Regulatory Impact Review for Amendment 99 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area - Adjustment of the Maximum Length Overall on BSAI Freezer Longline License Limitation Program Licenses
Analysis of increasing the maximum length overall for Pacific cod vessels with eligible License Limitation Program (LLP) licenses
This action would increase the current limits on the size and type of vessels eligible to participate in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) longline catcher/processor subsector. This action would (1) increase the maximum length overall on eligible License Limitation Program (LLP) licenses and (2) amend the fishery management plan to ensure that LLP license holders are eligible to catch and process Pacific cod in the BSAI with longer, heavier, and more powerful vessels than are currently eligible. This action is necessary to modernize and improve efficiency in this fleet, increase retention and utilization of groundfish catch by these vessels, and to promote safety-at-sea by requiring newly built vessels to meet modern vessel safety standards.