Fishery Management Plan (FMP) Amendments

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Arctic FMP -FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area (PDF)
Notice of Availability Analysis Corrections Approval/Final Rule
Amendment 2

83 FR 9257, 03/05/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) submitted Amendment 115 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, Amendment 105 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Amendment 49 to the FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs, Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ Off Alaska, and Amendment 2 to the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area. Comment period through May 4, 2018.

Final EA Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendments for: Approved: 05/31/2018
Amendment 1

77 FR 47356, 08/07/2012
Notice of availability of EFH amendments: Groundfish BSAI Amendment 98, Groundfish GOA Amendment 90, BSAI Crab Amendment 40, Scallop Amendment 15, and Arctic Amendment 1. Comment period through October 9, 2012.

EA for EFH Omnibus Amendments:, FONSI Approved: 10/31/2012

74 FR 27498, 06/09/2009
Proposed rule to implement the Fishery Management Plan for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area and KTC Amendment 29. Comment period through July 27, 2009.

74 FR 24757, 05/26/2009
Notice of availability of the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area and Amendment 29 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs. Public comment period through July 27, 2009.

EA/RIR/FRFA for the Arctic FMP and Amendment 29, FONSI Approved: 08/17/2009
BSAI Crab FMP -FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (PDF)
Notice of Availability Analysis Corrections Approval/Final Rule
Amendment 49

83 FR 9257, 03/05/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) submitted Amendment 115 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, Amendment 105 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Amendment 49 to the FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs, Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ Off Alaska, and Amendment 2 to the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area. Comment period through May 4, 2018.

Final EA Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendments for: Approved: 05/31/2018
Amendment 48

82 FR 39743, 08/22/2017
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 48 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs and a regulatory amendment to revise regulations implementing the American Fishereis Act (AFA) Program and the Crab Rationalization (CR) Program. This proposed rule would revise how NMFS determines the amount of limited access privileges held and used by groups in the CDQ program for the purposes of managing excessive share limits under the AFA Program and the CR Program. Comment period through September 21, 2017.

82 FR 36111, 08/03/2017
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 48. If approved, this amendment would revise the Crab FMP to specify how NMFS determines the amount of limited access privileges held and used by groups in the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program for the purpose of managing the excessive share limits under the Crab Rationalization Program. Comment period through October 2, 2017.

Final RIR for Amendment 48 to the FMP for King and Tanner Crab: Community Development Quota Program Ownership Attribution, CE Approved: 10/31/17
Amendment 47

81 FR 62850, 09/13/2016
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 47. If approved, this amendment would exempt eastern and western C. bairdi Tanner Crab that is custom processed at a facility through contractual arrangements with the processing facility owners from being applied against the individual processing quota use cap of the processing facility owners. Comment period through November 14, 2016.

81 FR 65615, 09/23/2016
Proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 47. This proposed rule addresses how individual processing quota (IPQ) use caps apply to the Bering Sea Chionoecetes bairdi Tanner crab fisheries: The eastern C. bairdi Tanner (EBT) and the western C. bairdi Tanner (WBT). Comment period through October 24, 2016.

RIR for Amendment 47 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs: Exempt custom processing from the C. bairdi Tanner crab IPQ use caps, CE Approved: 12/06/2016
Amendment 46

80 FR 7816, 02/12/2015
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 108, GOA Amendment 100, and KTC Amendment 46. These amendments would correct the text in the FMPs that establish vessel length limits for small vessels exempted from the License Limitation Program (LLP) consistent with the original intent of the LLP, current fisheries operations, and Federal regulations. Comment period through April 13, 2015.

Analysis for Proposed Amendment 108 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, , CE Approved: 04/27/2015
Amendment 45

80 FR 7817, 02/12/2015
Proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 45 to establish, for a limited period of time, a process to remove Pacific cod catch limits, known as sideboard limits, for certain hook-and-line catcher/processors. Comment period through March 16, 2015.

80 FR 5499, 02/02/2015
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 45 to establish, for a limited period of time, a process to remove Pacific cod catch limits, known as sideboard limits, for certain hook-and-line catcher/processors. Comment period through April 3, 2015.

Final RIR/IRFA for Amendment 45 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crab: Approved: 04/29/2015
Amendment 44

80 FR 63950, 10/22/2015
Proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 44 and a regulatory amendment that would modify regulations governing the Crab Rationalization Program. Comment period through November 23, 2015.

80 FR 61152, 10/09/2015
Notice of availability that KTC Amendment 44 has been submitted to the Secretary of Commerce for review. Amendment 44 would modify required right of first refusal contract terms that provide eligible crab community entities with the opportunity to purchase certain processor quota shares and other associated assets when they are proposed for sale. Comment period through December 8, 2015.

RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 44 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs Approved: 01/01/2016
Amendment 43

79 FR 49487, 08/21/2014
Notice of availability of Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 43 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs. If approved, Amendment 103 would prohibit directed fishing for Pacific cod in the Pribilof Islands Habitat Conservation Zone. Amendment 43 would revise the rebuilding plan for Pribilof Islands blue king crab. Comment period through October 20, 2014.

Draft RIR/IRFA for Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 43 to the BSAI Crab FMP, EA for Proposed Amendment 43 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs and Proposed Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, FONSI Approved: 11/14/2014
Amendment 42

78 FR 17341, 03/21/2013
Proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 42 to revise the annual economic data reports currently required of participants in the Crab Rationalization Program fisheries. Comment period through April 22, 2013.

78 FR 15677, 03/12/2013
Notice of Availability for KTC Amendment 42. Amendment 42 would revise the annual economic data reports currently required of participants in the Crab Rationalization Program fisheries. Comment period through May 13, 2013.

Draft RIR/IRFA Proposed Amendment 42 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs Approved: 06/05/2013
Amendment 41

78 FR 6279, 01/30/2013
NMFS proposes regulations to implement KTC Amendment 41. If approved, these regulations will amend BSAI CR Program by establishing a process whereby holders of regionally designated IFQ and IPQ in six CR Program fisheries may receive an exemption from regional delivery requirements in the North or South Region. Comment period through March 1, 2013.

77 FR 74161, 12/13/2012
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 41. Comment period through February 11, 2013.

RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 41 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs Emergency Exemptions from Regional Landing Requirements, CE Approved: 03/13/2013
Amendment 40

77 FR 47356, 08/07/2012
Notice of availability of EFH amendments: Groundfish BSAI Amendment 98, Groundfish GOA Amendment 90, BSAI Crab Amendment 40, Scallop Amendment 15, and Arctic Amendment 1. Comment period through October 9, 2012.

EA for EFH Omnibus Amendments:, FONSI Approved: 10/31/2012
Amendment 39

76 FR 25295, 05/04/2011
Notice of availability of KTC Amendments 38 and 39 to specify annual catch limits and accountability measures for each crab stock. Comment period through July 5, 2011.

EA for Proposed Amendment 38 (Annual Catch Limits) and Amendment 39 (Snow crab rebuilding plan) Approved: 8/2/2011
Amendment 38

76 FR 25295, 05/04/2011
Notice of availability of KTC Amendments 38 and 39 to specify annual catch limits and accountability measures for each crab stock. Comment period through July 5, 2011.

EA for Proposed Amendment 38 (Annual Catch Limits) and Amendment 39 (Snow crab rebuilding plan) Approved: 8/2/2011
Amendment 37

76 FR 8700, 02/15/2011
Proposed regulations to implement KTC Amendment 37 to amend the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program by establishing a process for eligible contract signatories to request that NMFS exempt holders of West-designated IFQ and Individual Processor Quota (IPQ) in the Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab fishery from the West regional delivery requirements. Comment period through April 1, 2011.

76 FR 5556, 02/01/2011
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 37 and the Program by establishing a process for eligible fishery participants to request that NMFS exempt holders of West-designated IFQ and Individual Processor Quota (IPQ) in the Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab fishery from the West regional delivery requirements. Comment period through April 4, 2011.

RIR/IRFA for an Exemption to West Region Landing Requirement in the Western Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab Fishery and for a Proposed Regulatory Amendment to Implement Amendment 37 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs, CE Approved 4/25/2011
Amendment 34

76 FR 17088, 03/28/2011
Proposed regulations to implement KTC Amendment 34. Comment period through April 27, 2011.

76 FR 13593, 03/14/2011
Notice of availability of proposed KTC Amendment 34. If approved, Amendment 34 would amend the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program to exempt additional recipients of crab quota share from GOA Pacific cod and pollock harvest limits, called sideboards, which apply to some vessels and LLP licenses that are used to participate in these fisheries. Comment period through May 13, 2011.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendment 34 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs to Revise Crab Sideboard Exemptions Approved: 6/3/2011
Amendment 33

74 FR 26183, 06/01/2009
Notice of availability of Amendment 33 to the FMP for the BSAI King and Tanner Crabs to reduce the amount of fees collected under the Crab Rationalization Program. Comment period through July 31, 2009.

Categorical Exclusion for Amendment 33 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs Approved: 9/10/2009
Amendment 31

79 FR 77427, 12/24/2014
Proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 31 to make several changes to regulations governing the acquisition, use, and retention of quota share established for captains and crew, known as crew quota share or C shares, under the Crab Rationalization Program. Comment period through January 23, 2015.

79 FR 74058, 12/15/2014
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 31. If approved, this Amendment would temporarily expand eligibility requirements for individuals to acquire C share QS, minimum participation requirements, and establishes an administrative process to revoke individual C shares. Comment period through February 13, 2015.

RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 31 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs Approved: 03/12/2015
Amendment 30

76 FR 49423, 08/10/2011
Proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 30. Comment period through September 9, 2011.

76 FR 44297, 07/25/2011
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 30 and the Crab Rationalization Program to modify procedures for producing and submitting documents that are required under the arbitration system. Comment period through September 23, 2011.

RIR/FRFA for a Regulatory Amendment to Implement Amendment 30 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs, Approved: 11/4/2011
Amendment 29

74 FR 24757, 05/26/2009
Notice of availability of the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area and Amendment 29 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs. Public comment period through July 27, 2009.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for the Arctic Fishery Management Plan and Amendment 29 Approved: 08/17/2009
Amendment 28

73 FR 75661, 12/12/2008
Proposed regulation to implement KTC Amendment 28 to amend the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program to allow post-delivery transfers of all types of Individual Fishing Quota  and Individual Processor Quota to cover overages. Comment period through January 26, 2009.

73 FR 71598, 11/25/2008
Notice of Availability of KTC Amendment 28 to amend the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program to allow post-delivery transfers of all types of IFQ and IPQ to cover overages. Comment period through January 24, 2009. (Note: The date is incorrect on FR notice).

RIR/FRFA of a Provision Allowing Post-Delivery Transfer of Shares for a Regulatory Amendment to Implement Amendment 28 Approval: 02/23/2009
Amendment 27

73 FR 54346, 09/19/2008
Proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 27 to  implement the statutory requirements of section 122(e) of the M-S Act that specifically directs NMFS to modify how IPQ use caps apply to a person who is custom processing Chionoecetes opilio crab in the North Region, clarify that for other crab fisheries, IPQ crab that is processed at a facility through contractual arrangements with the facility owners would not be applied against the IPQ use cap of the facility owners provided specific conditions are met, and modify IPQ use caps that limit the amount of IPQ that may be used at a facility by persons processing Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king crab and Western Aleutian Islands red king crab. Comment period through November 3, 2008.

73 FR 52806, 09/11/2008
Notice of Availability of KTC Amendment 27 to  implement the statutory requirements of section 122(e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act that specifically directs NMFS to modify how IPQ use caps apply to a person who is custom processing Chionoecetes opilio crab in the North Region, clarify that for other crab fisheries, IPQ crab that is processed at a facility through contractual arrangements with the facility owners would not be applied against the IPQ use cap of the facility owners provided specific conditions are met, and modify IPQ use caps that limit the amount of IPQ that may be used at a facility by persons processing Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king crab and Western Aleutian Islands red king crab. Comment period through November 10, 2008.

Draft RIR/IRFA for Amendment 27 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs Approved: 05/28/2009
Amendment 26

73 FR 16830, 03/31/2008
Proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 26 would amend the FMP to exempt permanently quota share issued to crew members, and the annual harvest privileges derived from that quota share, from requirements for delivery to specific processors, delivery within specific geographic regions, and participation in an arbitration system to resolve price disputes. Comment period through May 15, 2008.

73 FR 15118, 03/21/2008
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 26 to amend the FMP to exempt permanently quota share issued to crew members, and the annual harvest privileges derived from that quota share, from requirements for delivery to specific processors, delivery within specific geographic regions, and participation in an arbitration system to resolve price disputes.. Comments period through May 20, 2008.

Draft RIR/IRFA of a Provision Exempting C Shares from Processor Share Approved: 07/21/2008
Amendment 25

73 FR 8838, 02/14/2008
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 25 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs. Comment period through March 17, 2008.

72 FR 5255, 02/05/2007
Notice of Availability of Amendment 25 to the FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs. Comment period through April 6, 2007.

RIR for a Proposed Regulatory Amendment to the Crab Rationalization Program Approved: 04/12/2007
Amendment 24

73 FR 14766, 03/19/2008
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 24 to specify a five-tier system for determining the status of the crab stocks managed under the FMP, establish a process for annually assigning each crab stock to a tier and for setting the overfishing and overfished levels, and reduce the number of crab stocks managed under the FMP. Comment period through May 19, 2008.

EA for Proposed Amendment 24 to the BSAI Groundfish FMP to Revise Overfishing Definitions Approved: 06/06/2008
Amendment 23

72 FR 65539, 11/21/2007
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 88 and revise the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area boundary. Revisions to the AIHCA also are described in the proposed KTC Amendment 23, Scallop Amendment 12, and Salmon Amendment 9. No regulatory amendments are needed for implementing these FMP amendments due to a prohibition on using nonpelagic trawl gear in the crab, scallop, and salmon fisheries. Comment period through January 7, 2008.

72 FR 63871, 11/13/2007
Notice of Availability of Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area Revision: BSAI Amendment 88, KTC Amendment 23, Scallop Amendment 12, and Salmon Amendment 9. Comment period on these amendments through January 14, 2008.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendments 88, 23, 12, 9, and regulatory amendments to revise the AI habitat conservation area Approved: 02/04/2008
Amendment 21

71 FR 20378, 04/20/2006
Proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 21 proposes a change to the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program would modify the timing for harvesters and processors to match harvesting and processing shares and the timing for initiating arbitration proceedings incorporated in the Program to resolve price and other delivery disputes. Comment period through June 5, 2006.

71 FR 16278, 03/31/2006
Notice of Availability of KTC Amendment 21 proposes a change to the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program (Program). If approved, Amendment 21 and its implementing rule would modify the timing for harvesters and processors to match harvesting and processing shares and the timing for initiating arbitration proceedings incorporated in the Program to resolve price and other delivery disputes. Comment period through May 30, 2006.

FRFA for Amendment 21 to the FMP for the BSAI King and Tanner Crabs Approved: 06/30/2006
Amendment 20

71 FR 14153, 03/21/2006
Notice of proposed rule to implement KTC Amendment 20 would modify the allocation of harvesting shares and processing shares for Bering Sea Tanner crab Chionoecetes bairdi (Tanner crab) to allow this species to be managed as two separate stocks. Comment period through May 5, 2006.

71 FR 9770, 02/27/2006
Notice of Availability of KTC Amendment 20 to modify the allocation of harvesting shares and processing shares for Bering Sea Tanner crab. Comment period through April 28, 2006.

FRFA for Amendment 20 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs, EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 20 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs, FONSI Approved: 05/25/2006
Amendment 19

69 FR 63200, 10/28/2004
Proposed regulations to implement Amendments 18 and 19 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs. Amendments 18 and 19 amend the FMP to include the Voluntary Three-Pie Cooperative Program (the Crab Rationalization Program). Comments must be received no later than December 13, 2004.

69 FR 53998, 09/01/2004
Notice of Availability of Amendments 18 and 19 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs to implement the Voluntary Three-Pie Cooperative Program to allocate BSAI crab resources.

FRFA for the Crab Rationalization Program for the BSAI King and Tanner Crabs, EIS for the BSAI King and Tanner Crab Fisheries Correction: 06/08/2005

Effective: 04/01/2005
Amendment 18

69 FR 63200, 10/28/2004
Proposed regulations to implement Amendments 18 and 19 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs. Amendments 18 and 19 amend the FMP to include the Voluntary Three-Pie Cooperative Program (the Crab Rationalization Program). Comments must be received no later than December 13, 2004.

