At this meeting, the Council reviewed the workplan for an allocation review of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Pacific cod allocation, which is scheduled for 2019. The workplan provides background on national requirements the allocation review, program objectives for Amendment 85 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI Area, applicable management policy objectives from FMP, and the proposed approach for the allocation review.
The Council adopted the workplan as outlined, and requested staff include, to the extent practicable, SSC recommendations that primarily address document organization and AP recommendations to review prohibited species catch by season and include options for trawl CV sector to achieve their cod allocation. The Council also requested staff include in the allocation review a description of recent changes in the Pacific cod fishery and Pacific cod stocks, including the changes in the State water allocations, the additional survey of the Northern Bering Sea Research Area, recent Council-recommended modifications to Amendment 113 that created a CV trawl set aside for Aleutian Islands Pacific cod, and other changes in the Pacific cod fishery that the staff may identify.
During staff tasking, the Council also requested staff prepare a discussion paper to evaluate participation and effort in the Bering Sea Pacific cod pot catcher processor fishery in response to a potential need to limit entry and participation in the fishery. Staff contact is Jon McCracken.