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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ35 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska to Modify Pollock and Pacific Cod Seasonal Allocations 
Abstract:

In response to a recommendation by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, this proposed action would modify the seasonal allocation of pollock and Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska (GOA). The purpose of this action is to reduce operational and management inefficiencies for pollock and Pacific cod catcher vessels (CVs) using trawl gear in the Central and Western GOA by 1) reducing regulatory time gaps between the pollock fishery A and B seasons and C and D seasons and 2) changing seasonal Pacific cod apportionments in the GOA to allow greater harvest opportunities earlier in the year. Modifying the seasonal allocations of pollock and Pacific cod could allow participants in these fisheries to more fully harvest the pollock and Pacific cod TAC in the GOA, increase management flexibility, and potentially decrease prohibited species catch while not redistributing fishing opportunities between management areas or harvest sectors.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 679   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  02/06/2020  85 FR 6890   
NPRM  02/28/2020  85 FR 11939   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/30/2020 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  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
Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov