Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review/Final Regulatory Flexiblity Analysis for Amendment 37
Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review/Final Regulatory Flexiblity Analysis for Amendment 37 - Measure 1: Establishment of a Bristol Bay Red King Crab Savings Area; Measure 2: Management of Red King Crab (P. camtschaticus) Bycatch Limits in Bering Sea Groundfish Trawl Fisheries; Measure 3: Establishment of a Trawl Closure Area in the Nearshore Waters of Bristol Bay - An Amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area including a Regulatory Amendment to rescind regulations that allow a trawl fishery for Pacific cod in the Port Moller area as well as Analysis of Alternatives for Tanner Crab (C. bairdi) and Snow Crab (C. opilio) Bycatch limits in Bering Sea Groundfish Trawl Fisheries
Bering Sea crab stocks are currently at relatively low levels based on recent National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) bottom trawl surveys. Crab fisheries have been impacted by these low stock sizes, such that no Bristol Bay red king crab fishery occurred in 1994 or 1995, and harvests of Tanner and snow crabs have been much reduced. In January 1995, the Council initiated analysis ofseveral proposals designed to reduce impacts of m1\vling on crab stocks and thus promote rebuilding of crab resources. The Council adopted three management measures for the current crab bycatch management regime for Bering Sea trawl fisheries.