EA/RIR/FRFA for a Regulatory Amendment to Reduce the Incidental Seabird Mortality in the Pacific Halibut Fishery in U.S. Convention Waters Off Alaska and a Regulatory Exemption for Small Vessels in the Pacific Halibut Fishery in U.S. Convention Waters Off
Requirement for operators of hook-and-line vessels fishing for Pacific halibut in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area and the Gulf of Alaska to conduct fishing operations in a specified manner and to employ specified bird avoidance techniques to reduce seabird bycatch and incidental seabird mortality.
The action is necessary to mitigate hook-and-line fishery interactions with the short-tailed albatross, an endangered species protected under the Endangered Species Act, and other species. The environmental review process led us to conclude that this action will not have a significant impact on the environment. Therefore, an environmental impact statement was not prepared.