NMFS Intends to Remove Observer Coverage Requirements in State Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) Pacific Cod Fisheries

February 16, 2012 - 3:45 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to correct regulations recently adopted under Amendment 83 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (76 FR 74670, December 1, 2011). Regulations implementing Amendment 83 limit the holder of a Federal Fishery Permit (FFP) from surrendering an FFP license no more than one time in a 3-year cycle. The FFP imposes an observer requirement. These observer requirements would apply to vessels designated on an FFP that participate in the State of Alaska Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) Pacific cod fishery. This consequence of Amendment 83 was not foreseen. Accordingly, NMFS anticipates revising regulations that require vessels designated on an FFP to carry an observer when participating in the State GHL Pacific cod fishery.

NMFS anticipates revising observer coverage requirements that may be applicable to vessels in the State GHL Pacific cod fisheries under the proposed restructuring of the groundfish observer program. NMFS anticipates that these changes to observer coverage requirements in the State GHL Pacific cod fishery would be effective in 2013.

This information bulletin only provides notice of an anticipated fishery management action. For additional information and guidance concerning any possible observer coverage requirements in State GHL Pacific cod fisheries during 2012, please contact NOAA Enforcement at 907-486-3298.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019