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Environmental Assessment for Proposed Amendment 79 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska - Set Overfishing and Acceptable Biological Catch Specifications for the “Other Species” Category in the Gulf of Alaska

April 30, 2008

Analysis of setting an aggregate overfishing limit (OFL) and acceptable biological catch level (ABC) for the “other species” category in the Gulf of Alaska.

The proposed action would amend the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) to require the Council to annually set an aggregate overfishing limit (OFL) and acceptable biological catch level (ABC) for the “other species” category. Currently, the Council only sets total allowable catch (TAC) for the “other species” category, according to a formula specified in the FMP. Under the proposed action, the “other species” category would be subject to the harvest specifications procedure laid out in the FMP for target groundfish species.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 06/17/2020

Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Analyses