The Council reviewed an initial analysis of a regulatory impact review (RIR) on whether to allow Community Quota Entities (CQEs) in Area 3A to fish D-class halibut IFQ on C-class vessels after a date specified or for a certain number of years. After reviewing the document, receiving reports from the Enforcement and IFQ committees, and considering public testimony, the Council edited the Purpose and Need statement and the alternatives to include an option to allow CQE communities to fish “D” class quota on “C” class vessels for the duration of the IFQ season in addition to the original alternatives, and released the document for public review.
Current Area 3A regulations that require “D” class IFQ to be fished on “C” class vessels have, in some circumstances, limited one CQE community’s ability to fully harvest their halibut IFQ. This action is intended as a fallback mechanism for CQEs that have unfished D-class quota late in the season to potentially avoid revenue loss, furthering the Council’s intent of encouraging CQE communities to secure long-term opportunities to access halibut. The analysis provided an overview of community participation in the CQE Program CQE in Area 3A, the potential impacts of the alternatives, and the anticipated magnitude of those impacts.
Staff contact is Sara Cleaver.