EA/RIR/FRFA for a Regulatory Amendment to Establish a Stand Down Requirement for Vessels Transiting between the BSAI and the GOA

August 03, 1998

Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review/Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis and FONSI on stand down requirement to prevent unexpected shifts of fishing effort between Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA fisheries that can lead to over harvests of total allowable catch in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the GOA.

In recent years,  management  of the  inshore pollock  and Pacific cod fisheries  of the  Western  and Central (W/C)  Regulatory  Areas  of the GOA  has become increasingly  difficult  and the  risk of harvest  overruns has grown due  to total  allowable  catch (TAC)  amounts  that are small relative  to the potential  fishing effort.   The  problem  has been  most acute  in the  Western  Regulatory  Area of the GOA  due to the constant potential that  numerous  large  catcher vessels  based  in the Bering  Sea will  cross  over to the GOA  to participate  in pollack  and Pacific  cod openings  that have  relatively  small TACs.  NOAA Fisheries currently  lacks a preseason  vessel  registration  program  that could  gauge  potential  effort  in these  fisheries prior  to openings,  and  inseason  catch  information  in these  fisheries  is neither  timely  nor accurate  enough  to allow adequate management. 

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