69 FR 53998, 09/01/2004
Notice of Availability of Amendments 18 and 19 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs to implement the Voluntary Three-Pie Cooperative Program to allocate BSAI crab resources.

FRFA for the Crab Rationalization Program for the BSAI King and Tanner Crabs, EIS for the BSAI King and Tanner Crab Fisheries Correction: 06/08/2005

Effective: 04/01/2005
Amendment 17

68 FR 70484, 12/18/2003
Notice of Availability for proposed KTC Amendment 17, rebuilding of overfished fisheries for the BSAI king and tanner crab. Comment period through February 17, 2004.

EA for BSAI Crab Amendment 17: A Rebuilding Plan for the Pribilof Islands Blue King Crab Stock Approved: 03/18/2004
Amendment 16

, Amendment 12

71 FR 14470, 03/22/2006
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendments 78 and 65, GOA Amendments 73 and 65, KTCAmendments 16 and 12, Scallop Amendments 7 and 9, and Salmon Amendments 7 and 8. These amendments, if approved, would revise the FMPs by identifying and describing essential fish habitat (EFH), designating habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs), and including measures to minimize to the extent practicable adverse effects on EFH. Comment period through May 8, 2006.

71 FR 6031, 02/06/2006
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendments 78/65; GOA 73/65; KTC 16/12; Scallop 7/9/11; and Salmon 7/8. These amendments would revise the FMPs by identifying and authorizing protection measures for essential fish habitat (EFH) and habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs) and update the biological and management information in the scallop FMP. Comment period through April 7, 2006.

EA/RIR for Amendment 12 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ Off the Coast of Alaska, Amendment 12 FONSI, Amendments 10 and 11 CE Approved: 05/03/2006
Amendment 15

65 FR 52405, 08/29/2000
Notice of Availability for KTC Amendment 15, St. Matthew Blue King Crab Rebuilding Plan. Comment period through October 30, 2000.

EA for Proposed BSAI Crab Amendment 15 - A Rebuilding Plan for the St. Matthew Blue King Crab Stock Approved: 11/29/2000
Amendment 14

65 FR 58501, 09/29/2000
Notice of Availability for KTC Amendment 14, Rebuilding Plan for the overfished stock of Bering Sea snow crab. Comment period through November 28, 2000

EA for Proposed BSAI Crab Amendment 14 - A Rebuilding Plan for the Bering Sea Snow Crab (C. opilio) Stock Approved: 12/28/2000
Amendment 13

66 FR 65028, 12/17/2001
Proposed Rule to implement Amendments BSAI 61/GOA 61/KTC 13/SCAL 8 to incorporate provisions of the AFA into FMPs. Comment period through January 31, 2002.

66 FR 59225, 11/27/2001
Notice of Availability for BSAI 61/GOA 61/KTC 13/SCAL 8 to incorporate provisions of the AFA into FMPs. Comment period through January 28, 2002.

EA/RIR for Amendments 61/61/13/8, EIS for American Fisheries Act Amendments 61/61/13/8 Partially Approved: 02/27/2002
Amendment 11

65 FR 11973, 03/07/2000
Notice of Availability for KTC Amendment 11 to implement a rebuilding plan to rebuild the overfished stock. Comment period through May 8, 2000.

EA for Proposed BSAI Crab Amendment 11 - A Rebuilding Plan for the Bering Sea Tanner Crab Stock Approved: 06/08/2000
Amendment 10

66 FR 3976, 01/17/2001
Notice of Availability of  BSAI 60, GOA 58, and KTC 10.  These plan amendments are necessary to implement changes to the License Limitation Program. Comment period through March 19, 2001.

66 FR 17397, 03/30/2001
Proposed rule to implement BSAI 60, GOA 58 and KTC 10 - LLP. Comment period through April 30, 2001.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendments 60/58/10: Analysis of Proposed License Limitation Amendment Package Approved: 04/18/2001
Amendment 9

63 FR 63442, 11/12/1998
Proposed rule to implement Amendments 59/57/9 to extend the Vessel Moratorium Program through 12/99, 12/14/98.

RIR for FMP Amendments Extending the Vessel Moratorium for the Groundfish and Crab Fisheries in and Off Alaska Approved: 12/16/1998
Amendment 8

63 FR 56601, 10/21/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 55/55/8/5/5 to describe Essential Fish Habitat in Alaska and identify risks to certain fisheries, 12/21/98.

EA of Amendments 55/55/8/5 to the BSA/GOA/KTC and Scallop FMPs Approved: 01/20/1999
Amendment 7

63 FR 66112, 11/30/1998
Notice of Availability for Amendment 7 for the Crab FMP and Amendment 6 for the Scallop FMP of revisions of definitions for overfishing, MSY and OY, 2/1/99

EA for BSAI Crab FMP Amendment 7 to Revise Definitions of Overfishing MSY and OY Approved: 03/03/1999
Amendment 6

61 FR 36702, 07/12/1996
Notice of availability for NMFS to review the repeal of the North Pacific Research Plan, BSAI 47/GOA 47/KTC 6. Comment period through September 9, 1996.

61 FR 40380, 08/02/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule that would implement BSAI Amendment 47, GOA Amendment 47 and KTC Amendment 6 - interim observer program. Comment period through September 16, 1996.

EA For Amendments 47/47/6 Approved: 10/03/1996
Amendment 5

62 FR 43866, 08/15/1997
Proposed rule to implement Amendments BSAI 39/GOA 41/KTC 5 to establish the License Limitation Program and expand the CDQ Program. Comment period through September 29, 1997.

62 FR 32579, 06/16/1997
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 39, GOA Amendment 41, and KTC Amendment 5. Comment period through August 15, 1997.

Amendment 4

60 FR 22542, 05/08/1995
Notice of availability of Amendment 23 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, revised Amendment 28 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, and revised Amendment 4 to the FMP for Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries in the BSAI. Comment period through June 1, 1995.

59 FR 28827, 06/02/1994
Proposed rule to implement Amendments BSAI 23/GOA 28/KTC 4, a moratorium for a temporary period on the entry of new vessels into the groundfish, crab, and halibut fisheries. Comment period through July 15, 1994. 

EA/RIR for Amendments 23/28/4 Correction: 09/12/1995

Approved: 09/11/1995
Amendment 3

59 FR 26780, 05/24/1994
Notice of availability of Amendment 30 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, Amendment 27 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, and Amendment 3 to the FMP for the Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries of the BSAI. These amendments would incorporate the provisions of the North Pacific Fisheries Research Plan into each FMP. Comment period through July 18, 1994.

EA/RIR for the North Pacific Fisheries Research Plan FMP Amendments 27/30/3 for a Regulatory Amendment to the Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations: Approved: 08/15/1994
Amendment 2

Amendment 1

55 FR 49673, 11/30/1990
KTC Amendment 1 examines the following four alternative means of defining overfishing for 17 crab stocks in the BSAI: (1) The status quo, (2) constant fishing mortality rate with a threshold, (3) constant fishing mortality rate (the preferred alternative by the NPFMC), and (4) variable fishing mortality rate. Comment period through January 28, 1991.

BSAI Groundfish FMP -FMP for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (PDF)
Notice of Availability Analysis Corrections Approval/Final Rule
Amendment 117

83 FR 13117, 03/27/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 117 to the BSAI Groundfish FMP and Amendment 106 to the GOA Groundfish FMP to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendments 117/106 would classify squid in these FMPs under the ecosystem component category. Comment period through May 29, 2018.

Final Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review for Proposed Amendment 117(BSAI) and 106 (GOA) to the Fishery Management Plans for Bering Sea Aleutian Islands Groundfish and Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Effective: 08/06/2018
Amendment 116

83 FR 28604, 06/21/2018
Correction to a proposed rule that published on June 6, 2018, to limit access to the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Trawl Limited Access Sector yellowfin sole directed fishery by vessels that deliver their catch of yellowfin sole to motherships for processing. Comment period through July 6, 2018.

83 FR 26237, 06/06/2018
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 116 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP). Comment period through July 6, 2018.

83 FR 23250, 05/18/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 116 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendment 116 would limit access to the BSAI Trawl Limited Access Sector yellowfin sole directed fishery by vessels delivering to motherships. Comment period through July 17, 2018.

Final Regulatory Impact Review/Environmental Assessment for Amendment 116 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish of the BSAI Approved 08/10/2018
Amendment 115

83 FR 9257, 03/05/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) submitted Amendment 115 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, Amendment 105 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Amendment 49 to the FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs, Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ Off Alaska, and Amendment 2 to the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area. Comment period through May 4, 2018.

Final EA Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendments for: Approved: 05/31/2018
Amendment 114

82 FR 13302, 03/10/2017
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 114 and GOA Amendment 104. If approved, these amendments would integrate electronic monitoring into the North Pacific Observer Program. Comment period through May 9, 2017.

82 FR 14853, 03/23/2017
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 114 and GOA Amendment 104. If approved, these Amendments would integrate electronic monitoring into the North Pacific Observer Program. Comment period through May 22, 2017.

BSAI Amendment 114 GOA 104 EA RIR, EA/RIR for Amendment 114 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 104 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA: Analysis to Integrate Electronic Monitoring into the North Pacific Observer Program, FONSI Approved: 06/05/17
Amendment 113

81 FR 50444, 08/01/2016
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 113. This rule would modify the BSAI Pacific cod fishery to set aside a portion of the Aleutian Islands (AI) Pacific cod TAC for harvest by vessels directed fishing for AI Pacific cod and delivering their catch for processing to shoreside processors located on land west of 170 W. longitude in the AI. Comment period through August 31, 2016.

81 FR 46883, 07/19/2016
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 113.  Comment period through September 19, 2016.

RIR/EA for Amendment 113 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, FONSI Approved: 10/17/2016
Amendment 112

80 FR 78705, 12/17/2015
Notice of availability for Amendment 112 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 102 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA. If approved, these amendments would modify the criteria for NMFS to place small catcher/processors in the partial observer coverage category. Comment period through February 16, 2016.

80 FR 81262, 12/29/2015
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 112, GOA Amendment 102, and revise regulations for observer coverage requirements for certain small catcher/processors in the BSAI and GOA. Comment period through January 28, 2016.

Final RIR for Amendment 112 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 102 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Correction: 01/22/2016

Approved: 03/11/2016
Amendment 111

80 FR 66486, 10/29/2015
Notice of availability that BSAI Amendment 111 has been submitted to the Secretary of Commerce for review. This amendment would reduce bycatch limits by specific amounts for four groundfish sectors: The A80 sector, the BSAI trawl limited access sector, the BSAI non-trawl sector, and the Western Alaska CDQ sector. Comment period through December 28, 2015.

80 FR 71650, 11/16/2015
Proposed regulations to implement BSAI Amendment 111. The proposed rule would reduce bycatch limits, also known as PSC limits, for Pacific halibut in the BSAI groundfish fisheries by specific amounts in four groundfish sectors. Comment period through December 16, 2015.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 111, FONSI Approved: 01/20/2016
Amendment 110

81 FR 897, 01/08/2016
Notice of availability that the NPFMC has submitted Amendment 110 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI for approval. If approved, this amendment would improve the management of Chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery by creating a comprehensive salmon bycatch avoidance program. Comment period through March 8, 2016.

81 FR 5681, 02/03/2016
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 110. This amendment would improve the management of Chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the BSAI pollock fishery by creating a comprehensive salmon bycatch avoidance program. Comment period through March 4, 2016.

EA/RIR for Proposed Amendment 110 to the FMP four Groundfish of the BSAI: Bering Sea Chinook salmon and Chum salmon bycatch management measures, FONSI Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 110 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI: Bering Sea Chinook and chum salmon bycatch management measures Approved: 03/29/2016
Amendment 109

81 FR 3374, 01/21/2016
Notice of availability that the NPFMC has submitted BSAI Amendment 109 for approval. If approved, this amendment would support increased participation in local small-scale groundfish fisheries managed under the Western Alaska CDQ program. Comment period through March 21, 2016.

81 FR 6489, 02/08/2016
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 109. If approved, this amendment would support increased participation in local small-scale groundfish fisheries managed under the Western Alaska CDQ program. Comment period through March 9, 2016.

Final RIR/EA for Amendment 109 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI: , FONSI Draft RIR/IRFA/EA for proposed Amendment 109 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI: Pacific Cod Community Development Quota Fishery Development Effective: 06/03/16
Amendment 108

80 FR 7816, 02/12/2015
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 108, GOA Amendment 100, and KTC Amendment 46. These amendments would correct the text in the FMPs that establish vessel length limits for small vessels exempted from the License Limitation Program (LLP) consistent with the original intent of the LLP, current fisheries operations, and Federal regulations. Comment period through April 13, 2015.

Analysis for Proposed Amendment 108 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, , CE Approved: 04/27/2015
Amendment 107

79 FR 59733, 10/03/2014
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 107 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI. This Amendment would establish seasonal transit areas for vessels designated on Federal Fisheries Permits through Walrus Protection Areas in northern Bristol Bay, AK. Comment period through November 3, 2014.

79 FR 57041, 09/24/2014
Notice of availability of Amendment 107 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI to establish seasonal transit areas for vessels designated on Federal Fisheries Permits through Walrus Protection Areas in northern Bristol Bay, AK. Comment period through November 24, 2014.

EA/RIR for Amendment 107 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, FONSI Approved: 12/19/2014
Amendment 106

79 FR 34696, 06/18/2014
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 106 that would allow AFA vessel owners to rebuild or replace their vessels without limitation to length, weight, or horsepower when the vessel is operating in the BSAI area. Comment period through August 4, 2014.

79 FR 31914, 06/03/2014
Notice of availability for BSAI Amendment 106. This amendment would allow AFA vessel owners to rebuild or replace their vessels and remove obsolete vessels from the fishery. Comment period through August 4, 2014.

RIR/IRFA for Amendment 106 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, CE Approved: 09/02/2014
Amendment 105

79 FR 36702, 06/30/2014
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 105.  If approved, Amendment 105 would establish a process for Western Alaska CDQ groups, and cooperatives established under the Amendment 80 Program, to exchange harvest quota from one of three flatfish species (flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin  sole) for an equal amount of another of these three flatfish species, while maintaining total catch below ABC limits. Comment period through July 30, 2014.

79 FR 33889, 06/13/2014
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 105.  If approved, Amendment 105 would establish a process for Western Alaska CDQ groups and cooperatives established under the Amendment 80 Program to exchange harvest quota from one of  three flatfish species (flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole) for an equal amount of another of these three flatfish species, while maintaining total catch below ABC limits for each species and below the sum of the TACs for all three species. Comment period through August 12, 2014.

RIR/IRFA for Amendment 105 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI Bering Sea Flatfish Harvest Specifications Flexibility, CE Approved: 09/11/2014
Amendment 104

79 FR 60802, 10/08/2014
Notice of availability that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 104 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI. If approved, this amendment would designate six areas of skate egg concentration as Habitat Areas of Particular Concern. Comment period through December 8, 2014.

EA for Amendment 104 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI - Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC) Areas of Skate Egg Concentration, FONSI Approved: 01/05/2015
Amendment 103

79 FR 51520, 08/28/2014
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 103 to close the Pribilof Islands Habitat Conservation Zone year-round to directed fishing for Pacific cod with pot gear to minimize bycatch and prevent overfishing of Pribilof Island blue king crab. Comment period through September 29, 2014.

79 FR 49487, 08/21/2014
Notice of availability of Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 43 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs. If approved, Amendment 103 would prohibit directed fishing for Pacific cod in the Pribilof Islands Habitat Conservation Zone. Amendment 43 would revise the rebuilding plan for Pribilof Islands blue king crab. Comment period through October 20, 2014.

Draft RIR/IRFA for Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 43 to the BSAI Crab FMP, EA for Proposed Amendment 43 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs and Proposed Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, FONSI Approved: 11/14/2014
Amendment 102

78 FR 68390, 11/14/2013
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 102 to create a CQE Program in halibut IFQ regulatory area 4B and the sablefish Aleutian Islands regulatory area. Comment period through December 16, 2013.

78 FR 65602, 11/01/2013
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 102 to implement a CQE program for sablefish in the BSAI similar to the existing program in the GOA. Comment period through December 31, 2013.

RIR/IRFA for an Amendment to Regulations that Implement the Halibut IFQ Program to Allow IFQ Derived From Category D QS to be Fished on Category C Vessels in Area 4B, RIR for Amendment 102 to the FMP for Groundfish in the BSAI to Establish a Community Quota Entity Program in Halibut Regulatory Area 4B and the Sablefish Aleutian Islands Regulatory Area, CE Approved: 01/30/2014
Amendment 100

79 FR 27557, 05/14/2014
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 100 and GOA Amendment 91.  This proposed action would add regulations to improve reporting of grenadiers, limit retention of grenadiers, and prevent direct fishing for grenadiers by federally permitted groundfish fishermen and is necessary to limit and monitor the incidental catch of grenadiers in the groundfish fisheries. Comment period through June 13, 2014.

