EA/RIR/IRFA for Revised Amendment 21 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and Revised Amendment 16 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands
Revisions to Amendments 21/16 are being considered because a critical component of the bycatch management measures contained in the amendments was disapproved by the Secretary
These amendments authorize a vessel incentive program to reduce bycatch rates of prohibited species in the Alaskan groundfish trawl fisheries. 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. A copy of the finding of no significant impact, including the environmental assessment, is enclosed for your information.