Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/RIR/IRFA of Proposed Inshore/Offshore Allocation Alternatives (Amendment 18/23) to the Fishery Management Plans for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska
This supplemental environmental impact statement, combined with a regulatory impact review/initial regulatory flexibility analysis, evaluates environmental, economic, and social impacts of proposed inshore/offshore allocations of pollock in the Bering Sea/ Aleutian Islands area, and pollock and Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska.
These proposed allocations constitute amendments to the Fishery Management Plans for the Groundfish Fishery in the Bering Sea/ Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska.
The Council has defined as a problem the risk of resource preemption by one industry sector upon another. Several management alternatives have been proposed by the industry and refined by the Council to address this problem. This analysis is designed to provide the public and the decision makers with an understanding of the trade-offs; the costs and benefits of each alternative in addressing the problem. The effectiveness of these alternatives in successfully solving the preemption problem is presented in the analysis.