Environmental Assessment for Amendment 58 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area
Amendment 58 will reduce the annual trawl bycatch limits for Chinook salmon and will revise the Chinook Salmon Savings Area in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area.
Amendment 58 will:
(1) reduce the chinook salmon bycatch limit from 46,000 salmon to 29,000 salmon over a 4-year period,
(2) implement year-round accounting of chinook salmon bycatch in the Pollack fishery beginning on January 1 of each year,
3) revise, the -boundaries of the CHSSA, and
4) set new CHSSA closure dates.
The intended effect of this amendment is to reduce trawl bycatch of chinook salmon in the BSAI.