GOA Chinook Cap Rollover
The Council took final action on to refine the preferred alternative for management of Chinook salmon PSC in the GOA non-pollock trawl fisheries. In June 2013, the Council considered (but did not advance) an option to allow unused Chinook salmon PSC apportioned to the Central GOA Rockfish Program CV sector to “roll over” to support other GOA CV fisheries in the fall. Staff analyzed four action alternatives to determine whether or how reincorporating a rollover might hinder the achievement of the objectives expressed in the Council’s June 2013 preferred alternative. The Council also considered a ‘no action’ alternative, which would advance the non-pollock Chinook PSC action with no rollover.
The Council selected a preferred alternative for this trailing action, under which all but 150 of the Rockfish Program CV sector’s unused Chinook PSC would roll over to other non-pollock CV fisheries on October 1. Any Chinook PSC remaining in the Rockfish Program CV sector when the program closes (November 15) would roll over at that time. The Rockfish Program CV sector would not be included in the Uncertainty Pool incentive program, as defined in the Council’s June 2013 preferred alternative. The Council noted that this alternative preserves fishing opportunities for both sectors of the CV fleet after October 1, without compromising the previously selected cap on Chinook PSC in the GOA non-pollock trawl fishery.
The preferred alternative for the trailing action, and its supporting analysis, will be integrated into the analytical document that informed the Council’s June 2013 action on the broader Chinook PSC management program, and will be forwarded as part of the final rulemaking package. Staff contact is Sam Cunningham.