Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program
The Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program allocates a percentage of all Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands quotas for groundfish, prohibited species, halibut, and crab to eligible communities.
The Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program was established to (i) to provide eligible western Alaska villages with the opportunity to participate and invest in fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; (ii) to support economic development in western Alaska; (iii) to alleviate poverty and provide economic and social benefits for residents of western Alaska; and (iv) to achieve sustainable and diversified local economies in western Alaska.
- Catch Reports and Allocations
- Applications and Reporting
- Chinook Salmon Bycatch
- Cost Recovery and Fee Programs
- Recordkeeping and Reporting
- Fishery Seasons
- CDQ Small Vessel Fishery Management Program Vessel List (No vessels participated in 2019.)
Regulations and Management Actions
- Information Bulletins
- Groundfish Harvest Specifications
- CDQ Pollock Maximum Retainable Amounts
- Federal Register Rules and Notices
- Regulations: See 679.30, 679.31, and 679.32 and specific CDQ sections within: 679.7(d), 679.1(e), 679.5(n), 679.5(l), 679.4(e)
- Regulations, Acts, Treaties, and Agreements
- Figures, Maps, Boundaries, Regulatory Areas, and Zones
- Fishery Management Plan Amendments
Implementation of 2006 Magnuson-Stevens Act Changes
Statements of Compliance
- NMFS letter about CDQ statement of compliance, January 2008 (PDF)
- CDQ Group Letters
Amendments to the CDQ Program
- Notice to inform the public about the CDQ percentage allocations among the six CDQ managing entities (CDQ groups) that are in effect as a result of recent amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (71 FR 51804, August 2006)
2022 Decennial Review
Section 305(i)(1)(H) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requires that during calendar year 2012 and every 10 years thereafter, the State of Alaska shall evaluate the performance of each entity participating in the CDQ Program. The decennial review includes an evaluation of performance relative to four criteria which generally relate to socioeconomic characteristics, financial performance, workforce employment and scholarships opportunities, and implementation of community development plans. Under section 305(i)(1)(H), NOAA Fisheries has no role in the evaluation and determination stages of the decennial review.
In 2023, the State of Alaska determined that each CDQ entity has maintained or improved performance over the evaluation period, 2011 through 2020. Specific information on the CDQ Program's 2022 Decennial Review can be found below. The next decennial review will be in 2032. 2022 State of Alaska's CDQ Program Decennial Review reports available here.
Decennial Review Correspondence
- NOAA Fisheries letter to Western Alaska Community Development Association, June 2012 (PDF)
- State of Alaska letter to NOAA Fisheries about decennial adjustment of allocations, January 2007 (PDF)
- NOAA Fisheries letter to the State of Alaska about decennial adjustment of allocations, January 2007 (PDF)
- NOAA Fisheries letter to the State of Alaska about decennial adjustment of allocations, July 2006 (PDF)