79 FR 25558, 05/05/2014
Notice of availability of Amendment 100 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 91 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA to add grenadiers to the ecosystem component category. Comment period through July 7, 2014.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 100 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, and Amendment 91 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA: Adding Grenadiers (Family Macrouridae), FONSI Approved: 08/04/2014

Amendment 99

78 FR 63951, 10/25/2013
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 99 to enable the holders of LLP licenses authorizing a designated vessel to catch and process Pacific cod in the BSAI hook-and-line fisheries to use newly built or existing vessels that are not eligible under current vessel length and capacity restrictions. Comment period through November 25, 2013.

78 FR 59908, 09/30/2013
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 99 to enable the holders of LLP licenses authorizing a designated vessel to catch and process Pacific cod in the BSAI hook-and-line fisheries to use newly built or existing vessels that are not eligible under current vessel length and capacity restrictions. Comment period through November 29, 2013.

Secretarial Review Draft RIR for Amendment 99 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI: Adjust the Maximum LOA on BSAI Freezer Longline LLP Licenses Approved: 12/09/2013
Amendment 98

77 FR 47356, 08/07/2012
Notice of availability of EFH amendments: Groundfish BSAI Amendment 98, Groundfish GOA Amendment 90, BSAI Crab Amendment 40, Scallop Amendment 15, and Arctic Amendment 1. Comment period through October 9, 2012.

EA for EFH Omnibus Amendments:, FONSI Approved: 10/31/2012
Amendment 97

77 FR 20339, 04/04/2012
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 97 to allow the owners of non-AFA trawl catcher/processor vessels (also known as Amendment 80 vessels) authorized to participate in the Amendment 80 catch share program to replace these vessels with vessels that meet certain requirements. Comment period through 5 p.m. Alaska local time May 4, 2012.

77 FR 13253, 03/06/2012
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 97. If approved, Amendment 97 would allow owners of non-AFA trawl catcher/processor vessels (also known as Amendment 80 vessels) authorized to participate in the Amendment 80 catch share program to replace their vessels for any reason at any time. Comment period through May 7, 2012.

RIR/EA/IRFA for Amendment 97 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI: Approved: 02/17/2012
Amendment 96

75 FR 41424, 07/16/2010
Proposed regulations to implement BSAI Amendments 95 and 96 and GOA Amendment 87 to move skates from the "other species" category to the "target species" category, and to meet the National Standard 1 guidelines for annual catch limits and accountability measures. Comment period through August 30, 2010.

75 FR 38454, 07/02/2010
Notice of availability for BSAI Amendments 95 and 96 and GOA  Amendment 87  to move skates from the "other species" category to the "target species" category, and to meet the National Standard 1 guidelines for annual catch limits and accountability measures. Comment period through August 31, 2010.

EA for Amendment 96 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 87 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA , Draft RIR for a Regulatory Amendment to Clarify Certain Provisions Pertaining to the Harvest Specifications for Other Species Approved: 09/22/2010
Amendment 95

75 FR 41424, 07/16/2010
Proposed regulations to implement BSAI Amendments 95 and 96 and GOA Amendment 87 to move skates from the "other species" category to the "target species" category, and to meet the National Standard 1 guidelines for annual catch limits and accountability measures. Comment period through August 30, 2010.

75 FR 38454, 07/02/2010
Notice of availability for BSAI Amendments 95 and 96 and GOA  Amendment 87  to move skates from the "other species" category to the "target species" category, and to meet the National Standard 1 guidelines for annual catch limits and accountability measures. Comment period through August 31, 2010.

EA for Amendment 95 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI to Manage Skates, Draft RIR for a Regulatory Amendment to Clarify Certain Provisions Pertaining to the Harvest Specifications for Other Species Approved: 09/22/2010
Amendment 94

75 FR 41123, 07/15/2010
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 94 to require participants using nonpelagic trawl gear in the directed fishery for flatfish in the Bering Sea subarea to modify the trawl gear to raise portions of the gear off the ocean bottom. Amendment 94 also would change the boundaries of the Northern Bering Sea Research Area to establish the Modified Gear Trawl Zone and to expand the Saint Matthew Island Habitat Conservation Area. Comment period through August 30, 2010.

75 FR 37371, 06/29/2010
Notice that the NPFMC submitted BSAI Amendment 94 to require the use of modified nonpelagic trawl gear to directed fish for flatfish and would change the boundaries of the Northern Bering Sea Research Area to establish the Modified Gear Trawl Zone and to expand the Saint Matthew Island Habitat Conservation Area. Comment period through August 30, 2010.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendment 94 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI to Require Trawl Sweep Modification Approved: 09/17/2010
Amendment 93

76 FR 49417, 08/10/2011
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 93 to amend the BSAI Amendment 80 Program to modify the criteria for forming and participating in a harvesting cooperative. Comment period through September 9, 2011.

76 FR 45219, 07/28/2011
Notice of availability for BSAI Amendment 93 to amend the BSAI Amendment 80 Program to modify the criteria for forming and participating in a harvesting cooperative. Comment period through September 26, 2011.

Amendment 92

73 FR 79773, 12/30/2008
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 92 and GOA Amendment 82 to remove trawl gear endorsements on licenses issued under the license limitation program in specific management areas if those licenses have not been used on vessels that met minimum recent landing requirements using trawl gear. Comment period through February 13, 2009.

73 FR 75659, 12/12/2008
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 92 and GOA Amendment 82 to remove trawl gear endorsements on licenses issued under LLP in specific management areas. Comment period through February 10, 2009.

Draft RIR/EA/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 92 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 82 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, FONSI Approved: 03/16/2009
Amendment 91

75 FR 14016, 03/23/2010
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 91 to manage Chinook salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery. Comments must be received by May 7, 2010.

75 FR 7228, 02/18/2010
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 91 to manage Chinook salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery. Comment period through April 19, 2010.

IRFA for Bering Sea Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management, EIS/RIR for Bering Sea Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management, ROD Approved: 05/19/2010
Amendment 90

74 FR 254, 01/05/2009
Proposed regulations to implement BSAI Amendment 90 and GOA Amendment 78 to allow unlimited post-delivery transfers of cooperative quota. Comment period through February 17, 2009.

73 FR 76605, 12/17/2008
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 90 and GOA Amendment 78 to allow unlimited post-delivery transfers of cooperative quota. Comment period through February 17, 2009.

Draft RIR/FRFA for a Proposed Regulatory Amendment to Implement Amendment 90 to the FMP for BSAI Groundfish: Approved: 03/24/2009
Amendment 89

73 FR 12357, 03/07/2008
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 89 to establish Bering Sea habitat conservation measures prohibiting nonpelagic trawling in certain waters of the Bering Sea subarea and establishing the Northern Bering Sea Research Area. Comment period through April 21, 2008.

73 FR 10415, 02/27/2008
Notice of Availability of proposed BSAI Amendment 89 to establish Bering Sea habitat conservation measures, prohibiting nonpelagic trawling in certain waters of the Bering Sea subarea and establishing the Northern Bering Sea Research Area. Comment period through April 28, 2008.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendment 89 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 89 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI Approval: 05/19/2008
Amendment 88

72 FR 65539, 11/21/2007
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 88 and revise the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area boundary. Revisions to the AIHCA also are described in the proposed KTC Amendment 23, Scallop Amendment 12, and Salmon Amendment 9. No regulatory amendments are needed for implementing these FMP amendments due to a prohibition on using nonpelagic trawl gear in the crab, scallop, and salmon fisheries. Comment period through January 7, 2008.

72 FR 63871, 11/13/2007
Notice of Availability of Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area Revision: BSAI Amendment 88, KTC Amendment 23, Scallop Amendment 12, and Salmon Amendment 9. Comment period on these amendments through January 14, 2008.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendments 88, 23, 12, 9, and regulatory amendments to revise the AI habitat conservation area Approved: 02/04/2008
Amendment 86

77 FR 22753, 04/17/2012
Notice of public hearings for a proposed rule to restructure the funding and deployment system for observers in North Pacific groundfish and halibut fisheries via BSAI Amendment 86 and GOA Amendment 76. Public hearings will be held in April and May, 2012.

77 FR 15019, 03/14/2012
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 86 and GOA Amendment 76. If approved, Amendments 86 and 76 would add a funding and deployment system for observer coverage to the existing North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program and amend existing observer coverage requirements for vessels and processing plants. Comment period through May 14, 2012.

EA/RIR/IRFA for BSAI Amendment 86 and GOA Amendment 76: Restructuring the Program for Observer Approved: 06/07/2012
Amendment 85

72 FR 5654, 02/07/2007
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 85 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI and to implement recent changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Comments must be received no later than March 26, 2007.

71 FR 70943, 12/07/2006
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendment 85 to revise the current BSAI Pacific cod allocations of TAC among various harvest sectors, modify the management of Pacific cod incidental catch in other non-target fisheries, eliminate the groundfish reserve for Pacific cod, increase the percentage of the BSAI Pacific cod TAC apportioned to the CDQ Program, and add a new appendix to the FMP that summarizes the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005. Comment period through February 5, 2007.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 85 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI: Correction: 10/24/2007

Correction: 05/13/2008

Approved: 03/07/2007
Amendment 84

72 FR 19454, 04/18/2007
Proposed rule for BSAI Amendment 84 to the regulations governing salmon bycatch. Comment period through June 4, 2007.

72 FR 14069, 03/26/2007
Notice of Availability of Amendment 84 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI. Comment period through May 25, 2007.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 84 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI: Modifying existing Chinook and chum salmon savings areas , FONSI Approved: 06/22/2007
Amendment 83

70 FR 15067, 03/24/2005
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendment 83 and GOA Amendment 75 to updated harvest, ecosystem, and socioeconomic information, consolidate text and reorganize the documents. Comment period through May 23, 2005.

Amendment 82

69 FR 70589, 12/07/2004
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 82 to the FMP for groundfish of the BSAI, to establish a framework for management of the Aleutian Islands subarea directed pollock fishery. Comment period through January 21, 2005.

69 FR 67107, 11/15/2004
Notice of Availability for proposed Amendment 82 to the FMP for groundfish of the BSAI, to establish a framework for management of the Aleutian Islands subarea directed pollock fishery. Comment period through January 18, 2005.

EA/RIR for Amendment 82 to the BSAI Groundfish FMP and regulatory amendments to allow the allocation of future Aleutian Islands pollock harvest to the Aleut Corporation as required by Public Law 108-199. Approved: 02/09/2005
Amendment 80

72 FR 30052, 05/30/2007
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 80 which primarily would allocate several BSAI non-pollock trawl groundfish fisheries among fishing sectors, and facilitate the formation of harvesting cooperatives in the non-AFA trawl catcher/processor sector. The Program would establish a LAPP for the non-AFA trawl catcher/processor sector.  Comments must be received no later than June 29, 2007.

72 FR 21198, 04/30/2007
Notice of Availability of Amendment 80 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI. Comment period through June 29, 2007.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendment 80 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI: Approved: 07/26/2007
Amendment 79

70 FR 32287, 06/02/2005
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendment 79, a proposed minimum Groundfish Retention Standard. Comment period through August 1, 2005.

70 FR 35054, 06/16/2005
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 79 to reduce bycatch and improve utilization of groundfish harvested by catcher/processor trawl vessels. Comment period through August 1, 2005.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 79 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI: Approved: 08/31/2005
Amendment 78

, Amendment 65

71 FR 14470, 03/22/2006
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendments 78 and 65, GOA Amendments 73 and 65, KTCAmendments 16 and 12, Scallop Amendments 7 and 9, and Salmon Amendments 7 and 8. These amendments, if approved, would revise the FMPs by identifying and describing essential fish habitat (EFH), designating habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs), and including measures to minimize to the extent practicable adverse effects on EFH. Comment period through May 8, 2006.

EA/RIR/RFA for FMP and Regulatory Amendments to Provide Habitat Areas of Particular Concern - Approved: 05/03/2006
Amendment 77

68 FR 43342, 07/22/2003
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendment 77 to continue allocation of Pacific cod among fixed gear sectors. Comment period through September 22, 2003.

68 FR 49416, 08/18/2003
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 77 - allocation of Pacific cod among fixed gear sectors. Comment period through October 2, 2003.

Amendment 75

68 FR 9630, 02/28/2003
Notice of Availability of Amendment 75 to the BSAI groundfish FMP to delay the effective date of requirements for retention and utilization of rock sole and yellowfin sole. Comment period through April 29, 2003.

68 FR 15144, 03/28/2003
BSAI Amendment 75 - delay of full retention and utilization requirements for rock sole and yellowfin sole. Comment period through May 12, 2003.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 75 to the FMP for Groundfish in the BSAI Effective: 10/02/2003
Amendment 73

73 FR 53816, 09/17/2008
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendment 73 and GOA Amendment 77 to remove dark rockfish from both fishery management plans. Comment period through November 17, 2008.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Revised Management Authority for Dark Rockfish (Sebastes ciliatus): Approved: 12/15/2008
Amendment 72

67 FR 65941, 10/29/2002
Notice of availability BSAI 72/GOA 64 to FMPs to implement revisions to the recordkeeping and reporting regulations established to monitor and enforce the IFQ Program for fixed gear Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries. Comment period through December 27, 2002.

68 FR 3485, 01/24/2003
Proposed IFQ recordkeeping and reporting requirement revisions and BSAI 72/GOA 64. Comment period through February 24, 2003.

Draft RIR/IRFA for BSAI Amendment 72 and GOA Amendment 64 Effective: 08/28/2003
Amendment 69

67 FR 44794, 07/05/2002
Notice of Availability for BSAI Amendment 69 to allow American Fisheries Act pollock cooperatives to contract with non-member vessels. Comments period through September 3, 2002.

67 FR 54610, 08/23/2002
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 69 to allow American Fisheries Act (AFA) pollock cooperatives to contract with non-member vessels. Comment period through October 7, 2002.

Amendment 67

66 FR 42833, 08/15/2001
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendment 67 to stabilize the fully utilized fixed gear Pacific cod fishery in the BSAI. Comment period through October 15, 2001.

66 FR 49908, 10/01/2001
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 67 to stabilize fully utilized Pacific cod resources harvested with non-trawl gear in the BSAI. Comment period through November 15, 2001.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 67 to the FMP for BSAI Groundfish: Fully Effective: 01/01/2003
Amendment 66

65 FR 44018, 07/17/2000
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 66 to remove the allocation of squid to the CDQ Program. Comment period through August 31, 2000.

65 FR 34434, 05/30/2000
Notice of Availability for BSAI Amendment 66 to remove squid from CDQ. Comment period through July 31, 2000.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Proposed GOA Amendment 66 to allow eligible GOA communities Correction: 03/22/2001

Approved: 08/30/2000
Amendment 64

65 FR 19354, 04/11/2000
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendment 64, Pacific cod split. Comment period through June 12, 2000.

65 FR 34133, 05/26/2000
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 64 for Pacific cod allocation split among hook-and-line and pot gear. Comment period through July 10, 2000.

Amendment 62

74 FR 14950, 04/02/2009
Notice of availability of Amendment 62/62 to revise the BSAI FMP description of the Catcher Vessel Operational Area and remove the obsolete sunset date for inshore/offshore sector allocations of pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. Comment period through June 1, 2009.

Draft EA/RIR for Proposed BSAI and GOA Groundfish Amendments 62/62 to Update Catcher Vessel Operational Area Language, Approved: 07/01/2009
Amendment 61

66 FR 65028, 12/17/2001
Proposed Rule to implement Amendments BSAI 61/GOA 61/KTC 13/SCAL 8 to incorporate provisions of the AFA into FMPs. Comment period through January 31, 2002.

66 FR 59225, 11/27/2001
Notice of Availability for BSAI 61/GOA 61/KTC 13/SCAL 8 to incorporate provisions of the AFA into FMPs. Comment period through January 28, 2002.

EA/RIR for Amendments 61/61/13/8, EIS for American Fisheries Act Amendments 61/61/13/8 Partially Approved: 02/27/2002
Amendment 60

66 FR 3976, 01/17/2001
Notice of Availability of  BSAI 60, GOA 58, and KTC 10.  These plan amendments are necessary to implement changes to the License Limitation Program. Comment period through March 19, 2001.

