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Finding of No Significant Impact for Proposed Amendment 124 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 112 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA

November 07, 2022

This draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) analyzes management measures that would apply to fishery participants in the halibut and sablefish individual fishing quota and Community Development Quota fisheries off Alaska.

Measures under consideration in the proposed amendments include changes to biodegradable panel requirements on pot gear used to fish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) and Community Development Quota (CDQ) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). The purpose of these changes to gear specifications is to increase operational efficiency for vessels participating in these fisheries and to reduce administrative burden. The proposed action would also authorize jig gear as a legal gear type for harvesting sablefish IFQ in the BSAI and GOA and sablefish CDQ in the BSAI to increase access to entry-level fishing opportunities. Another management measure under consideration would temporarily remove the Adak community quota entity (CQE) residency requirement for five years to provide more opportunity for the Adak CQE to fully harvest its allocation. Overall, the magnitude of impacts is limited because the IFQ Program is designed to limit effort by limiting harvest through allocation of quota share and through catch limits for both halibut and sablefish.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 11/07/2022

Alaska Individual Fishing Quota Program Analyses Alaska Community Development Quota Program Analyses