The Council specified OFLs and ABCs for Aleutian Islands golden king crab (AIGKC) and accepted the updated BSAI Crab SAFE chapter. For AIGKC, the Council adopted an OFL of 3,761 mt and ABC of 2,821 mt for the 2022/23 fishing year. Based on the updated stock assessment, AIGKC is not overfished. The AIGKC 2022 catch data are still preliminary, thus a determination of stock status with respect to overfishing will not be provided until the final 2022 BSAI Crab SAFE is approved by the SSC at the October 2022 Council meeting.
The Council also reviewed model scenarios for Pribilof Islands blue king crab, Eastern Bering Sea snow crab, Bristol Bay red king crab, and Eastern Bering Sea Tanner crab and several other issues from the May 2022 Crab Plan Team Report.
Staff contact for the BSAI Crab Plan Team is Sarah Rheinsmith.