The Council received a report from the GOA Groundfish Plan Team and adopted proposed harvest and prohibited species catch (PSC) specifications for 2020 and 2021. The GOA Groundfish Plan Team report summarized the issues discussed and actions taken by the Plan Team at its September meeting in Seattle, WA. Highlights of the GOA Plan Team report included overviews of the various surveys conducted in support of stock assessments, as well as Team discussions with individual assessment authors. The SSC provided guidance and recommendations on these issues as well as on harvest specifications for 2020. Some of the issues that pertain to GOA Groundfish were covered in the Joint Plan Team Report (discussed further under the BSAI Groundfish newsletter article).
For proposed rulemaking for the 2020 and 2021 fishing years, the SSC recommended OFLs and ABCs based on a rollover of existing 2020 specifications for all stocks. Updated stock assessments incorporating this year’s survey data and PT and SSC recommendations will be reviewed by the Plan Team at the upcoming meeting November 12-15 in Seattle. The Council recommended OFLs and ABCs consistent with SSC recommendations and proposed TACs. The Council also recommended halibut PSC limit apportionments and adopted updated halibut DMRs for 2019; full details are included in the Council motion for the GOA.
Staff contact for the GOA Groundfish Plan Team is Sara Cleaver.