2018/2019 Computation Quota Share (QS) and Processor Quote Share (PQS) Pools
A computation quota pool for a fishery is the sum of all quota units issued for that fishery that is used for IFQ/IPQ computations. To determine the annual awards of IFQ and IPQ to Quota holders and cooperatives, on the day of computation NMFS will use (a) the quota pools as of that date, (b) each persons quota holdings and co-op and affiliation information, and (c) the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) established by the State of Alaska. The basic IFQ/IPQ computation formula unadjusted for affiliation or other limitations is: QS/PQS holdings / Quota Share Pool * TAC = pounds to Quota holder. Once it is issued in IFQ/IPQ computations, a QS or PQS pool does not change for that crab fishing year. Ratios are shown to 4 decimals although computations use additional decimals.

Please note that while any data challenges and appeals remain unresolved, initial issuance of quota cannot be entirely completed. Initial issuance of Quota that is delayed until after an annual computation date will only affect future year IFQ/IPQ issuance.
Computation Quota Share Pools
Crab QS Fishery
QS Pool for LLP
Holders
QS units)
QS Pool for
Captains/Crew
(QS units)
QS Pool for all
Harvester QS Units
(Holders + Crew)
Final Ratio
QS units/IFQ
pound
BBR - Bristol Bay red king crab
387,828,995
12,000,335
399,829,330
103.1232
BSS - Bering Sea snow crab (C. opilio)
970,675,714
30,017,240
1,000,692,954
40.3133
EBT - Eastern Bering Sea Tanner crab (C. bairdi)
*
*
*
*
WBT - Western Bering Sea Tanner crab (C. bairdi)
194,308,390
5,884,368
200,192,758
91.1998
PIK - Pribilof Islands red/blue king crab
*
*
*
*
SMB - St. Matthew blue king crab
*
*
*
*
EAG - Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king crab
9,700,156
299,989
10,000,145
2.8816
WAG - Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab
38,800,000
1,200,058
40,000,058
17.7778
WAI - Western Aleution Islands red king crab
*
*
*
*
 
Notes to Table:
- Initial Quota Pools used for QS eligibility determinations are in Table 8 to 50 CFR Part 680.
- Annual quota pools shown above differ from the Initial Quota Pools in regulations or from prior year computation pools due to: rounding, decreased initial issuance as a result of regulatory caps, delayed initial issuance for successful appeals, sanctions and revocations, when QS/PQS exceeds a person's use cap or QS/PQS is being "converted" under Amendment 25, when issuance is conditional on TAC levels, for late or missing annual applications, or for other administrative reasons.
- Starting with the 2006/2007 crab fishing year, the Bering Sea bairdi Tanner crab fishery is managed as two fisheries, Western Bering Sea Tanner (WBT) and Eastern Bering Sea Tanner (EBT).
- '*' in the table means the TAC has not yet been announced by the State of Alaska or the fishery is not open, therefore, pools cannot be computed at this time.
Processor Quota Share Pools
Crab PQS Fishery
PQS Pool
(PQS units)
Final Ratio
PQS units/IPQ
BBR - Bristol Bay red king crab
North Region
10,277,851
124.3749
BBR - Bristol Bay red king crab
South Region
391,738,431
123.4965
BSS - Bering Sea snow crab (C. opilio)
North Region
470,734,143
51.0854
BSS - Bering Sea snow crab (C. opilio)
South Region
531,402,356
50.7256
EBT - Eastern Bearing Sea Tanner crab (C. bairdi)
 
*
*
WBT - Western Bearing Sea Tanner crab (C. bairdi)
 
199,191,413
111.3718
PIK - Pribilof Islands red/blue king crab
North Region
*
*
PIK - Pribilof Islands red/blue king crab
South Region
*
*
SMB - St. Matthew blue king crab
North Region
*
*
SMB - St. Matthew blue king crab
South Region
*
*
EAG - Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king crab
South Region
10,122,984
3.5111
WAG - Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab
Undesignated Region
20,010,992
37.9254
WAG - Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab
West Region
20,010,124
37.8522
WAI - Western Aleution Islands red king crab
South Region
*
*
 
Notes to Table:
- Initial Quota Pools used for PQS eligibility determinations are in Table 9 to 50 CFR Part 680.
- Annual quota pools shown above differ from the Initial Quota Pools in regulations or from prior year computation pools due to: rounding, decreased initial issuance as a result of regulatory caps, delayed initial issuance for successful appeals, sanctions and revocations, when QS/PQS exceeds a person's use cap or QS/PQS is being "converted" under Amendment 25, when issuance is conditional on TAC levels, for late or missing annual applications, or for other administrative reasons.
- Starting with the 2006/2007 crab fishing year, the Bering Sea bairdi Tanner crab fishery is managed as two fisheries, Western Bering Sea Tanner (WBT) and Eastern Bering Sea Tanner (EBT).
- '*' in the table means the TAC has not yet been announced by the State of Alaska or the fishery is not open, therefore, pools cannot be computed at this time.
- By direction of Congress, in 2006 NOAA Fisheries issued to one program participant "conditional" PQS units for BBR and BSS fisheries. This PQS will only be part of a pool and result in annual IPQ in years when the TAC exceeds specific amounts.
- For "regionalized" fisheries, computing accurate, matching amounts of Class A CVO IFQ and IPQ within each region required using separately computed regional ratios of PQS:IPQ. The resulting IPQ fishery caps for the fishery year are the greater number of IPQ pounds derived from either the North or South (or, for WAG, West or Undesignated) PQS:IPQ ratio applied to the number of PQS units in the PQS Use Cap.