American Fisheries Act Pollock Buyback Program

The American Fisheries Act of 1998 directed NOAA Fisheries to pay $90 million to the owners of nine large catcher processors harvesting the offshore component of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Pollock-directed fishing allowance.

In accordance with the Act, Fisheries paid $15 million from the American Fisheries Act appropriations and the remaining $75 million from the proceeds of a fishing capacity reduction loan under sections 1111 and 1112 of Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936.

The inshore component of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pollock Fishery has been repaid. Therefore, buyback fee collections on AFA Pollock will cease for all landings after February 29, 2020.

The American Fisheries Act required the loan to be repaid by fees under section 312(d)(2)(C) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Pursuant to the American Fisheries Act and Section 312, all vessel owners harvesting the inshore component of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (“fish sellers”) were required to pay the fee and all parties making the first ex-vessel purchase of the inshore component Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (“fish buyers”) were required to collect the fee, account for and forward the fee revenue for the purpose of repaying the loan. The fee was six-tenths of one cent for each pound, round-weight, of all inshore component of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands that fish sellers land. Fee collection to repay the 30-year loan began on February 10, 2000. The interest rate was fixed at 7.09 percent.

Please see the links below for more information and visit to submit fee collection payments.

Click here for a summary of loan balances.


Regulations & Notices


Kristin Fonte;; (301) 427-8727

Christopher P. McEntee;; (301) 427-8769

Financial Services Division (F/MB5)
Office of Management and Budget
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Last updated by Office of Management & Budget on March 10, 2020