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Copies of Amendment 85 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, the proposed rule to implement Amendment 85, the Regulatory Impact Review (RIR), the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA), the categorical exclusion prepared for this action, and the Environmental Assessment (EA), RIR, and Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA) prepared for the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program are available from the NMFS Alaska Region at the address above or from the Alaska Region website at
The groundfish fisheries in the exclusive economic zone of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) are managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council prepared the GOA FMP under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801
NMFS proposed regulations to implement Amendment 85 to the GOA FMP on April 6, 2009 (74 FR 15420). Amendment 85 would amend the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program (Rockfish Program) to remove a restriction that prohibits certain catcher/processors from participating in directed groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) in July.
The regulations at 50 CFR 679.82(g)(3) prohibit certain catcher/processor vessels that participate in the Rockfish Program limited access fishery from participating in GOA and BSAI groundfish fisheries during a specific period of time in July. The proposed regulatory text incorrectly includes a provision to change the period of time that the prohibition against directed fishing in GOA groundfish fisheries is in effect. This incorrect proposed change is inconsistent with Amendment 85 to the GOA FMP. Amendment 85 would not change the prohibition against directed fishing in the GOA groundfish fisheries for certain catcher/processor vessels that participate in the Rockfish Program limited access fishery; it only would remove the prohibition against directed fishing by these vessels in the BSAI. This notice corrects the error in the proposed regulatory text by revising the paragraph (g)(3) to accurately reflect the intent of Amendment 85 and extends the comment period for the proposed rule to implement Amendment 85 to the
In proposed rule FR Doc. E9-7557, published on April 6, 2009 (74 FR 15420) correct the amendment to § 679.82(g)(3) in the third column on page 15428 to read:
“(g) * * *
(i) The vessel is named on an LLP license used in the rockfish limited access fishery; and
(ii) The vessel has been assigned rockfish QS greater than an amount equal to 5 percent of the Pacific ocean perch rockfish QS allocated to the catcher/processor sector.”