Environmental Assessment for Proposed Amendment 11 to the Fishery Management Plan for the King and Tanner Crab Fisheries in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands: A Rebuilding Plan for the Bering Sea Tanner (C. bairdi) Crab Stock
The proposed actions contained in this amendment are to rebuild the Bering Sea Tanner crab stock. Although the near-term outlook for this stock is bleak, the 1998 and 1999 surveys encountered a fair number of small crab (30-50 mm CW). These small crabs may represent the cornerstone of stock rebuilding, as protection of these crabs through maturity may pay off in terms of increased spawning and recruitment in future years.
Amendment 11 is a rebuilding plan for the Bering Sea stock of Tanner crab. The Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requires a rebuilding plan when a stock has been declared overfished. NOAA Fisheries declared the Bering Sea stock of Tanner crab overfished on March 3, I999.