Environmental Assessment for the 1998 Groundfish Total Allowable Catch Specifications Implemented under the Authority of the Fishery Management Plans for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI and the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA
Environmental Assessment of the environmental impacts associated with changing the total allowable catch (TAC) amounts from those set in 1997 to those proposed for 1998.
This document documents the analysis of the groundfish target species stock status, higher and lower trophic level species, and the physical and socioeconomic environment. The federal action consists of proposing the 1998 total allowable catch specifications for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area and the Gulf of Alaska management area. The specified total allowable catch will become the upper limit of groundfish harvested in the groundfish fisheries off Alaska during calendar year 1998.