Regulatory Impact Review for an Emergency Rule to Exempt Custom Processing from the Tanner Crab Individual Processing Quota Use Caps
Analysis of the economic impacts of temporarily allowing a custom processing exemption for Tanner crab.
The Council has requested that NOAA Fisheries promulgate an emergency rule to modify regulations governing individual processing quota use in the Bering Sea tanner crab fisheries. This emergency rule would allow, for the 2015/2016 crab fishing year, Tanner crab to be custom processed (processed on behalf of an IPQ holder) without that crab being applied against the IPQ use caps of facility operators. IPQ use caps limit the amount of crab a processor can process in a season. An emergency exists because, due to the consolidation of processors, the few processors available are constrained by IPQ use caps, resulting in more crab being available for harvest than can be legally processed.