Environmental Assessment/Final Regulatory Impact Review for Amendment 101 to the FMP For Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Allow the Use of Pot Longline Gear in the Gulf of Alaska Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Fishery
Analysis of management measures for the sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) fishery in the Gulf of Alaska.
The considered measures include:
- redefine legal gear to include pot longline gear, subject to a pot limit enforced by pot-identification tags
- require that pot longline gear be moved or tended within a certain amount of time after being set, or removed from the fishing grounds when making a sablefish delivery
- require marking of pot longline gear
- require retention of Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) if sufficient IFQ is held by fishermen to cover the halibut IFQ caught using pot longline gear.