Regulatory Impact Review for Fishery Management Plan Amendments 59-57-9 Extending the Vessel Moratorium for the Groundfish and Crab Fisheries in and off Alaska
Amendment 59 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, Amendment 57 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, and Amendment 9 to the FMP for the Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
The temporary moratorium on the entry of vessels into the groundfish and crab fisheries under Federal jurisdiction in and off Alaska (Vessel Moratorium Program) was designed to be an interim step towards comprehensive rational management of the affected fisheries. The Vessel Moratorium Program is scheduled to expire on December 31, 1998. An expiration date was included in these FMPs because it was anticipated during the development of the Vessel Moratorium Program that it would be replaced by another management program designed to further rationalize the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI, the Groundfish of GOA, and the Commercial King and Tanner Crab Fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area by the expiration date. However, this anticipated replacement will not occur by the expiration date of the Vessel Moratorium Program. Any change in the expiration date will require FMP amendments since the expiration date is specified in the FMPs for the affected fisheries.
Various alternatives in dealing with the expiration of the Vessel Moratorium Program are analyzed in this document