Draft Regulatory Impact Review/Environmental Assessment for Proposed Amendment 122 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
Draft Regulatory Impact Review/Environmental Assessment for Proposed Amendment 122 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.
This Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Impact Review analyzes a proposed Pacific cod trawl catcher vessel program and considers allocations of quota shares to groundfish License Limitation Program licenses based on the harvest of targeted Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pacific cod during the qualifying years. The action also considers allocating harvest shares to a processor permit based on processing history of BSAI Pacific cod during the qualifying years. This would yield an exclusive harvest privilege allocation for use in a BSAI trawl CV Pacific cod catch share program cooperative. The purpose of this action is to improve the prosecution of the fishery by promoting safety and stability in the harvesting and processing sectors, increasing the value of the fishery, minimizing bycatch to the extent practicable, providing for the sustained participation of fishery dependent communities, and ensuring the sustainability and viability of the resource.