EA/RIR/FRFA of Amendment 13 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska
As part of the annual plan amendment cycle for the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery management plans), the North Pacific Fishery Management Council reviews proposed changes submitted by the public and management agencies
The following management measures are specific to both Amendments 13 and 18: 1) specific seasons are deleted from the FMP's and all future season changes will be established by regulatory amendment: 2) a comprehensive data collection program is approved, which consists of augmented recordkeeping and reporting requirements and authorization of a mandatory observer program; and 3) the secretary's authority to separate or combine species within the target species category is clarified.
Regulations specific only to Amendment 13 include: 1) areas in the vicinity of the Walrus Islands are closed to fishing for groundfish and 2) fixed percentages of the allowable harvest amount of sablefish are allocated to trawl and fixed gear.
Regulations specific only to Amendment 18 include: 1) establishment of the Shelikof strait as a management district for purposes of managing pollock; 2) closure of certain areas around Kodiak Island to bottom trawling to protect red king crab; and 3) establishment of prohibited species catch limits for fixed gear and trawl gear for one year.