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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI90 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Align the Prosecution of the Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod Fishery; Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area 
Abstract: This proposed action would further revise Federal regulations associated with the management of the Aleutian Islands (AI) Pacific cod fishery which implemented Amendment 113 to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). Amendment 113 modified the management of the BSAI Pacific cod fishery to establish a harvest set-aside, subject to certain conditions, of a portion of the annual AI Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) for catcher vessels (CVs) delivering Pacific cod to shoreside processors located in the AI. This action proposes to revise the catch accounting procedures associated with the AI Pacific cod fishery to ensure that AI Pacific cod caught in the "AI Unrestricted Fishery" does not diminish the amount of AI Pacific cod available for harvest under the set-aside. Such revisions would ensure that the prosecution of the AI Pacific cod fishery aligns with the Council's original objective of providing stability to AI fish harvesters, AI shoreside fish processing operations, and AI fishing communities dependent on AI Pacific cod harvesting and shoreside processing activity. The National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) overall management of the BS and AI Pacific cod fisheries would not change, and NMFS would continue to manage these fisheries under the annual Pacific cod TACs and apportionments as established annually through the BSAI groundfish harvest specifications. NMFS intends this rule to be effective for the 2020 BSAI groundfish fisheries. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 679   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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