EA/RIR/FRFA for a Regulatory Amendment to Limit Access by Federally-permitted Vessels to the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Pacific Cod Parallel Waters Fishery
Analysis of an amendment to federal fishing permits (FFPs) and license limitation program licenses to require pot and hook-and-line catcher/processors to have the same endorsements on those permits and licenses to catch Pacific cod in the State of Alaska parallel fishery as are required for them to participate in the federal fisheries. It would also prevent vessels from surrendering an FFP or removing endorsements on an FFP to avoid federal recordkeeping and reporting, vessel monitoring systems, and observer requirements.
This Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review/Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis examines the environmental, economic, and socioeconomic aspects of the proposed Federal action. The action would make changes to the Federal Fisheries Permit and License Limitation Program requirements for operators of pot and hook-and-line catcher processors who participate in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Pacific cod parallel waters fisheries. Specifically, the action would preclude vessel operators in the specified sectors from participating in the BSAI Pacific cod parallel waters fishery, if they do not have an LLP license with an Amendment 67 Pacific cod endorsement and the appropriate area Bering Sea or Aleutian Islands endorsement.
Amendment 67 was implemented in 2003, and was intended to limit participation with hook-and-line and pot gear in the fully utilized BSAI Pacific cod fishery. Amendment 67 was implemented by issuing LLP endorsements for exclusive participation in the hook-and-line and pot gear BSAI Pacific cod fisheries by long-time participants.