Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review/Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for Amendment 111 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, Revise Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Limits

January 01, 2016

This document analyzes proposed management measures to reduce Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fisheries.

PSC limit reductions are considered for various sectors, including the BSAI trawl limited access sector, the Amendment 80 sector, longline catcher vessels, longline catcher processors, and the Community Development Quota (CDQ) sector (i.e., a reduction to the CDQ’s allocated prohibited species quota reserve). The objective of reducing PSC limits would be to minimize bycatch of halibut in the BSAI groundfish fisheries to the extent practicable, which may provide additional harvest opportunities in the directed halibut fishery.

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Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 10/29/2019

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Analyses Bycatch Alaska Halibut Bycatch