Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Applications and Reporting Forms
The Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Crab Rationalization Program (CR Program) was proposed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) in June 2004 to allocate crab resources among harvesters, processors, and coastal communities for nine BSAI crab fisheries. Under the CR Program, NOAA Fisheries originally issued quota shares (QS) to eligible harvesters as determined by eligibility criteria and participation in the CR Program fisheries during qualifying years. Each year, a person who holds QS receives individual fishing quota (IFQ), which is an exclusive harvest privilege for a portion of the annual total allowable catch (TAC). QS holders can form cooperatives to pool the harvest of the yearly IFQ on fewer vessels to minimize operational costs and to provide additional flexibility in harvesting operations. NOAA Fisheries also issued processor quota share (PQS) under the CR Program. Each year, PQS yields an exclusive privilege to receive (for processing) a portion of the IFQ in each of the nine CR Program crab fisheries. This annual exclusive processing privilege is called IPQ.
Species Covered By This Permit
- BSAI Crab