NMFS Announces a Workshop to Discuss Future Monitoring Requirements for AFA Catcher/Processors and Motherships

September 16, 2009 - 1:30 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Region, announces a workshop to solicit comments from owners and operators of American Fisheries Act (AFA) trawl catcher/processors and motherships in the Bering Sea pollock fishery about proposed equipment and operational requirements to monitor salmon bycatch under Amendment 91 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (Amendment 91). The workshop is open to the public, but NMFS is particularly seeking participation by people who are knowledgeable about the operations of the AFA catcher/processors and motherships and who can discuss with NMFS the potential operational impacts of proposed monitoring requirements. More information about the workshop is available in the Federal Register notice.

This workshop focuses only on catch monitoring requirements onboard AFA catcher/processors and motherships and will not include discussion of proposed requirements for shoreside processing plants. Proposed revisions to monitoring requirements in the shoreside processing plants were included in the draft Environmental Impact Statement prepared for Amendment 91, which is available on the NMFS Alaska Region's Chinook salmon bycatch website.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. It will start at 9 a.m. and end no later than 4 p.m. Pacific standard time. The workshop will be held at: The Swedish Cultural Center 1920 Dexter Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109. See the Swedish Cultural Center website for directions.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Watson, 907-586-7537 or Sally Bibb, 907-586-7389.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019