Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program Amendment Summaries
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Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program Amendment Summaries

  • 2021

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    The fishery management program in the North Pacific is widely considered to be among the best in the world and has resulted in over 40 years of sustainable and profitable fisheries off Alaska. Program policies and measures are developed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council through the preparation and maintenance of fishery management plans (FMPs) and recommend changes to Federal regulations. The Council frequently recommends changes to its FMPs and to Federal regulations to respond to new scientific information, changes in the environment, changes in policy, and operational changes in the fisheries. The amendments are developed through the Council’s open and transparent regulatory process and implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Alaska Regional Office. The existing management program has evolved greatly over time, with the FMPs and regulations being built and modified meeting by meeting, amendment by amendment. To fully appreciate and understand this evolution, Council staff has prepared summaries of each regulatory amendment to the Halibut and Sablefish Fixed-Gear IFQ Program. These summaries provide an overview of the purpose and need, analysis, regulation, and results of each action.

    Two previous volumes of amendment summaries have been completed—one for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish FMP in May 2016 and a second for the Gulf of Alaska Groundfish FMP in April 2019.

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