Regulatory Impact Review for Amendment 52 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab
This Regulatory Impact Review examines the benefits and costs of proposed fishery management plan and regulatory amendments affecting Economic Data Reporting programs in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area crab fisheries.
The action Alternatives, Components, and Options analyzed in this Regulatory Impact Review (RIR) would potentially:
- revise authorizations for third party data verification audits
- eliminate blind data formatting
- standardize data aggregation procedures
- change the frequency of Economic Data Reporting (EDR) information collections
- remove individual EDR program requirements. These potential actions are all amendments to administrative reporting requirements intended to improve the usability, efficiency, and consistency of the data collection programs and to minimize cost to industry and the Federal government
While it is standard practice to provide information on fishery participation, harvest, revenue, and possibly community involvement, the purpose of inclusion of such information in an RIR is to create a baseline against which to compare the impacts of the action alternatives under consideration. This analysis provides estimates of programmatic costs and industry compliance costs that would be either reduced or eliminated by adoption of the action alternatives. These cost savings are not comparable to standard baseline fisheries descriptions as they affect the financial operations of fishing companies but are not directly related to harvesting, processing, or communities.