quantify at-sea halibut discards in the Central Gulf of Alaska rockfish fishery, May 2008
- EFP 2006-03 to evaluate the effectiveness of a halibut excluder for the GOA trawl cod fishery
Pacific Ocean Perch Bycatch
- EFP to test methods to minimize bycatch of Pacific ocean perch in the Aleutian Islands pollock fishery.
- EFP 2007-01 to improve Aleutian Islands pollock stock assessment, conservation, and management
- EFP # 2018-03 to continue research on Chinook salmon bycatch reduction devices in the Bering Sea pollock Fishery
- EFP 2015-1 to continue research on salmon bycatch reduction devices in the Eastern Bering Sea pollock Fishery
- EFP 2013-1 for the Purpose of Testing a Salmon Excluder Device in the Central Gulf of Alaska Pollock Fishery
- EFP 2011-1 to continue research on salmon bycatch reduction devices with a focus on chum salmon bycatch reduction and one field season to improve to Chinook salmon escapement rates
- EFP 2008-02 to explore the potential for flapper-style salmon excluders for the Bering Sea pollock fishery.
- EFP 2007-02A to evaluate the effectiveness of a "voluntary rolling hot spot" salmon bycatch management system
- EFP 2003-01 to test a salmon excluder device for the Bering Sea pollock fishery
Red King Crab Bycatch
- EFP to retain red king crab bycatch on board for periods of no more than 72 hours during the 2019 Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands flatfish fisheries "A" season.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
Anyone who is planning on groundfish fishing activities that would otherwise be prohibited by the regulations may apply for an EFP. The permit is issued to the applicant but a copy must be on the vessel at all times during the project.
Which regulations describe the process for obtaining an EFP?
- Regulations that describe the application and review process for EFPs are at 50 CFR 679.6. This information collection is approved by OMB Collection 0648-0206.
How do I apply?
- You must follow the procedures detailed in 50 CFR 679.6, which include sending a completed application to the AK Regional Administrator for consideration.
How long does the review process take?
- It depends on the complexity of the project and North Pacific Fishery Management Council's meeting schedule. NOAA Fisheries may need to write an environmental analysis of the impacts of issuing the EFP. This document would support the decision making and inform the public of the EFP project. The Regional Administrator is also required to consult with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council before issuing an EFP. This usually involves a Federal Register notice of the receipt of your application and your presentation of the EFP project at a Council meeting. Applicants should plan on at least 9 to 12 months from the date of application submittal before the EFP is issued.