Alaska Amendment 80 Applications and Forms
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted Amendment 80 to meet the broad goals of: (1) improving retention and utilization of fishery resources by the non-American Fisheries Act (AFA) trawl catcher/processor fleet by extending the groundfish retention standard (GRS) to non-AFA trawl catcher/processor vessels of all lengths; (2) allocating fishery resources among Bering Sea and Aleutian Island (BSAI) trawl harvesters in consideration of historic and present harvest patterns and future harvest needs; (3) authorizing the allocation of groundfish species to harvesting cooperatives and establishing a limited access privilege program (LAPP) for the non-AFA trawl catcher/processors to reduce potential GRS compliance costs, encourage fishing practices with lower discard rates, and improve the opportunity for increasing the value of harvested species; and (4) limiting the ability of non-AFA trawl catcher/processors to expand their harvesting capacity into other fisheries not managed under a LAPP.
The groundfish species in the BSAI directly affected by Amendment 80 include Atka mackerel, Aleutian Islands Pacific ocean perch, Flathead sole, Pacific cod, Rock sole, and Yellowfin sole. In addition, Amendment 80 modified the management of halibut and crab prohibited species catch (PSC) limits.
Species Covered By This Permit
- Alaska Groundfish