At this meeting the Council received reports and presentations on a series of stakeholder and SSPT meetings that have taken place to assist the Council in revisions to its EDR Programs, and made adjustments to its outstanding analysis. The Council had mostly recently reviewed its EDR revisions analytical package at the Jan/Feb 2020 Council meeting, where they included an alternative to consider removing the EDR reporting requirements. At this meeting, in response to the SSPT recommendations as well as information provided through the workshops, the Council slightly amended its alternative set to break that alternative into options for the four specific programs (i.e., GOA trawl, Crab, BSAI Amendment 80, BSAI Amendment 91). This provides analysts more explicit direction to evaluate, by fishery, what information would be no longer available if an EDR was discontinued. This analysis will return to the Council with the possibility of final action, at which time the Council can speak to its intention for each EDR. The Council can also respond to the SSPT recommendation, and consider whether the EDR purpose and need statement originally created by the Council for each fishery is still relevant.
The Council has had two separate EDR actions listed on its three-meeting outlook; at this meeting, the Council stated that it considered its EDR “issue 2” (motion from April 2019) to be fulfilled by the SSPT and stakeholder workshops process. Content gathered during the discussions with stakeholders and SSPT will be informative for the outstanding EDR analysis, and analysts may fold in any issues highlighted in the “issue 2” motion to the extent helpful.
The SSPT also identified a number of smaller changes to BSAI crab and Amendment 80 forms that may reduce burden and increase clarity and quality of data collection derived from the EDRs. These modifications do not require regulatory changes. The Council requested AFSC staff consult stakeholders to address these issues and provide an update in the NMFS management report of any changes prior to implementation.
Staff contact is Sarah Marrinan.