66 FR 17397, 03/30/2001
Proposed rule to implement BSAI 60, GOA 58 and KTC 10 - LLP. Comment period through April 30, 2001.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendments 60/58/10: Analysis of Proposed License Limitation Amendment Package Approved: 04/18/2011
Amendment 59

63 FR 63442, 11/12/1998
Proposed rule to implement Amendments 59/57/9 to extend the Vessel Moratorium Program through 12/99, 12/14/98.

EA for BSAI Groundfish Amendment 58 to Further Reduce Chinook Salmon Bycatch Approved: 12/16/1998
Amendment 58

64 FR 71390, 12/20/1999
Proposed rule to implement BSAI FMP Amendment 58 to revise chinook salmon savings areas. Comment period through February 4, 2000.

64 FR 60157, 11/03/1999
Notice of Availability for BSAI FMP Amendment 58, chinook salmon bycatch control. Comment period through January 1, 2000.

EA for BSAI Groundfish Amendment 58 to Further Reduce Chinook Salmon Bycatch Approved: 02/02/2000
Amendment 57

64 FR 73003, 12/29/1999
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 57 - pollock bottom trawl prohibition. Effective February 14, 2000.

EA/RIR/FRFA of BSAI Groundfish Amendment 57 to Prohibit the Use of Nonpelagic Trawl Gear Approved: 03/08/2000
Amendment 56

63 FR 64034, 11/17/1998
Correction to the Notice of Availability of Amendments 56/56 to revise the overfishing level definitions.

63 FR 57094, 10/25/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 56/56 to revise the overfishing level definitions, 12/28/98

EA of BSAI/GOA FMP Amendments 56/56: Revision to definition of overfishing for groundfish. Approved: 01/27/1999
Amendment 55

63 FR 56601, 10/21/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 55/55/8/5/5 to describe Essential Fish Habitat in Alaska and identify risks to certain fisheries, 12/21/98.

EA of Amendments 55/55/8/5 to the BSA/GOA/KTC and Scallop FMPs Approved: 01/20/1999
Amendment 54

66 FR 38412, 07/24/2001
Notice of Availability of BSAI 54/GOA 54 to change the IFQ program for fixed gear Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries off Alaska. Comment period through September 24, 2001.

66 FR 52090, 10/12/2001
Proposed rule to implement BSAI 54/GOA 54 to allow changes to quota share ownership of a vessel, to revise the definition of a change in the corporation or partnership, and to revise sablefish use limits to be expressed in QS units rather than as percentages of the QS pool. Comment period through November 26, 2001.

Amendment 53

63 FR 23261, 04/27/1998
Proposed Rule to implement BSAI FMP Amendment 53 to allocate SR/RE in the AI between vessels using trawl and non-trawl gear, 6/12/98.

63 FR 16223, 04/01/1998
Notice of Availability of BSAI FMP Amendment 53 to allocate the shortraker/rougheye rockfish species between trawl and fixed gear vessels, 6/1/98.

EA/RIR of BSAI Amendment 53: Shortraker/rougheye rockfish allocation in the Aleutian Islands Approved: 07/22/1998
Amendment 51

63 FR 57996, 10/29/1998
Proposed Rule to implement Amendments 51/51 to change Inshore/Offshore pollock allocations in the BSAI and Pacific cod allocations in the GOA, 12/14/98.

63 FR 49540, 09/15/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 51/51 to change inshore/offshore pollock allocations in BSAI and Pacific cod allocations in GOA, 11/16/98.

EA of BSAI/GOA FMP Amendments 51/51: Inshore/Offshore Reallocation. Approved: 12/15/1998
Amendment 50

63 FR 10583, 03/03/1998
Proposed regulations to implement Amendment 50 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and Amendment 50 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area to authorize the limited retention of Pacific halibut bycatch in the groundfish trawl fisheries for distribution to economically disadvantaged individuals by tax exempt organizations through a NMFS authorized distributor. Comment period through April 20, 1998.

63 FR 5777, 02/03/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 50/50 to authorize the halibut donation program, 4/6/98.

EA/RIR for Amendment 50 to the BSAI and GOA Groundfish FMPs Approved: 07/13/1998
Amendment 49

62 FR 34429, 06/26/1997
NMFS proposes regulations to implement BSAI Amendment 49 - IR/IU retention of pollock, Pacific cod, yellowfin sole, and rock sole. Comment period through August 11, 1997.

62 FR 30835, 06/05/1997
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 49. Comment period through August 4, 1997.

EA of BSAI Amendment 49: Improved Retention/Improved Utilization. Approved: 09/03/1997
Amendment 48

69 FR 44634, 07/26/2004
Proposed rule to implement Amendments 48/48 to the FMPs for Groundfish of the GOA and BSAI - changes to the annual harvest specification process. Comment period through September 10, 2004.

69 FR 42128, 07/13/2004
Notice of Availability for Amendments 48/48 to revise the annual harvest specifications process for the groundfish fisheries of the GOA and BSAI. Comment period through September 13, 2004.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendments 48/48 for the Process by Which Annual Harvest Specifications Are Established, FONSI Approved: 10/12/2004
Amendment 47

61 FR 40380, 08/02/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule that would implement BSAI Amendment 47, GOA Amendment 47 and KTC Amendment 6 - interim observer program. Comment period through September 16, 1996.

61 FR 36702, 07/12/1996
Notice of availability for NMFS to review the repeal of the North Pacific Research Plan, BSAI 47/GOA 47/KTC 6. Comment period through September 9, 1996.

EA For Amendments 47/47/6 Approved: 10/03/1996
Amendment 46

61 FR 43325, 08/22/1996
NMFS proposes regulations to implement BSAI Amendment 46. Comment period through October 3, 1996.

61 FR 43035, 08/20/1996
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 46. Comment period through October 15, 1996.

EA/RIR for Amendment 46 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI Approved: 11/07/1996
Amendment 45

63 FR 46993, 09/02/1998
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 45 to reauthorize the allocation of CDQ pollock, 10/19/98.

63 FR 41782, 08/04/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendment 45 to reauthorize the allocation of CDQ pollock, 10/5/98.

EA/RIR/FRFA for BSAI Groundfish Amendment 45 - Permanent Extension of the Allocation of Pollock to the Western Alaska CDQ Program Approved: 11/04/1998
Amendment 44

61 FR 54145, 10/17/1996
Notice of availability of  BSAI 44/GOA 44 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA and the BSAI. Comment period through December 10, 1996.

EA for Amendment 44 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI and Amendment 44 for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA Approved: 01/09/1997
Amendment 43

61 FR 49294, 09/19/1996
Notice of availability of  - BSAI 43 and GOA 43 - sweep up. Comment period through November 12, 1996.

61 FR 50797, 09/27/1996
NMFS proposes Amendments BSAI 43/GOA 43 and an amendment to the IFQ Program to increase the consolidation (sweep-up) levels for small quota share (QS) blocks for Pacific halibut and sablefish. Comment period through November 12, 1996.

Amendment 42

61 FR 29729, 06/12/1996
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 42 and GOA Amendment 42 to the FMP for the GOA Groundfish Fishery. Comment period through August 6, 1996.

61 FR 32767, 06/25/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment BSAI 42/GOA 42 and a regulatory amendment for the IFQ Program to allow QS and IFQ assigned to vessels in larger size categories to be used on smaller vessels. Comment period through August 5, 1996.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for BSAI and GOA Groundfish Amendments 42/42 for Categories (Class C and D), FRFA for BSAI Groundfish Amendment 42 and GOA Groundfish Amendment 42 Approved: 08/16/1996
Amendment 41

61 FR 63814, 12/02/1996
Notice of availability of Amendment 41 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI. Comment period through January 31, 1997.

EA of BSAI Amendment 41: Bairdi Prohibited Species Caps.
Amendment 40

62 FR 43307, 08/13/1997
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 40 to establish C. opilio prohibited species caps. Comment period through September 29, 1997.

EA/RIR/FRFA for BSAI Amendment 40 - Management of Snow Crab (C.opilio) Bycatch Limits Approved: 10/15/1997
Amendment 39

62 FR 43866, 08/15/1997
Proposed rule to implement Amendments BSAI 39/GOA 41/KTC 5 to establish the License Limitation Program and expand the CDQ Program. Comment period through September 29, 1997.

62 FR 32579, 06/16/1997
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 39, GOA Amendment 41, and KTC Amendment 5. Comment period through August 15, 1997.

Amendment 38

60 FR 46572, 09/07/1995
Notice of availability of Amendment 38 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, and Amendment 40 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA. Comment period through October 30, 1995.

60 FR 48087, 09/18/1995
NMFS proposed rule to implement Amendments 38 and 40 to allocate Pacific cod and pollock for processing by the inshore and offshore components through December 31, 1998 and to continue the CDQ program. Comment period through November 2, 1995.

EA/RIR/FRFA for the Proposed Reauthorization of BSAI Amendment 38 and GOA Amendment 40 Approved: 11/28/1995
Amendment 37

61 FR 48113, 09/12/1996
NMFS proposes KTC Amendment 37 to implement trawl closure areas in portions of Bristol Bay and adjust the prohibited species catch limit for red king crab in Zone 1 of the Bering Sea. Comment period through October 28, 1996.

61 FR 47108, 09/06/1996
Notice of availability of KTC Amendment 37. Comment period through October 29, 1996.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendment 37 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI Effective: 01/01/1997
Amendment 36

62 FR 65402, 12/12/1997
Proposed regulations to implement BSAI Amendment 36 and GOA Amendment 39. Comment period through January 26, 1998.

62 FR 60682, 11/12/1997
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 36 and GOA Amendment 39. Comment period through January 12, 1997.

EA/RIR for BSAI Groundfish Amendment 36 and GOA Groundfish Amendment 39 Approved: 04/16/1998
Amendment 35

60 FR 20253, 04/25/1995
NMFS proposes regulations that would implement Amendment 35 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI. Comment period through June 5, 1995.

Amendment 34

62 FR 49464, 09/22/1997
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 34 to authorize Atka mackerel TAC allocation to jig gear. Comment period through November 6, 1997.

62 FR 43689, 08/15/1997
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 34. Comment period through October 14, 1997.

EA of BSAI Groundfish Amendment 34 to authorize the allocation of TAC of Atka mackerel Approved: 11/13/1997
Amendment 33

61 FR 11376, 03/20/1996
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 33 and GOA Amendment 37. Comment period through May 14, 1996.

61 FR 14547, 04/02/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement BSAI 33/GOA 37 and a regulatory amendment for the IFQ Program to allow processing of non-IFQ species. Comment period through May 17, 1996.

EA/RIR for FMP Amendments to Prohibit Use of Halibut Catcher Vessel Quota Share and Allow Freezing of Non-IFQ Species on Freezer Vessels: Effective: 07/26/1996
Amendment 32

60 FR 51452, 10/02/1995
Notice of availability of Amendment 32 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, and Amendment 36 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA. Comment period through November 27, 1995.

RIR for BSAI Amendments 32 and GOA Amendment 36 to Allow Halibut/Sablefish CDQ Compensation Quota Share Block Exemption and One-time Transfer Effective: 02/23/1996
Amendment 31

59 FR 33272, 06/27/1994
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 31,  GOA Amendment 35, and a regulatory amendment to implement the Modified Block Proposal, to clarify the transfer process for the IFQ program, and to prevent excessive consolidation of the Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries off Alaska. Comment period through August 8, 1994.

Amendment 30

59 FR 28048, 05/30/1994
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 30 and GOA Amendment 34 regarding sablefish CDQ allocation limits and vessel leases for Pacific halibut and sablefish IFQ program. Comment period through July 11, 1994.

Amendment 28

58 FR 21695, 04/23/1993
Proposed regulations to implement BSAI Amendment 28. Comment period through June 4, 1993.

58 FR 19087, 04/12/1993
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 28. Comment period through June 7, 1993.

EA/RIR for Amendment 28 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI Approved: 07/13/1993
Amendment 27

59 FR 26780, 05/24/1994
Notice of availability of Amendment 30 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, Amendment 27 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, and Amendment 3 to the FMP for the Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries of the BSAI. These amendments would incorporate the provisions of the North Pacific Fisheries Research Plan into each FMP. Comment period through July 18, 1994.

EA/RIR for the North Pacific Fisheries Research Plan FMP Amendments 27/30/3 for a Regulatory Amendment to the Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations: Approved: 08/15/1994
Amendment 26

61 FR 16456, 04/15/1996
Notice of availability of BSAI 26 and GOA 29. Comment period through June 10, 1996.

61 FR 24750, 05/16/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement BSAI 26/GOA 29 to establish a voluntary Salmon Donation Program. Comment period through July 1, 1996.

EA/RIR for Amendment 26 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI Approved: 07/10/1996
Amendment 25

59 FR 2817, 01/19/1994
NMFS proposes regulations that would implement BSAI Amendment 25 for effective management of the halibut PSC limit established for BSAI trawl fisheries and to provide better information on salmon and other prohibited species bycatch. Comment period through February 28, 1994.

58 FR 68848, 12/29/1993
Notice of ability of BSAI Amendment 25. Comment period through February 22, 1994

Draft EA/RIR of Amendment 25 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the BSAI Approved: 03/25/1994
Amendment 24

58 FR 57803, 10/27/1993
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 24 to allocate the Pacific cod TAC among vessels using trawl, hook-and-line or pot gear, and jig gear. Comment period through December 6, 1993.

EA for Proposed Amendment 24 to the BSAI Groundfish FMP to Revise Overfishing Definitions, Draft EA/RIR/IRFA Appendices A-I for Amendment 24 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the BSAI Effective: 01/25/1994Approved: 02/28/1994
Amendment 23

60 FR 22542, 05/08/1995
Notice of availability of Amendment 23 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, revised Amendment 28 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, and revised Amendment 4 to the FMP for Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries in the BSAI. Comment period through June 1, 1995.

59 FR 28827, 06/02/1994
Proposed rule to implement Amendments BSAI 23/GOA 28/KTC 4, a moratorium for a temporary period on the entry of new vessels into the groundfish, crab, and halibut fisheries. Comment period through July 15, 1994. 

EA/RIR for Amendments 23/28/4 Correction: 09/12/1995

Approved: 09/11/1995
Amendment 22

57 FR 59072, 12/14/1992
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 27 and BSAI Amendment 22 to establish two trawl test areas in the GOA and one trawl test area in the BSAI. Comment period through January 8, 1993.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 22 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 27 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA
Amendment 21

57 FR 54045, 11/16/1992
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 21 to (1) establish a procedure for setting and adjusting Pacific halibut bycatch mortality limits for trawl and non-trawl gear fisheries through a regulatory amendment process rather than an FMP amendment; (2) establish Pacific halibut bycatch limits in terms of halibut mortality rather than halibut bycatch; and (3) establish FMP authority to apportion annually the non-trawl halibut bycatch mortality limit among fisheries and seasons as bycatch allowances. Comment period through January 11, 1993.

EA/RIR/FRFA of Halibut Bycatch Limits for the Trawl and Non-Trawl Fisheries: Approved: 03/17/1993
Amendment 20

56 FR 58214, 11/18/1991
Proposed rule for BSAI Amendment 20 and GOA Amendment 25 to implement the following measures: (1) year-round trawl closures in the GOA and BSAI area within 10 nm of key Steller sea lion rookeries; and (2) new GOA pollock management districts, and a limitation on pollock seasonal harvest allowances specified for these districts. Comment period through December 30, 1991.

56 FR 56623, 11/06/1991
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 20 and GOA Amendment 25. Comment period through December 30, 1991.

EA/RIR/IRFA of a Regulatory Amendment to Delay the 1992 Directed Fishery for Groundfish Effective: 01/20/1992
Amendment 19

57 FR 22695, 05/29/1992
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 19 and GOA Amendment 24 to establish 1992 halibut bycatch limits for trawl and non-trawl gear in the BSAI and authorize amendments to regulations that would provide for inseason time/area closures to further reduce prohibited species bycatch rates. Comment period through July 13, 1992.

57 FR 17879, 04/28/1992
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 19 and GOA Amendment 24. Comment period through June 22, 1992.

EA of an Emergency Interim Rule that Implements 1992 Bycatch Management Measures in the Alaska Groundfish Fisheries, Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 19 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 24 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Correction: 11/03/1992

Correction: 11/03/1992

Approved: 09/23/1992
Amendment 18

57 FR 46133, 10/07/1992
Proposed rule to implement a revision of BSAI Amendment 18 to continue an allocation of pollock between inshore and offshore components in the BSAI and revise the BSAI catcher vessel operational area, and clarify regulations implementing portions of BSAI Amendment 18 and GOA Amendment 23. Comment period through November 4, 1992.

57 FR 45602, 10/02/1992
Notice of availability of a revised BSAI Amendment 18 to allocate the pollock total allowable catch and continue the catcher vessel operational area. Comment period through October 29, 1992

56 FR 66009, 12/20/1991
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 18 and GOA Amendment 23. Comment period through February 3, 1992.

56 FR 64738, 12/12/1991
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 18 and GOA Amendment 23. Comment period through February 4, 1992.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 18 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA and Amendment 13 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, SEIS/RIR/IRFA of the Proposed Inshore/Offshore Allocation Alternatives: Effective: 01/19/1993Partial implementation effective: 06/01/1992
Amendment 17

56 FR 63487, 12/04/1991
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 22 and BSAI Amendment 17 to: (1) establish a new management subarea in the BSAI; (2) establish closure areas around BSAI walrus haulouts; (3) remove statistical Area 68; and (4) allow the NMFS Alaska Regional Office Director to authorize experimental fishing permits. Comment period through January 13, 1992.

56 FR 56355, 11/04/1991
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 22 and BSAI Amendment 17. Comment period through December 27, 1991.

Amendment 16

56 FR 15063, 04/15/1991
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 16a to: (1) Establish Pacific herring bycatch management measures for the groundfish trawl fisheries; (2) authorize the NMFS Regional Director, Alaska Region, to temporarily prohibit directed fishing for specified groundfish species in all or part of a Federal statistical area to reduce high bycatch rates of prohibited species; and (3) authorize the Regional Director to limit the amount of pollock that may be taken in the directed trawl fishery for pollock using other than pelagic trawl gear. Comment period through May 28, 1991.

56 FR 10527, 03/13/1991
Notice of Availability for BSAI Amendment 16a. Comment period through May 6, 1991.

56 FR 2981, 01/25/1991
Correction to 56 FR 1612.

56 FR 1612, 01/16/1991
Proposed rule for BSAI Amendment 16 and GOA Amendment 21. Comment period through February 5, 1991.

55 FR 50727, 12/10/1990
Notice of availability of a resubmitted portion of BSAI Amendment 16. Comment period through January 9, 1991.

55 FR 43063, 10/25/1990
Correction to 55 FR 38347.

55 FR 38347, 09/18/1990
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 16 and GOA Amendment 21. These regulations are proposed to address the following management problems in both the BSAI and GOA: (1) Prohibited species bycatch management, (2) procedures for specifying TAC, and (3) gear restrictions. Comment period through October 27, 1990.

55 FR 33340, 08/15/1990
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 16 and GOA Amendment 21 to (1) extend and modify crab and halibut bycatch management measures, including the adoption of an incentive program to impose sanctions on vessels with excessively high bycatch rates; (2) amend the definition of overfishing; (3) establish a procedure to specify interim harvest levels until superseded by publication of final annual groundfish specifications in the Federal Register; and (4) permit legal fishing gear to be defined by regulatory amendment. Comment period through October 9, 1990.

EA for Revised Amendments 16 and 21 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the BSAI and of the GOA Interim Rule Effective: 05/10/1991Effective: 01/18/1991
Amendment 16

Amendment 15

57 FR 57130, 12/03/1992
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 15 and GOA Amendment 20 to allocate future total catch quotas of Pacific halibut and sablefish among individual fishermen. Comment period through January 11, 1993.

57 FR 49676, 11/03/1992
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 15 and GOA Amendment 20. The proposed FMP and regulatory amendments would allocate future total catch limits of Pacific halibut and sablefish among individual fishermen. Comment period through January 4, 1993.

Amendment 14

55 FR 37907, 09/14/1990
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 19 and BSAI Amendment 14. Comment period through October 29, 1990.

55 FR 33737, 08/17/1990
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 19 and BSAI Amendment 14. Comment period through October 24, 1990.

55 FR 39352, 09/26/1990
Corrections to proposed rule 90-21668 (55 FR 37907) in the issue of Friday, September 14, 1990.

EA/RIR/IRFA of Amendment 14 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the BSAI Effective: 01/01/1991
Amendment 13

54 FR 51042, 12/12/1989
Proposed regulations to implement the Observer Plan provided for by Amendments 13 and 18 to the FMPs for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI and GOA. Comment period through December 21, 1989.

54 FR 39022, 09/22/1989
Correction to 54 FR 36333, September 1, 1989.

54 FR 36333, 09/01/1989
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 13 and GOA Amendment 18. Comment period through October 12, 1989.

54 FR 31861, 08/02/1989
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 13 and GOA Amendment 18 to: (1) Allocate sablefish TAC in the BSAI area between fixed and trawl gear; (2) establish a procedure to set fishing seasons on an annual basis by regulatory amendment; (3) create seasonal groundfish fishing closed zones around the Walrus Islands and Cape Pierce; (4) establish a new  recordkeeping and data reporting system; (5) establish a new observer program on domestic fishing and/or processing vessels and at shore based processing plants; and (6) clarify the authority of the Secretary to split or combine species or species groups within the target species category. Comment period through September 27, 1989.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 18 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA and Amendment 13 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI Correction to 54 FR 50386

Technical Amendment to 54 FR 50386Observer Plan Effective: 02/07/1990Effective: 12/06/1989
Amendment 12

53 FR 30322, 08/11/1988
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 12 and GOA Amendment 17. Comment period through October 6, 1988.

53 FR 34322, 09/06/1988
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 17 and BSAI Amendment 12. Comment period through October 21, 1988.

54 FR 19199, 05/04/1989
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 12A. Comment period through June 19, 1989.

54 FR 15302, 04/17/1989
Correction to 54 FR 14256.

54 FR 14256, 04/10/1989
Notice of availability of Amendment 12a to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI.

Amendment 11

52 FR 30212, 08/13/1987
Notice of availability that BSAI groundfish Amendment 11 has been submitted for Secretarial review. Comment period through October 7, 1987. 

52 FR 32942, 09/01/1987
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 11. This amendment would establish a split season apportionment of pollock and change the definition of prohibited species. Comment period through October 15, 1987.

52 FR 45215, 11/25/1987
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 16 and BSAI Amendment 11a. Comment period through January 16, 1988.

52 FR 48303, 12/21/1987
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 16 and BSAI Amendment 11a. Comment period through January 30, 1988.

Amendment 10

51 FR 43401, 12/02/1986
Notice of availability Amendment 10 to the BSAI groundfish FMP. Comment period through January 22, 1987.

51 FR 45349, 12/18/1986
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 10 to the BSAI groundfish FMP. This amendment would close an area of the EEZ to all fishing, limit to the bycatch of Tanner and red king crabs as well as halibut and other flat fish, revise reporting requirements, and provide the Secretary of Commerce to make inseason changes. Comment period through January 22, 1987.

Amendment 9

50 FR 29240, 07/18/1985
Notice of availability that Amendment 9 to the BSAI groundfish FMP has been submitted for Secretarial review. Comment period through September 27, 1985.

50 FR 33080, 08/16/1985
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 9. This amendment would close an area to foreign trawling, provide better catch data, implement a habitat conservation policy, and define directed fishing. Comment period through September 30, 1985.

Amendment 4

Amendment 3

48 FR 10383, 03/11/1983
BSAI Amendment 3 would establish a management system to reduce the incidental catch of salmon, Pacific halibut, king crab, and Tanner crab, which are prohibited species for the foreign groundfish fishery in the BSAI. Comment period through April 22, 1983.

Amendment 2

Amendment 1

Amendment 1

46 FR 63295, 12/31/1981
Final rule implementing the BSAI FMP for the Groundfish Fishery to assure optimum utilization while preventing overfishing of groundfish resources, and to ensure the regular collection of reliable information concerning the developing United States groundfish fishery. Effective date: January 1,1982, for all sections except §§611.93(d), 675.4, and  675.5(a).  Section 675.4, Federal permits, and §675.5(a), domestic reporting requirements, are not effective until February 1,1982. Notice of the effective  date of §611.93(d) will be published later in the Federal Register.

44 FR 66356, 11/19/1979
Proposed rule regulations are applicable to vessels of the US and foreign nations fishing for groundfish in the FCZ of the Bering Sea and Western Aleutian Islands. Portions of the proposed regulations also apply to U.S. fish processors who process fish harvested in the management area. Comment period through January 18, 1980.

GOA Groundfish FMP -FMP for Groundfish for the Gulf of Alaska Management Area (PDF)
Notice of Availability Analysis Corrections Approval/Final Rule
Amendment 106

83 FR 13117, 03/27/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 117 to the BSAI Groundfish FMP and Amendment 106 to the GOA Groundfish FMP to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendments 117/106 would classify squid in these FMPs under the ecosystem component category. Comment period through May 29, 2018.

Final Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review for Proposed Amendment 117(BSAI) and 106 (GOA) to the Fishery Management Plans for Bering Sea Aleutian Islands Groundfish and Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Effective: 08/06/2018
Amendment 105

83 FR 9257, 03/05/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) submitted Amendment 115 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, Amendment 105 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Amendment 49 to the FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs, Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ Off Alaska, and Amendment 2 to the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area. Comment period through May 4, 2018.

Final EA Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendments for: Approved: 05/31/2018
Amendment 104

82 FR 13302, 03/10/2017
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 114 and GOA Amendment 104. If approved, these amendments would integrate electronic monitoring into the North Pacific Observer Program. Comment period through May 9, 2017.

82 FR 14853, 03/23/2017
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 114 and GOA Amendment 104. If approved, these Amendments would integrate electronic monitoring into the North Pacific Observer Program. Comment period through May 22, 2017.

BSAI Amendment 114 GOA 104 EA RIR, EA/RIR for Amendment 114 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 104 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA: Analysis to Integrate Electronic Monitoring into the North Pacific Observer Program, FONSI Approved: 06/05/17
Amendment 103

81 FR 33456, 05/26/2016
Notice of availability of Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA to reapportion unused Chinook salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) within and among specific trawl sectors in the Central and Western GOA. Comment period through July 25, 2016.

81 FR 39237, 06/16/2016
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 103 to the FMP for GOA. This proposed rule would allow NMFS to reapportion unused Chinook salmon prohibited species catch within and among specific trawl sectors in the Central and Western GOA. Comment period through July 18, 2016.

RIR/IRFA for a Proposed Fishery Management Plan Amendment 103 and Regulatory Amendment Approved: 08/24/2016
Amendment 102

80 FR 78705, 12/17/2015
Notice of availability for Amendment 112 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 102 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA. If approved, these amendments would modify the criteria for NMFS to place small catcher/processors in the partial observer coverage category. Comment period through February 16, 2016.

80 FR 81262, 12/29/2015
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 112, GOA Amendment 102, and revise regulations for observer coverage requirements for certain small catcher/processors in the BSAI and GOA. Comment period through January 28, 2016.

Final RIR for Amendment 112 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 102 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Correction: 01/22/2016

Approved: 03/11/2016
Amendment 101

81 FR 52394, 08/08/2016
Notice of availability that the NPFMC has submitted GOA Amendment 101. Amendment 101 to the FMP would authorize the use of longline pot gear in the sablefish individual fishing quota fishery in the GOA. Comment period through October 7, 2016.

81 FR 55408, 08/19/2016
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 101 to the FMP for groundfish fisheries in the GOA.  Comment period through September 19, 2016.

EA/RIR for Amendment 101 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA: Allow the use of pot longline gear in the GOA sablefish IFQ fishery, FONSI Approved: 11/04/2016
Amendment 100

80 FR 7816, 02/12/2015
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 108, GOA Amendment 100, and KTC Amendment 46. These amendments would correct the text in the FMPs that establish vessel length limits for small vessels exempted from the License Limitation Program (LLP) consistent with the original intent of the LLP, current fisheries operations, and Federal regulations. Comment period through April 13, 2015.

Analysis for Proposed Amendment 108 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, , CE Approved: 04/27/2015
Amendment 97

79 FR 35971, 06/25/2014
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 97. This amendment would limit Chinook salmon prohibited species catch in Western and Central GOA non-pollock trawl fisheries. Comment period through July 25, 2014.

79 FR 32525, 06/05/2014
Notice of availability for GOA Amendment 97. This amendment would limit Chinook salmon prohibited species catch in Western and Central GOA non-pollock trawl fisheries. Comment period through August 4, 2014.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 97 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the GOA: Chinook Salmon Prohibited Species Catch in the GOA Non-Pollock Trawl Fisheries, FOSNI Approved: 09/03/2014
Amendment 96

79 FR 46237, 08/07/2014
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 96 to revise the sablefish IFQ program to allow GOA Community Quota Entities to transfer and hold small blocks of sablefish quota shares. Comment period through September 8, 2014.

79 FR 43377, 07/25/2014
Notice of availability of Amendment 96 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA to revise the sablefish IFQ program to allow GOA Community Quota Entities to transfer and hold small blocks of sablefish quota shares. Comment period through September 23, 2014.

RIR/IRFA for Amendment 96 to the FMP for Groundfish in the GOA to Remove the Community Quota Entity Small Block Restriction, CE Approved: 10/21/2014
Amendment 95

78 FR 57106, 09/17/2013
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 95. This proposed action would modify halibut PSC management in the GOA to establish limits in regulations; reduce the GOA halibut PSC limits for trawl and hook-and-line gear; reduce trawl halibut PSC sideboard limits for AFA, Amendment 80, and Central GOA Rockfish Program vessels; and provide two additional management measures associated with halibut PSC accounting for Amendment 80 vessels subject to halibut PSC sideboards and for halibut PSC made by trawl vessels. Comment period through October 17, 2013.

78 FR 53419, 08/29/2013
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 95 to establish halibut PSC limits for the GOA; reduce the GOA halibut PSC limits for trawl and hook-and-line gear; reduce trawl halibut PSC sideboard limits for AFA, Amendment 80, and Central GOA Rockfish Program vessels; and provide two additional management measures associated with halibut PSC accounting for Amendment 80 vessels subject to halibut PSC sideboards and for halibut PSC made by trawl vessels. Comment period through October 28, 2013.

EA/RIR/IRFA to Reduce Gulf of Alaska Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Limits - Amendment 95 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, FONSI Approved: 11/26/2013
Amendment 94

78 FR 14490, 03/06/2013
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 94 - revise the vessel use caps applicable to sablefish quota share held by GOA Community Quota Entities. Comment period through April 5, 2013.

78 FR 12287, 02/22/2013
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 94 to revise the sablefish IFQ program to align the annual harvest, or use caps that apply to vessels fishing IFQ leased from a CQE with vessel use caps applicable to non-CQE participants in the IFQ Program. Comment period through April 23, 2013. Comment period through April 23, 2013.

Draft RIR for a Regulatory Amendment to add communities to the list of communities, Draft RIR for a Regulatory Amendment to Allow Community Quota Entities, Draft RIR for Proposed Amendment 94 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Approved: 05/20/2013
Amendment 93

76 FR 77757, 12/13/2011
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 93 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. Comment period through January 30, 2012.

76 FR 72384, 11/22/2011
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 93. Amendment 93, if approved, would establish separate prohibited species catch limits in the Central and Western Regulatory Areas of the GOA for Chinook salmon. Comment period through January 23, 2012.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 93 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA: Chinook Prohibited Species Catch in the GOA Pollock Fishery, FONSI Approved: 02/17/2012
Amendment 91

79 FR 27557, 05/14/2014
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 100 and GOA Amendment 91.  This proposed action would add regulations to improve reporting of grenadiers, limit retention of grenadiers, and prevent direct fishing for grenadiers by federally permitted groundfish fishermen and is necessary to limit and monitor the incidental catch of grenadiers in the groundfish fisheries. Comment period through June 13, 2014.

79 FR 25558, 05/05/2014
Notice of availability of Amendment 100 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 91 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA to add grenadiers to the ecosystem component category. Comment period through July 7, 2014.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 100 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, and Amendment 91 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA: Adding Grenadiers (Family Macrouridae), FONSI Approved: 08/04/2014

Amendment 90

77 FR 47356, 08/07/2012
Notice of availability of EFH amendments: Groundfish BSAI Amendment 98, Groundfish GOA Amendment 90, BSAI Crab Amendment 40, Scallop Amendment 15, and Arctic Amendment 1. Comment period through October 9, 2012.

EA for EFH Omnibus Amendments:, FONSI Approved: 10/31/2012
Amendment 89

78 FR 36150, 06/17/2013
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 89 to establish a protection area in Marmot Bay, northeast of Kodiak Island; require the use of modified nonpelagic trawl gear when directed fishing for flatfish in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA; and provide authority in the FMP to specify in regulation the modifications that are required to raise portions of the gear off the sea floor. Comment period through July 17, 2013.

78 FR 33040, 06/03/2013
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 89 to establish a protection area in Marmot Bay, northeast of Kodiak Island; require the use of modified nonpelagic trawl gear when directed fishing for flatfish in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA; and provide authority in the FMP to specify in regulation the modifications that are required to raise portions of the gear off the sea floor. Comment period through August 2, 2013.

Draft EA/RIR/IFRA Amendment 89 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA:, EA/RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 89 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Approved: 08/26/2013
Amendment 88

77 FR 38013, 06/26/2012
This action corrects the final rule that implemented GOA Amendment 88. This correction clarifies that participants in the entry level trawl fishery may qualify for quota share under the Central GOA Rockfish Program only in proportion to the number of years that a person made rockfish legal landings to an entry level processor. Effective June 26, 2012

77 FR 2478, 01/18/2012
Correction to 76 FR 81248 (December 27, 2011), implementing GOA Amendment 88, the Central GOA Rockfish Program. Replace the table on pages 81248 - 81293 with the table in this final rule.

76 FR 81248, 12/27/2011
Regulations to implement GOA Amendment 88. Amendment 88 is the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program. These regulations allocate exclusive harvest privileges to a specific group of license limitation program license holders who used trawl gear to target Pacific ocean perch, pelagic shelf rockfish, and northern rockfish during particular qualifying years. Effective December 27, 2011.

76 FR 52148, 08/19/2011
Proposed regulations to implement GOA Amendment 88, which regulate the Central GOA Rockfish Program. This action is necessary to replace particular Rockfish Pilot Program regulations that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2011. Comment period through September 19, 2011.

76 FR 45217, 07/28/2011
Notice of availability for proposed GOA Amendment 88 to establish the Central GOA Rockfish Program. Comment period through September 26, 2011.

RIR/EA/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 88 to the GOA Groundfish FMP: Approved: 11/07/2011
Amendment 87

75 FR 41424, 07/16/2010
Proposed regulations to implement BSAI Amendments 95 and 96 and GOA Amendment 87 to move skates from the "other species" category to the "target species" category, and to meet the National Standard 1 guidelines for annual catch limits and accountability measures. Comment period through August 30, 2010.

75 FR 38454, 07/02/2010
Notice of availability for BSAI Amendments 95 and 96 and GOA  Amendment 87  to move skates from the "other species" category to the "target species" category, and to meet the National Standard 1 guidelines for annual catch limits and accountability measures. Comment period through August 31, 2010.

EA for Amendment 96 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 87 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA , Draft RIR for a Regulatory Amendment to Clarify Certain Provisions Pertaining to the Harvest Specifications for Other Species Approved: 09/22/2010
Amendment 86

75 FR 43118, 07/23/2010
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 86 to add a Pacific cod endorsement on licenses issued under the LLP in specific management areas if those licenses have been used on vessels that met minimum recent landing requirements using non-trawl gear, commonly known as fixed gear. Comment period through September 7, 2010.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 86 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Approved: 09/29/2010
Amendment 85

74 FR 22507, 05/13/2009
Proposed rule to correct an error in the regulatory text of proposed rule published on April 6, 2009 (74 FR 15420)  that would implement GOA Amendment 85 to amend the Central GOA Rockfish Program. Comment period extended through June 22, 2009.

74 FR 15420, 04/06/2009
Proposed regulations to implement GOA Amendment 85 to amend the Central GOA Rockfish Program to remove a restriction that prohibits certain catcher/processors from participation in directed groundfish fisheries in the BSAI in July. Comment period through May 21, 2009.

74 FR 12300, 03/24/2009
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 85. If approved, Amendment 85 would modify the GOA FMP and the Central GOA Rockfish Program to remove a restriction that prohibits certain catcher/processors from participating in directed groundfish fisheries in the BSAI in July. Comment period through May 26, 2009.

RIR/FRFA of Amendment 85 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Approved: 06/18/2009
Amendment 83

76 FR 44700, 07/25/2011
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 83 to allocate the Western and Central GOA Pacific cod total allowable catch limits among various gear and operational sectors. Comment period through September 9, 2011.

76 FR 37763, 06/27/2011
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 83 to establish Pacific cod allocations in the Central and Western GOA regulatory areas. Comment period through August 29, 2011.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendment 83 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA - Allocation of Pacific Cod Correction: 12/29/2011

Approved: 09/22/2011
Amendment 82

73 FR 79773, 12/30/2008
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 92 and GOA Amendment 82 to remove trawl gear endorsements on licenses issued under the license limitation program in specific management areas if those licenses have not been used on vessels that met minimum recent landing requirements using trawl gear. Comment period through February 13, 2009.

73 FR 75659, 12/12/2008
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 92 and GOA Amendment 82 to remove trawl gear endorsements on licenses issued under LLP in specific management areas. Comment period through February 10, 2009.

Draft RIR/EA/IRFA for Proposed Amendment 92 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 82 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, FONSI Approved: 03/16/2009
Amendment 79

73 FR 30875, 05/29/2008
Notice of availability of proposed GOA Amendment 79 to amend the FMP and require the Council to annually recommend an aggregate overfishing level (OFL) and acceptable biological catch (ABC) for the ‘‘other species’’ category in the GOA. Comment period through July 28, 2008.

Draft EA for Proposed Amendment 79 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA: Approved: 08/20/2008
Amendment 78

74 FR 254, 01/05/2009
Proposed regulations to implement BSAI Amendment 90 and GOA Amendment 78 to allow unlimited post-delivery transfers of cooperative quota. Comment period through February 17, 2009.

73 FR 76605, 12/17/2008
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 90 and GOA Amendment 78 to allow unlimited post-delivery transfers of cooperative quota. Comment period through February 17, 2009.

Draft RIR/FRFA of a Provision Allowing Post-Delivery Transfer of Shares in the Central Gulf Rockfish Pilot Program Approved: 03/16/2009
Amendment 77

73 FR 53816, 09/17/2008
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendment 73 and GOA Amendment 77 to remove dark rockfish from both fishery management plans. Comment period through November 17, 2008.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Revised Management Authority for Dark Rockfish (Sebastes ciliatus): Approved: 12/15/2008
Amendment 76

77 FR 15019, 03/14/2012
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 86 and GOA Amendment 76. If approved, Amendments 86 and 76 would add a funding and deployment system for observer coverage to the existing North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program and amend existing observer coverage requirements for vessels and processing plants. Comment period through May 14, 2012.

EA/RIR/IRFA for BSAI Amendment 86 and GOA Amendment 76: Restructuring the Program for Observer Approved: 06/07/2012
Amendment 75

70 FR 15067, 03/24/2005
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendment 83 and GOA Amendment 75 to updated harvest, ecosystem, and socioeconomic information, consolidate text and reorganize the documents. Comment period through May 23, 2005.

Amendment 74

69 FR 31091, 06/01/2004
Notice of Availability for Amendment 81 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, and Amendment 74 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA. Comment period through August 2, 2004.

Amendment 73

, Amendment 65

71 FR 14470, 03/22/2006
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendments 78 and 65, GOA Amendments 73 and 65, KTCAmendments 16 and 12, Scallop Amendments 7 and 9, and Salmon Amendments 7 and 8. These amendments, if approved, would revise the FMPs by identifying and describing essential fish habitat (EFH), designating habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs), and including measures to minimize to the extent practicable adverse effects on EFH. Comment period through May 8, 2006.

EA for EFH Omnibus Amendments:, FONSI Draft EA/RIR/RFA for Amendments 65/65/12/7/8 Approved: 05/03/2006
Amendment 72

73 FR 30598, 05/28/2008
Notice of availability GOA Amendment 72 revise the FMP to state that the Council will annually review information on the discard of shallowwater flatfish in GOA groundfish fisheries.. Comment period through July 28, 2008.

Categorical Exclusion for Amendment 72 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Approved: 08/25/2008
Amendment 69

70 FR 71450, 11/29/2005
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 69 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). Amendment 69, if approved, would amend the manner in which the total allowable catch for the ‘‘other species’’ complex is annually determined in the GOA. Comment period through January 13, 2006.

70 FR 69505, 11/16/2005
Notice of Availability of GOA Amendment 69 - proposed total allowable catch determination for "other species". Comment period through January 17, 2006.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA For Proposed Amendment 69 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Approved: 02/13/2006
Amendment 68

71 FR 33040, 06/07/2006
Proposed rule for GOA Amendment 68 to implement statutory provisions for the Central GOA Rockfish Pilot Program. Comment period through July 24, 2006.

71 FR 27984, 05/15/2006
Notice of Availability of GOA Amendment 68. Rockfish demonstration project. Comment period through July 14, 2006.

RIR/EA for Proposed Amendment 68 to the GOA Groundfish FMP: Central GOA Rockfish Demonstration Program, FRFA for Amendment 68 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the GOA Approved: 08/11/2006
Amendment 67

71 FR 64218, 11/01/2006
Proposed rule for GOA Amendment 67 to modify the IFQ program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries. Comment period through December 18, 2006.

71 FR 58372, 10/03/2006
Notice of Availability of GOA Amendment 67 to amend the limitations on use of quota share (QS) and individual fishing quota (IFQ) in the GOA. Comment period through December 4, 2006.

Draft RIR/IRFA for Proposed Amendments to Regulations that Implement the Halibut and Sablefish IFQ Program Approved: 1/3/2007
Amendment 66

68 FR 52173, 09/02/2003
Notice of Availability of GOA 66 to revise the definition of an eligible quota share holder to allow eligible communities in the GOA to purchase and hold sablefish quota share for community use. Comment period through November 3, 2003.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Proposed GOA Amendment 66 to allow eligible GOA communities Approved: 12/03/2003
Amendment 64

67 FR 65941, 10/29/2002
Notice of availability BSAI 72/GOA 64 to FMPs to implement revisions to the recordkeeping and reporting regulations established to monitor and enforce the IFQ Program for fixed gear Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries. Comment period through December 27, 2002.

68 FR 3485, 01/24/2003
Proposed IFQ recordkeeping and reporting requirement revisions and BSAI 72/GOA 64. Comment period through February 24, 2003.

Draft RIR/IRFA for BSAI Amendment 72 and GOA Amendment 64 Effective: 08/28/2003
Amendment 63

69 FR 614, 01/05/2004
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 63 to the FMP for groundfish of the GOA - skates management. Comment period through February 20, 2004.

68 FR 67390, 12/02/2003
Notice of Availability of proposed Amendment 63, skates management in the groundfish fisheries of the GOA. Comment period through February 2, 2004.

FRFA for Amendment 63 to the GOA Groundfish FMP to move skates from the “other species” category to the “target species” category Approved: 02/27/2004
Amendment 62

74 FR 14950, 04/02/2009
Notice of availability of Amendment 62/62 to revise the BSAI FMP description of the Catcher Vessel Operational Area and remove the obsolete sunset date for inshore/offshore sector allocations of pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. Comment period through June 1, 2009.

Draft EA/RIR for Proposed BSAI and GOA Groundfish Amendments 62/62 to Update Catcher Vessel Operational Area Language, Approved: 07/01/2009
Amendment 61

66 FR 65028, 12/17/2001
Proposed Rule to implement Amendments BSAI 61/GOA 61/KTC 13/SCAL 8 to incorporate provisions of the AFA into FMPs. Comment period through January 31, 2002.

66 FR 59225, 11/27/2001
Notice of Availability for BSAI 61/GOA 61/KTC 13/SCAL 8 to incorporate provisions of the AFA into FMPs. Comment period through January 28, 2002.

EA/RIR for Amendments 61/61/13/8, EIS for American Fisheries Act Amendments 61/61/13/8 Partially Approved: 02/27/2002
Amendment 60

67 FR 40680, 06/13/2002
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 60 to prohibit the use of non-pelagic trawl gear in Cook Inlet. Comment period through July 29, 2002.

67 FR 34424, 05/14/2002
Notice of Availability of GOA Amendment 60 to prohibit non-pelagic trawl gear in Cook Inlet. Comment period through July 15, 2002.

Amendment 59

65 FR 39342, 06/26/2000
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 59 to prohibit groundfish fishing and anchoring in Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve. Comment period through August 10, 2000.

65 FR 30559, 05/12/2000
Notice of Availability of GOA Amendment 59 to prohibit groundfish fishing and anchoring in Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve. Comment period through July 11, 2000.

EA/RIR/IRFA of GOA Amendment 59 to prevent anchoring and fishing in the Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve; Approved: 08/09/2000
Amendment 58

66 FR 3976, 01/17/2001
Notice of Availability of  BSAI 60, GOA 58, and KTC 10.  These plan amendments are necessary to implement changes to the License Limitation Program. Comment period through March 19, 2001.

66 FR 17397, 03/30/2001
Proposed rule to implement BSAI 60, GOA 58 and KTC 10 - LLP. Comment period through April 30, 2001.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendments 60/58/10: Analysis of Proposed License Limitation Amendment Package Approved: 04/18/2011
Amendment 57

63 FR 63442, 11/12/1998
Proposed rule to implement Amendments 59/57/9 to extend the Vessel Moratorium Program through 12/99, 12/14/98.

RIR for FMP Amendments Extending the Vessel Moratorium for the Groundfish and Crab Fisheries in and Off Alaska Approved: 12/16/1998
Amendment 56

63 FR 64034, 11/17/1998
Correction to the Notice of Availability of Amendments 56/56 to revise the overfishing level definitions.

63 FR 57094, 10/25/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 56/56 to revise the overfishing level definitions, 12/28/98

EA of BSAI/GOA FMP Amendments 56/56: Revision to definition of overfishing for groundfish. Approved 01/27/1999
Amendment 55

63 FR 56601, 10/21/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 55/55/8/5/5 to describe Essential Fish Habitat in Alaska and identify risks to certain fisheries, 12/21/98.

EA of Amendments 55/55/8/5 to the BSA/GOA/KTC and Scallop FMPs Approved: 01/22/1999
Amendment 54

66 FR 38412, 07/24/2001
Notice of Availability of BSAI 54/GOA 54 to change the IFQ program for fixed gear Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries off Alaska. Comment period through September 24, 2001.

66 FR 52090, 10/12/2001
Proposed rule to implement BSAI 54/GOA 54 to allow changes to quota share ownership of a vessel, to revise the definition of a change in the corporation or partnership, and to revise sablefish use limits to be expressed in QS units rather than as percentages of the QS pool. Comment period through November 26, 2001.

Amendment 51

63 FR 57996, 10/29/1998
Proposed Rule to implement Amendments 51/51 to change Inshore/Offshore pollock allocations in the BSAI and Pacific cod allocations in the GOA, 12/14/98.

63 FR 49540, 09/15/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 51/51 to change inshore/offshore pollock allocations in BSAI and Pacific cod allocations in GOA, 11/16/98.

EA of BSAI/GOA FMP Amendments 51/51: Inshore/Offshore Reallocation. Approved: 12/15/1998
Amendment 50

63 FR 10583, 03/03/1998
Proposed regulations to implement Amendment 50 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and Amendment 50 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area to authorize the limited retention of Pacific halibut bycatch in the groundfish trawl fisheries for distribution to economically disadvantaged individuals by tax exempt organizations through a NMFS authorized distributor. Comment period through April 20, 1998.

63 FR 5777, 02/03/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 50/50 to authorize the halibut donation program, 4/6/98.

EA/RIR for Amendment 50 to the BSAI and GOA Groundfish FMPs Approved: 07/13/1998
Amendment 49

62 FR 43977, 08/18/1997
NMFS proposes regulations to implement GOA Amendment 49 - IR/IU retention of pollock, Pacific cod, and shallow water flatfish. Comment period through October 2, 1997.

62 FR 40497, 07/29/1997
Notice of Availability of GOA Amendment 49 to require IR/IU retention of pollock, Pacific cod, and shallow water flatfish. Comment period through September 29, 1997.

EA of GOA Amendment 49 for Improved retention/improved utilization; Approved: 01/12/1998
Amendment 48

69 FR 44634, 07/26/2004
Proposed rule to implement Amendments 48/48 to the FMPs for Groundfish of the GOA and BSAI - changes to the annual harvest specification process. Comment period through September 10, 2004.

69 FR 42128, 07/13/2004
Notice of Availability for Amendments 48/48 to revise the annual harvest specifications process for the groundfish fisheries of the GOA and BSAI. Comment period through September 13, 2004.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendments 48/48 for the Process by Which Annual Harvest Specifications Are Established, FONSI Approved: 10/12/2004
Amendment 47

61 FR 40380, 08/02/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule that would implement BSAI Amendment 47, GOA Amendment 47 and KTC Amendment 6 - interim observer program. Comment period through September 16, 1996.

61 FR 36702, 07/12/1996
Notice of availability for NMFS to review the repeal of the North Pacific Research Plan, BSAI 47/GOA 47/KTC 6. Comment period through September 9, 1996.

EA For Amendments 47/47/6 Approved: 10/03/1996
Amendment 46

62 FR 63690, 12/02/1997
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 46 to remove black rockfish and blue rockfish from the FMP and transfer management of those rockfish to the State of Alaska, Comment period through January 16, 1998.

62 FR 59844, 11/05/1997
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 46. Comment period through January 5, 1998.

EA/RIR of GOA Amendment 46 to Transfer the Management of Blue and Black Rockfish to the State of Alaska; Approved: 02/03/1998
Amendment 45

61 FR 9972, 03/12/1996
NMFS proposes regulations that would implement GOA Amendment 45 to establish seasonal allowances of pollock TAC by regulation. Comment period through April 22, 1996.

61 FR 8023, 03/01/1996
Notice of availability of Amendment BSAI 45. Comment period through April 26, 1996.

EA/RIR for Amendment 45 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Approved: 05/30/1996
Amendment 44

61 FR 54145, 10/17/1996
Notice of availability of  BSAI 44/GOA 44 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA and the BSAI. Comment period through December 10, 1996.

EA for Amendment 44 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI and Amendment 44 for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA Approved: 01/09/1997
Amendment 43

61 FR 49294, 09/19/1996
Notice of availability of  - BSAI 43 and GOA 43 - sweep up. Comment period through November 12, 1996.

61 FR 50797, 09/27/1996
NMFS proposes Amendments BSAI 43/GOA 43 and an amendment to the IFQ Program to increase the consolidation (sweep-up) levels for small quota share (QS) blocks for Pacific halibut and sablefish. Comment period through November 12, 1996.

Amendment 42

61 FR 29729, 06/12/1996
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 42 and GOA Amendment 42 to the FMP for the GOA Groundfish Fishery. Comment period through August 6, 1996.

61 FR 32767, 06/25/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment BSAI 42/GOA 42 and a regulatory amendment for the IFQ Program to allow QS and IFQ assigned to vessels in larger size categories to be used on smaller vessels. Comment period through August 5, 1996.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for BSAI and GOA Groundfish Amendments 42/42 for Categories (Class C and D), FRFA for BSAI Groundfish Amendment 42 and GOA Groundfish Amendment 42 Approved: 08/12/1996
Amendment 41

62 FR 43866, 08/15/1997
Proposed rule to implement Amendments BSAI 39/GOA 41/KTC 5 to establish the License Limitation Program and expand the CDQ Program. Comment period through September 29, 1997.

62 FR 32579, 06/16/1997
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 39, GOA Amendment 41, and KTC Amendment 5. Comment period through August 15, 1997.

Amendment 40

60 FR 46572, 09/07/1995
Notice of availability of Amendment 38 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, and Amendment 40 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA. Comment period through October 30, 1995.

60 FR 48087, 09/18/1995
NMFS proposed rule to implement Amendments 38 and 40 to allocate Pacific cod and pollock for processing by the inshore and offshore components through December 31, 1998 and to continue the CDQ program. Comment period through November 2, 1995.

Amendment 39

62 FR 65402, 12/12/1997
Proposed regulations to implement BSAI Amendment 36 and GOA Amendment 39. Comment period through January 26, 1998.

62 FR 60682, 11/12/1997
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 36 and GOA Amendment 39. Comment period through January 12, 1997.

EA/RIR for BSAI Groundfish Amendment 36 and GOA Groundfish Amendment 39 Effective: 04/16/1998
Amendment 38

60 FR 48087, 09/18/1995
NMFS proposed rule to implement Amendments 38 and 40 to allocate Pacific cod and pollock for processing by the inshore and offshore components through December 31, 1998 and to continue the CDQ program. Comment period through November 2, 1995.

Amendment 37

61 FR 11376, 03/20/1996
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 33 and GOA Amendment 37. Comment period through May 14, 1996.

61 FR 14547, 04/02/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement BSAI 33/GOA 37 and a regulatory amendment for the IFQ Program to allow processing of non-IFQ species. Comment period through May 17, 1996.

EA/RIR for FMP Amendments to Prohibit Use of Halibut Catcher Vessel Quota Share and Allow Freezing of Non-IFQ Species on Freezer Vessels: Effective: 07/26/1996
Amendment 36

60 FR 51452, 10/02/1995
Notice of availability of Amendment 32 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, and Amendment 36 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA. Comment period through November 27, 1995.

RIR for BSAI Amendments 32 and GOA Amendment 36 to Allow Halibut/Sablefish CDQ Compensation Quota Share Block Exemption and One-time Transfer Effective: 02/23/1996
Amendment 35

59 FR 33272, 06/27/1994
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 31,  GOA Amendment 35, and a regulatory amendment to implement the Modified Block Proposal, to clarify the transfer process for the IFQ program, and to prevent excessive consolidation of the Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries off Alaska. Comment period through August 8, 1994.

Amendment 34

59 FR 28048, 05/30/1994
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 30 and GOA Amendment 34 regarding sablefish CDQ allocation limits and vessel leases for Pacific halibut and sablefish IFQ program. Comment period through July 11, 1994.

Amendment 32

59 FR 18103, 04/14/1994
Notice of approval of Amendment 32 to the FMP for groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.

59 FR 10612, 03/07/1994
NMFS is reopening the public comment period through March 11, 1994 on proposed Amendment 32 to the FMP for groundfish.

59 FR 295, 01/03/1994
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 32. Comment period through March 7, 1994.

Draft EA/RIR/IRFA of Alternative Harvest Policy for Rebuilding Pacific Ocean Perch in the GOA Approved: 03/31/1994
Amendment 31

58 FR 39794, 07/26/1993
Notice of availability of Amendment 31 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA. Comment period through September 20, 1993

58 FR 42758, 08/11/1993
Correction to notice document 93-17606 (58 FR 39794) in the issue of Monday, July 26, 1993.

EA for Amendment 31 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA - Establish Atka Mackerel as a Separate Target Species Approved: 10/18/1993
Amendment 30

59 FR 26780, 05/24/1994
Notice of availability of Amendment 30 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, Amendment 27 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, and Amendment 3 to the FMP for the Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries of the BSAI. These amendments would incorporate the provisions of the North Pacific Fisheries Research Plan into each FMP. Comment period through July 18, 1994.

EA/RIR for the North Pacific Fisheries Research Plan FMP Amendments 27/30/3 for a Regulatory Amendment to the Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations: Approved: 08/15/1994
Amendment 29

61 FR 24750, 05/16/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement BSAI 26/GOA 29 to establish a voluntary Salmon Donation Program. Comment period through July 1, 1996.

61 FR 16456, 04/15/1996
Notice of availability of BSAI 26 and GOA 29. Comment period through June 10, 1996.

EA/RIR for Amendment 26 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI Approved: 07/10/1996
Amendment 28

60 FR 22542, 05/08/1995
Notice of availability of Amendment 23 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, revised Amendment 28 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, and revised Amendment 4 to the FMP for Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries in the BSAI. Comment period through June 1, 1995.

59 FR 28827, 06/02/1994
Proposed rule to implement Amendments BSAI 23/GOA 28/KTC 4, a moratorium for a temporary period on the entry of new vessels into the groundfish, crab, and halibut fisheries. Comment period through July 15, 1994. 

EA/RIR for Amendments 23/28/4 Correction: 09/12/1995

Approved: 06/29/1995
Amendment 27

57 FR 59072, 12/14/1992
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 27 and BSAI Amendment 22 to establish two trawl test areas in the GOA and one trawl test area in the BSAI. Comment period through January 8, 1993.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 22 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 27 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA
Amendment 26

57 FR 47321, 10/15/1992
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 26. Comment period through November 23, 1992.

57 FR 44355, 09/25/1992
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 26. Comment period through November 20, 1992.

Amendment 25

56 FR 58214, 11/18/1991
Proposed rule for BSAI Amendment 20 and GOA Amendment 25 to implement the following measures: (1) year-round trawl closures in the GOA and BSAI area within 10 nm of key Steller sea lion rookeries; and (2) new GOA pollock management districts, and a limitation on pollock seasonal harvest allowances specified for these districts. Comment period through December 30, 1991.

56 FR 56623, 11/06/1991
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 20 and GOA Amendment 25. Comment period through December 30, 1991.

EA/RIR/IRFA of a Regulatory Amendment to Delay the 1992 Directed Fishery for Groundfish, EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 25 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA and Amendment 20 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI Effective: 01/20/1992
Amendment 24

57 FR 22695, 05/29/1992
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 19 and GOA Amendment 24 to establish 1992 halibut bycatch limits for trawl and non-trawl gear in the BSAI and authorize amendments to regulations that would provide for inseason time/area closures to further reduce prohibited species bycatch rates. Comment period through July 13, 1992.

57 FR 17879, 04/28/1992
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 19 and GOA Amendment 24. Comment period through June 22, 1992.

EA of an Emergency Interim Rule that Implements 1992 Bycatch Management Measures in the Alaska Groundfish Fisheries, Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 19 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 24 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA Correction: 11/03/1992

Correction: 11/03/1992

Approved: 09/23/1992
Amendment 23

57 FR 46133, 10/07/1992
Proposed rule to implement a revision of BSAI Amendment 18 to continue an allocation of pollock between inshore and offshore components in the BSAI and revise the BSAI catcher vessel operational area, and clarify regulations implementing portions of BSAI Amendment 18 and GOA Amendment 23. Comment period through November 4, 1992.

56 FR 66009, 12/20/1991
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 18 and GOA Amendment 23. Comment period through February 3, 1992.

56 FR 64738, 12/12/1991
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 18 and GOA Amendment 23. Comment period through February 4, 1992.

SEIS/RIR/IRFA of the Proposed Inshore/Offshore Allocation Alternatives: Correction: 09/12/1995

Approved: 09/11/1995
Amendment 22

56 FR 63487, 12/04/1991
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 22 and BSAI Amendment 17 to: (1) establish a new management subarea in the BSAI; (2) establish closure areas around BSAI walrus haulouts; (3) remove statistical Area 68; and (4) allow the NMFS Alaska Regional Office Director to authorize experimental fishing permits. Comment period through January 13, 1992.

56 FR 56355, 11/04/1991
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 22 and BSAI Amendment 17. Comment period through December 27, 1991.

Amendment 21

56 FR 2981, 01/25/1991
Correction to 56 FR 1612.

56 FR 1612, 01/16/1991
Proposed rule for BSAI Amendment 16 and GOA Amendment 21. Comment period through February 5, 1991.

55 FR 50727, 12/10/1990
Notice of availability of a resubmitted portion of BSAI Amendment 16. Comment period through January 9, 1991.

55 FR 43063, 10/25/1990
Correction to 55 FR 38347.

55 FR 38347, 09/18/1990
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 16 and GOA Amendment 21. These regulations are proposed to address the following management problems in both the BSAI and GOA: (1) Prohibited species bycatch management, (2) procedures for specifying TAC, and (3) gear restrictions. Comment period through October 27, 1990.

55 FR 33340, 08/15/1990
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 16 and GOA Amendment 21 to (1) extend and modify crab and halibut bycatch management measures, including the adoption of an incentive program to impose sanctions on vessels with excessively high bycatch rates; (2) amend the definition of overfishing; (3) establish a procedure to specify interim harvest levels until superseded by publication of final annual groundfish specifications in the Federal Register; and (4) permit legal fishing gear to be defined by regulatory amendment. Comment period through October 9, 1990.

EA for Revised Amendments 16 and 21 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the BSAI and of the GOA Interim Rule: 05/10/1991Effective: 01/24/1991
Amendment 20

57 FR 57130, 12/03/1992
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 15 and GOA Amendment 20 to allocate future total catch quotas of Pacific halibut and sablefish among individual fishermen. Comment period through January 11, 1993.

57 FR 49676, 11/03/1992
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 15 and GOA Amendment 20. The proposed FMP and regulatory amendments would allocate future total catch limits of Pacific halibut and sablefish among individual fishermen. Comment period through January 4, 1993.

SEIS/EA for the IFQ Management Alternative for Fixed Gear Sablefish and Halibut Fisheries Correction: 10/13/1994

Effective: 12/09/1993
Amendment 19

55 FR 37907, 09/14/1990
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 19 and BSAI Amendment 14. Comment period through October 29, 1990.

55 FR 33737, 08/17/1990
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 19 and BSAI Amendment 14. Comment period through October 24, 1990.

EA/RIR/IRFA of Amendment 14 to the FMP for the Groundfish of the BSAI Effective:01/01/1991
Amendment 18

54 FR 51042, 12/12/1989
Proposed regulations to implement the Observer Plan provided for by Amendments 13 and 18 to the FMPs for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI and GOA. Comment period through December 21, 1989.

54 FR 39022, 09/22/1989
Correction to 54 FR 36333, September 1, 1989.

54 FR 36333, 09/01/1989
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 13 and GOA Amendment 18. Comment period through October 12, 1989.

54 FR 31861, 08/02/1989
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 13 and GOA Amendment 18 to: (1) Allocate sablefish TAC in the BSAI area between fixed and trawl gear; (2) establish a procedure to set fishing seasons on an annual basis by regulatory amendment; (3) create seasonal groundfish fishing closed zones around the Walrus Islands and Cape Pierce; (4) establish a new  recordkeeping and data reporting system; (5) establish a new observer program on domestic fishing and/or processing vessels and at shore based processing plants; and (6) clarify the authority of the Secretary to split or combine species or species groups within the target species category. Comment period through September 27, 1989.

EA/RIR/IRFA for Amendment 18 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA and Amendment 13 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI Correction: 01/11/1990

Technical Amendment: 02/13/1991Observer Plan Effective: 02/07/1990Effective: 12/06/1989
Amendment 17

53 FR 34322, 09/06/1988
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 17 and BSAI Amendment 12. Comment period through October 21, 1988.

53 FR 30322, 08/11/1988
Notice of availability of BSAI Amendment 12 and GOA Amendment 17. Comment period through October 6, 1988.

Amendment 16

52 FR 48303, 12/21/1987
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 16 and BSAI Amendment 11a. Comment period through January 30, 1988.

52 FR 45215, 11/25/1987
Notice of availability of GOA Amendment 16 and BSAI Amendment 11a. Comment period through January 16, 1988.

Amendment 15

51 FR 42603, 11/25/1986
GOA Amendment 15 would (1) revise management goals and objectives; (2) establish an administrative framework procedure for setting annual harvest levels without plan amendment; (3) revise catch reporting requirements for at-sea processors; (4) establish four time/area closures effective for three years for non-pelagic trawling to protect king crab around Kodiak Island; and (5) expand the field order authority for making inseason adjustments of harvest quotas and bycatch limits. Comment period through January 10, 1987.

51 FR 44812, 12/12/1986
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 15 to the GOA groundfish FMP. Comment period through January 17, 1987.

EA for Amendment 15 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA Correction: 04/15/1987

ER Approved: 01/01/1987 - 03/31/1987ER Extension: 04/01/1987 - 04/15/1987Effective: 04/08/1987
Amendment 14

50 FR 34881, 08/28/1985
Correction to proposed rule to implement Amendment 14 to the GOA groundfish FMP (50 FR 30481 and 50 FR 33080).

50 FR 32456, 08/12/1985
Correction to proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 14 (50 FR 30481).

50 FR 30481, 07/26/1985
Proposed rule to implement GOA Amendment 14. This amendment would allocate sablefish resources, establish a new starting date for sablefish harvest, reduce yields of certain groundfish species, define a new regulatory district, and provide a method for establishing PSC limits. Comment period through September 9, 1985.

50 FR 26812, 06/28/1985
Notice of availability of Amendment 14 to the GOA groundfish FMP. Comment period through September 6, 1985.

51 FR 13891, 04/21/1986
Combining of RINs: AB66 combines all of AB18, AB42 & AB43. The measures proposed in the amendment will (1) establish Central  SEO within existing SEO to better manage DSR which are part of the other rockfish category and which have a harivest limit of 600 mt; (2) implement harvest OYs for pollock, Pacific ocean perch, other rockfish, Atka mackerel & other species: (3) establish requirement for all U.S. C/P vessels that hold their catch for more than 2 wks. to provide weekly catch reports & check in & check out of regulatory areas; (4) give AK Reg. Dir. authority to allow fisheries that do not take halibut to continue to operate in areas where halibut bycatch  limits have been reached; (5) incorporate NMFS habitat policy into GOA groundfish FMP which gives the NPFMC authority to protect marine environment; (6) change opening date of pot and hookline sablefish fishery to April 1 in all  regulatory areas; allocate sablefish among pot hook and line and trawl fishermen and gradually reduce pot fishermen's allocation to zero over several years. 

EA for Amendment 14 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA, RIR/IRFA for Amendment 14 to the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA Part I and II Correction: 11/26/1985

Partial Implementation: 11/18/1985Approved: 04/21/1986
Amendment 13

49 FR 18144, 04/27/1984
GOA amendment 13 adjusts the management of the pollock resource by combining the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the GOA for managing the pollock fisheries and increasing the OY of pollock for the combined area from 200,000 mt to 400,000 mt. Comment period through June 11, 1984.

Amendment 11

Amendment 8

Amendment 7

Amendment 6

44 FR 46904, 08/09/1979
GOA Amendment 6 lowers the estimates of DAH and commensurately increases the TALFF. Comment period through September 22, 1979.

Amendment 5

44 FR 42738, 07/20/1979
GOA amendment 5 establishes an OY, DAH, and TALFF for fish of the genus Coryphaenoides. Comment period through August 31, 1979.

Amendment 4

44 FR 40099, 07/09/1979
GOA Amendment 4, contains 11 subparts, corrects omissions in the original plan eliminates superfluous management measures, and eases the burden of the measures on both domestic and foreign fisherman. GOA 4: modify regulatory areas; modify fishing restrictions on foreign vessels; increase the OY for squid and Atka mackerel; relax domestic restrictions on trawl gear; require annual renewal of  domestic fishing permits, and extend the period for submitting domestic catch reports. Comment period through August 16, 1979.

Amendment 3

43 FR 47222, 10/13/1978
The GOA amendment 3 proposed rule permits foreign longline fishermen to take the entire Chirikof TALFF (and any allocated reserves) for Pacific cod in that portion of the Chirikof subarea west of 157° W. longitude. Comment period through November 20, 1978.

Amendment 2

43 FR 46349, 10/06/1978
GOA amendment 2 raises the pollock reserve to 133,800 metric tons, with appropriate increases in the reserves of species that will be taken incidental to a directed fishery for pollock, in order to assure that an adequate supply of fish is available for harvest through October 31, 1979 by U.S. fishermen in potential joint venture operations involving sale of U.S. caught fish to foreign processing vessels at sea. Comment period through November 17, 1978.

Amendment 1

43 FR 34825, 08/07/1978
The purpose of GOA amendment 1 and proposed implementation regulations are (1) to extend the time frame of the FMP so that conservation and management measures will be in effect through October 31, 1979, (2) and to conform the phrasing of the regulations to be consistent with a fishing year beginning on November 1. Comment period through September 21, 1978.

Amendment 0

43 FR 17242, 04/21/1978
Implement a FMP for Groundfish in the FCZ of the GOA. Fishing in the Gulf of Alaska by vessels of the United States for the following stocks must be conducted in accordance with these regulations: pollock, cod, flounders, Pacific ocean perch, other rockfish,  sablefish, Atka mackerel, squid, and all other stocks of finfish (except salmon, steelhead trout, Pacific halibut, herring and tuna). Comment period through June 6, 1978.

Salmon FMP -FMP for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ Off Alaska (PDF)
Notice of Availability Analysis Corrections Approval/Final Rule
Amendment 13

83 FR 9257, 03/05/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) submitted Amendment 115 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, Amendment 105 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Amendment 49 to the FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs, Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ Off Alaska, and Amendment 2 to the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area. Comment period through May 4, 2018.

Final EA Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendments for: Approved: 05/31/2018
Amendment 10

, Amendment 11

, Amendment 12

77 FR 21716, 04/11/2012
Proposed rule to implement Salmon Amendment 12 to revise specific regulations and remove obsolete regulations in accordance with the modifications proposed by Amendment 12. Comment period through May 29, 2012.

77 FR 19605, 04/02/2012
Notice of availability for Amendments 10, 11, and 12 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries. Comment period through June 1, 2012.

EA/RIR for Amendment 12 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ Off the Coast of Alaska, Amendment 12 FONSI, Amendments 10 and 11 CE Amendment 12 Approved: 06/29/2012
Amendment 9

72 FR 65539, 11/21/2007
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 88 and revise the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area boundary. Revisions to the AIHCA also are described in the proposed KTC Amendment 23, Scallop Amendment 12, and Salmon Amendment 9. No regulatory amendments are needed for implementing these FMP amendments due to a prohibition on using nonpelagic trawl gear in the crab, scallop, and salmon fisheries. Comment period through January 7, 2008.

72 FR 63871, 11/13/2007
Notice of Availability of Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area Revision: BSAI Amendment 88, KTC Amendment 23, Scallop Amendment 12, and Salmon Amendment 9. Comment period on these amendments through January 14, 2008.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendments 88, 23, 12, 9, and regulatory amendments to revise the AI habitat conservation area Approved: 02/04/2008
Amendment 7

, Amendment 8

71 FR 14470, 03/22/2006
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendments 78 and 65, GOA Amendments 73 and 65, KTCAmendments 16 and 12, Scallop Amendments 7 and 9, and Salmon Amendments 7 and 8. These amendments, if approved, would revise the FMPs by identifying and describing essential fish habitat (EFH), designating habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs), and including measures to minimize to the extent practicable adverse effects on EFH. Comment period through May 8, 2006.

Draft EA/RIR/RFA for Amendments 65/65/12/7/8 Approved: 05/03/2006
Amendment 6

66 FR 51001, 10/05/2001
Salmon Amendment 6 to revise the overfishing definitions for the salmon fishery. Comment period through December 4, 2001.

EA for Amendment 6 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries off the Coast of Alaska to Revise Definitions of Overfishing Approved: 01/02/2002
Amendment 5

63 FR 56601, 10/21/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 55/55/8/5/5 to describe Essential Fish Habitat in Alaska and identify risks to certain fisheries, 12/21/98.

EA of Amendments 55/55/8/5 to the BSA/GOA/KTC and Scallop FMPs Approved: 01/20/1999
Amendment 4

55 FR 50574, 12/07/1990
Notice of availability of Amendment 4 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries Comment period through January 28, 1991.

EA for Amendment 4 to the FMP for Salmon Approved: 03/01/1991
Amendment 3

55 FR 23454, 06/08/1990
Notice of availability of Amendment 3 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries. Amendment 3 generally defers regulation of the salmon fisheries in the EEZ off the coast of Alaska to the State of Alaska, provides for consistency with the Pacific Salmon Commission, considers fish habitat, and addresses fishing vessel safety issues. Comment period through July 2, 1990.

55 FR 28789, 07/13/1990
In a notice of availability of Amendment 3 to the FMP for the High Seas Salmon Fishery off the Coast of Alaska, published June 8, 1990 (55 FR 23454), an incorrect closing date for receiving comments was inadvertently given. Therefore, NOAA is issuing this document to correct the closing date for receiving comments to read August 2, 1990.

Amendment 3

55 FR 28661, 07/12/1990
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 3 to the FMP for Salmon Fisheries. Comment period through August 20, 1990.

55 FR 23454, 06/08/1990
Notice of availability of Amendment 3 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries. Amendment 3 generally defers regulation of the salmon fisheries in the EEZ off the coast of Alaska to the State of Alaska, provides for consistency with the Pacific Salmon Commission, considers fish habitat, and addresses fishing vessel safety issues. Comment period through July 2, 1990.

Amendment 2

46 FR 33041, 06/26/1981
Emergency interim rule and notice of availability of plan amendment for Amendment No. 2 to the FMP for the High Seas Salmon Fishery Off the Coast of Alaska East of 175 Degrees East Longitude. These regulations reduce the Southeast Alaska catch of Chinook salmon, facilitate data collection, distribute the burden of conservation more equitably between hand trollers and power trollers, and coordinate Federal regulations with State of Alaska salmon regulations. Effective June 23, 1981 through August 10, 1981. Comment period through August 10, 1981.

Amendment 1

45 FR 34020, 05/21/1980
Approval of Salmon amendment 1 and partial disapproval of amendments.  The approved amendments will: (1) Allow entry into the troll fishery in the FCZ by hand trollers and those holders of valid State of Alaska entry permits for the power troll fishery (as of May 15,1979), or a valid Federal permit; (2) Provide for transfer of State permits under State law with review and oversight by the DOC; (3) Strengthen the inseason management philosophy expounded in the FMP by providing for an area-wide closure for ten days beginning approximately July l0th unless inseason assessment indicates that the coho salmon run is considerably stronger than usual or has moved inshore prior to that date; (4) Require that all troll caught chinook or coho salmon be landed with heads on; (5) Prohibit the possession of salmon in any area where the taking of that species is prohibited; (6) Restrict trollers to no more than four lines in the area south of the latitude of Cape Spencer, and no more than six lines north of that line; (7) Permit no more than six operational gurdies aboard any licensed salmon trolling vessel; and (8) Redefine regulatory areas 154,157, and 189. Comment period through July 14, 1980.

Amendment 0

Scallop FMP -FMP for the Scallop Fishery off Alaska (PDF)
Notice of Availability Analysis Corrections Approval/Final Rule
Amendment 15

77 FR 47356, 08/07/2012
Notice of availability of EFH amendments: Groundfish BSAI Amendment 98, Groundfish GOA Amendment 90, BSAI Crab Amendment 40, Scallop Amendment 15, and Arctic Amendment 1. Comment period through October 9, 2012.

EA for EFH Omnibus Amendments:, FONSI Approved: 10/31/2012
Amendment 13

76 FR 40674, 07/11/2011
Notice of availability of Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Scallop fishery off Alaska. Comment period through September 9, 2011.

EA for Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Scallop Fishery Off Alaska; Approved: 09/30/2011
Amendment 12

72 FR 65539, 11/21/2007
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendment 88 and revise the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area boundary. Revisions to the AIHCA also are described in the proposed KTC Amendment 23, Scallop Amendment 12, and Salmon Amendment 9. No regulatory amendments are needed for implementing these FMP amendments due to a prohibition on using nonpelagic trawl gear in the crab, scallop, and salmon fisheries. Comment period through January 7, 2008.

72 FR 63871, 11/13/2007
Notice of Availability of Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area Revision: BSAI Amendment 88, KTC Amendment 23, Scallop Amendment 12, and Salmon Amendment 9. Comment period on these amendments through January 14, 2008.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendments 88, 23, 12, 9, and regulatory amendments to revise the AI habitat conservation area Approved: 02/04/2008
Amendment 11

71 FR 14470, 03/22/2006
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendments 78 and 65, GOA Amendments 73 and 65, KTCAmendments 16 and 12, Scallop Amendments 7 and 9, and Salmon Amendments 7 and 8. These amendments, if approved, would revise the FMPs by identifying and describing essential fish habitat (EFH), designating habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs), and including measures to minimize to the extent practicable adverse effects on EFH. Comment period through May 8, 2006.

71 FR 6031, 02/06/2006
Notice of Availability of BSAI Amendments 78/65; GOA 73/65; KTC 16/12; Scallop 7/9/11; and Salmon 7/8. These amendments would revise the FMPs by identifying and authorizing protection measures for essential fish habitat (EFH) and habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs) and update the biological and management information in the scallop FMP. Comment period through April 7, 2006.

Amendment 10

70 FR 15063, 03/24/2005
Notice of availability for proposed Scallop Amendment 10 to modify the gear endorsements under the LLP for the scallop fishery to increase the dredge size allowed on vessels that qualify for the gear restriction endorsement. Comment period through May 23, 2005.

70 FR 19409, 04/13/2005
Proposed rule to implement Scallop Amendment 10 to modify the gear endorsements under the license limitation program (LLP) for the scallop fishery. Comment period through May 31, 2005.

EA/RIR/FRFA for Amendment 10 to the Scallop FMP to modify the LLP Approved: 06/22/2005
Amendment 9

71 FR 14470, 03/22/2006
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendments 78 and 65, GOA Amendments 73 and 65, KTCAmendments 16 and 12, Scallop Amendments 7 and 9, and Salmon Amendments 7 and 8. These amendments, if approved, would revise the FMPs by identifying and describing essential fish habitat (EFH), designating habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs), and including measures to minimize to the extent practicable adverse effects on EFH. Comment period through May 8, 2006.

Approved: 05/03/2006
Amendment 8

66 FR 65028, 12/17/2001
Proposed Rule to implement Amendments BSAI 61/GOA 61/KTC 13/SCAL 8 to incorporate provisions of the AFA into FMPs. Comment period through January 31, 2002.

66 FR 59225, 11/27/2001
Notice of Availability for BSAI 61/GOA 61/KTC 13/SCAL 8 to incorporate provisions of the AFA into FMPs. Comment period through January 28, 2002.

EA/RIR for Amendments 61/61/13/8, EIS for American Fisheries Act Amendments 61/61/13/8 Partially Approved: 02/27/2002
Amendment 7

71 FR 14470, 03/22/2006
Proposed rule to implement BSAI Amendments 78 and 65, GOA Amendments 73 and 65, KTCAmendments 16 and 12, Scallop Amendments 7 and 9, and Salmon Amendments 7 and 8. These amendments, if approved, would revise the FMPs by identifying and describing essential fish habitat (EFH), designating habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs), and including measures to minimize to the extent practicable adverse effects on EFH. Comment period through May 8, 2006.

Draft EA/RIR/RFA for Amendments 65/65/12/7/8 Approved: 05/03/2006
Amendment 6

63 FR 66112, 11/30/1998
Notice of Availability for Amendment 7 for the Crab FMP and Amendment 6 for the Scallop FMP of revisions of definitions for overfishing, MSY and OY, 2/1/99

EA for Scallop FMP Amendment 6 to revised the overfishing definition and add information on bycatch data collection; Approved: 03/03/1999
Amendment 5

63 FR 56601, 10/21/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendments 55/55/8/5/5 to describe Essential Fish Habitat in Alaska and identify risks to certain fisheries, 12/21/98.

EA of Amendments 55/55/8/5 to the BSA/GOA/KTC and Scallop FMPs Approved: 01/20/1999
Amendment 4

65 FR 12500, 03/09/2000
Notice of Availability of Scallop Amendment 4 to establish a Scallop LLP. Comment period through May 8, 2000.

65 FR 21385, 04/21/2000
Scallop FMP Amendment 4, License Limitation Program. Comment period through June 5, 2000.

Environmental Assessment for Amendment 4 to the FMP for Scallop Fishery Off Alaska Approved: 06/08/2000
Amendment 3

63 FR 18863, 04/15/1998
Proposed rule to implement Amendment 3 to the Scallop FMP to delegate to the State of Alaska the authority to manage all aspects of the scallop fishery, except limited access, 6/1/98.

63 FR 15376, 03/30/1998
Notice of Availability of Amendment 3 to the FMP for the scallop fishery off Alaska, 6/1/98.

EA/RIR of Scallop FMP Amendment 3 to delegate authority to the State of Alaska Approved: 07/14/1998
Amendment 2

61 FR 67990, 12/26/1996
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Scallop 2 to establish a temporary scallop vessel moratorium on the entry of additional vessels into the scallop fishery off Alaska. Comment period through February 10, 1997.

61 FR 64047, 12/03/1996
Notice of availability of Amendment 2 to the FMP for the Scallop Fishery off Alaska. Comment period through February 3, 1997.

EA/RIR/FRFA of Amendments 1 and 2 to the FMP for the Scallop Fishery off Alaska Correction: 04/22/1997

Approved: 05/12/1997
Amendment 1

61 FR 19902, 05/03/1996
Notice of availability of Scallop Amendment 1. Comment period through June 28, 1996.

61 FR 21431, 05/10/1996
NMFS proposes Scallop Harvest Specifications to implement Amendment 1 to the Scallop FMP. Comment period through June 21, 1996.

EA/RIR/FRFA of Amendments 1 and 2 to the FMP for the Scallop Fishery off Alaska Approved: 08/01/1996
Amendment 0

60 FR 24822, 05/10/1995
Proposed regulations to implement a FMP for the Scallop Fishery Off Alaska. The FMP would specify the long-term optimum yield (OY) for the scallop fishery in Federal waters off Alaska as a numerical range of 0–1.1 million lbs (0–499 mt)) of shucked scallop meats. The only management measure authorized under the FMP would be an interim closure of Federal waters off Alaska to fishing for scallops. The closure of Federal waters would remain effective for up to 1 year and is necessary to prevent overfishing of scallop stocks during the period of time an alternative FMP is prepared that would allow the controlled harvest of scallops in Federal waters. Comment period through June 19, 1995.