The Council tasked staff with a discussion paper on the Aleutian Islands Pacific cod trawl CV set-aside, in response to the recent U.S. District Court opinion on Amendment 113, and recognizing the Council’s history of supporting shorebased processing in remote fishing communities. The discussion paper is scheduled for June 2019, and will include a status report on Amendment 113 litigation, a description of the Council’s December 2018 revision to Amendment 113 including the purpose and need and the alternatives considered, and a summary of AI Pacific cod fishery conditions since the implementation of Amendment 113 in November 2016. The Council also requested the discussion paper identify potential regulatory approaches that could be used to provide opportunities for trawl catcher vessels harvesting Pacific cod in the AI delivering to AI shoreplants. consistent with the Council’s history of supporting shorebased processing in remote fishing communities
The Council noted that by June, there should be more clarity from NMFS and the Department of Justice as to whether they intend to appeal the U.S. District Court’s decision. The Council will also receive a BSAI Pacific cod allocation review. Together, these will provide a basis for considering how best to move forward.
Staff contact is Jon McCracken.