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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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