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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF84 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Amendment 103 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska to Reapportion Chinook Salmon Prohibited Catch in the Gulf of Alaska Trawl Fisheries 
Abstract:

This action would allow the National Marine Fisheries Service to reapportion unused Chinook salmon prohibited species catch within and between trawl sectors in the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries to reduce the potential for early fishery closures. Amendments 93 and 97 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and implementing regulations established Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limits for pollock and non-pollock trawl fisheries. If a sector reaches a prohibited species catch limit, the fishery is closed for the remainder of the fishing year--currently, the fishery management plan and regulations do not allow NMFS to reapportion unused Chinook salmon prohibited species catch among trawl sectors. Specifically, this action would: allow the National Marine Fisheries Service to reapportion remaining Chinook salmon prohibited species catch among trawl catcher vessel sectors and from the trawl catcher/processor sector to trawl catcher vessel sectors based on criteria established for inseason reapportionments and within specified limits; increase management flexibility without exceeding the current overall 32,500 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limit or negating the current prohibited species catch limits under Amendments 93 and 97; and increase the likelihood that groundfish resources are more fully harvested, and minimize the adverse socioeconomic impacts of the fishery closures on harvesters, processors, and communities.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 679   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 3631 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.    Pub. L. 08-199   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  05/26/2016  81 FR 33456   
NPRM  06/16/2016  81 FR 39237   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/18/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
James Balsiger
Regional Administrator, Alaska Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
709 West Ninth Street,
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone:907 586-7221
Fax:907 586-7465
Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov