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Environmental Assessment and Economic Analysis for Amendment 44 to the Groundfish Fishery Management Plans of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska to Redefine Acceptable Biological Catch and Overfishing

January 06, 1996

Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Plans: Environmental Assessment

Reviews by NOAA Fisheries' Overfishing Definitions Review Panel and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee have indicated that the definitions of "acceptable biological catch" and "overfishing" contained in the fishery management plans for groundfish of the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska could and should be improved.

Suggestions for improvement include the following: A) greater imprecision in parameter estimates should correspond to more conservative fishing mortality rates; B) for a stock below its target abundance level, fishing mortality rates should vary directly with biomass and ultimately fall to zero should the stock become critically depleted; and C) a buffer should be maintained between acceptable biological catch and the overfishing level.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 12/14/2018

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