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Unified Agenda 0648-AY33

Amendment 34 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs

Summary

Amendment 34 to the FMP would amend the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program to exempt additional fishery participants from harvest limits, called sideboards, which apply to some vessels that participate in Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries. Amendment 34 would revise the criteria that enable some vessels to operate exempt from sideboards in the Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fishery. Amendment 34 would also establish criteria to enable certain vessels to operate exempt from sideboards in the Gulf of Alaska pollock fishery. The current sideboards impose an economic burden on some fishery participants that received relatively small amounts of quota share in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program and are dependent on Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod or pollock fisheries. This action is intended to promote the goals of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.

Timeline

4 actions from March 14th, 2011 to June 2011

  • March 14th, 2011
  • March 28th, 2011
  • April 27th, 2011
    • NPRM Comment Period End
  • June 2011
    • Final Action

Contacts

  • Robert Mecum
    Deputy Acting Administrator
    Phone 907 586-7221
    Fax 907 586-7249
    709 W. 9th Street, Room 420,
    Juneau AK 99802

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