The H&G Sector – Pre Amendment 80

Amendment 49 – Implemented January 1998:

  • Required all vessels fishing for groundfish in the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area to retain all pollock and Pacific cod beginning January 3, 1998 and retain all rock sole and yellowfin sole beginning January 1, 2003.

Amendment 75 – Partially implemented May 29, 2003, revised Amendment 49:

  • Delayed indefinitely the implementation of the flatfish retention and utilization requirements.

Amendment 79- Implemented on August 31, 2005:

  • Established a groundfish retention standard (GRS) in the non-American Fisheries Act (non-AFA) catcher-processor fleet, increasing retention from 65%, in steps to 85%;
  • Introduced many new monitoring and enforcement requirements (2 observers, flow scales, etc.);
  • Applied only to vessels >125 feet long.

Amendment 85 – Partially implemented on March 5, 2007, superseded Amendments 46 and 77:

  • Re-allocated Pacific cod among sectors in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI);
  • The non-American Fisheries Act (non-AFA) catcher-processor sector received 13.4% of the Initial Total Allowable Catch (ITAC) after Community Development Quota (CDQ) and Alaska state water fisheries are subtracted (significantly less than was caught in the post-AFA years).

Amendment 80 – Implemented on July 26, 2007, superseded Amendments 49 and 75:

  • Allocated 6 target species (yellowfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific ocean perch, Pacific cod, Atka mackerel, rock sole) in the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands (BSAI)  among trawl sectors;
  • Allocated halibut, Red King crab, Opilio and tanner crab (2 zones), otherwise known as prohibited species or PSC to the non- American Fisheries Act (non-AFA) trawl catcher/processor sector;
  • Created a limited access privilege program (LAPP) to facilitate the formation of harvesting cooperative in the non-AFA trawl catcher/processor sector.