Public Review Draft/Regulatory Impact Review/Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for proposed Amendment 71 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea / Aleutian Islands Groundfish to implement policy and administrative changes to the CDQ Program
Analysis of proposed changes to the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program
The proposed action would implement several policy changes regarding the general administration of the CDQ Program, the role of NMFS and the State of Alaska in program oversight, and the CDQ allocation process. The CDQ Program was created by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) in 1992 as part of the inshore/offshore allocations of pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and the halibut and sablefish allocations which were created as part of the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. The Council established the CDQ Program to provide western Alaska fishing communities an opportunity to participate in the BSAI fisheries that had been foreclosed to them because of the high capital investment needed to enter the fishery. The purpose of the CDQ Program was to help western Alaska communities to diversify their local economies and to provide new opportunities for stable, long-term employment. The original Council guidance for implementing the CDQ Program focused on using the CDQ allocations to develop a self-sustaining fisheries economy.