RIR/FRFA Exemption to West Region Landing Requirement in the Western Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab Fishery For a Regulatory Amendment to Implement Amendment 37 to the Fishery Management Plan or Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs
Analysis of a regulation to allow west-designated Western Aleutian Islands gold king crab (WAG) individual fishing quota (IFQ) to be delivered outside the west region.
The purpose of this proposal is to develop a regulation to allow waiver of the requirement that west-designated Western Aleutian Islands gold king crab (WAG) individual fishing quota (IFQ) be delivered west of 174 º W. longitude. A reliable shoreside processing facility may not be available each season to take delivery and process WAG IFQ. Relaxing the regional landing requirement would allow the IFQ to be delivered outside the west region, to promote full utilization of the TAC.