EA/RIR for the North Pacific Fisheries Research Plan: Amendment 27 to the BSAI Groundfish FMP, Amendment 30 to the GOA Groundfish FMP, Amendment 3 to the BSAI Crab FMP - Regulatory Amendment to the Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations
Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review for the North Pacific Fisheries Research Plan: Amendment 27 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands Area, Amendment 30 to the FMP for Groundfish of Alaska, Amendment 3 to the FMP for the Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area - Regulatory Amendment to the Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations
Section 313 of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act authorizes the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to prepare, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, a North Pacific Fisheries Research Plan for all fisheries under the Council's jurisdiction except salmon. Any such plan would require observers to be stationed on fishing vessels and on fish processors or shoreside processing facilities as appropriate to collect data necessary for the conservation, management, and scientific understanding of any fisheries under the Council's jurisdiction, including halibut, but excluding salmon. It also would establish a system of fees to pay for the costs of implementing the Research Plan.
This document provides background information and assessments necessary for the Secretary to determine if the Research Plan is consistent with the Magnuson Act and other applicable law. It also provides the public with information to assess the alternatives that are being considered.