Regulatory Impact Review/Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis of Six Proposed Amendments to Subsistence Halibut Fishery Regulations
This Regulatory Impact Review/Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis addresses six actions that amend subsistence halibut regulations, which were recommended by the State of Alaska), Federal agencies, or Alaska Native Tribes for consideration by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
These actions will:
(1) reduce the subsistence gear limits in Kodiak and add seasonal gear and vessel limits in the Sitka Sound Local Area Management Plan area,
(2) add the village of Naukati to the list of eligible subsistence halibut communities, (
3) implement a possession limit equal to two daily harvest and vessel limits to enhance enforcement,
(4) revise the definition of charter vessel,
(5) revise regulations allowing customary trade, and
(6) allow the use of special permits within non-subsistence use areas by eligible tribes.
None of the actions is intended to change the amount of halibut harvested for subsistence purposes.