The Council received a report from the Halibut abundance-based management (ABM) Stakeholder Committee and revised alternatives for the forthcoming halibut ABM PSC limit analysis.
The Committee met on February 4th to review scenarios submitted by stakeholders for consideration in the forthcoming halibut ABM PSC limit analysis. There was considerable discussion at the Committee and with the Council regarding scenarios that proposed Elements and options outside the range of the current alternative set. The Council eventually moved to include all of the concepts from the 5 submitted stakeholder proposals for analytical review, and modified the alternatives by including additional Elements and options as necessary. The Council requested that the analysis include these five scenarios, as well as additional ones developed by staff for contrast. The Council’s motion with the revised set of Alternatives for analysis is posted on the Council’s February agenda.
The Committee also discussed a process for providing analysts feedback on some measurable objectives and associated performance metrics for the analysis. Stakeholders should provide feedback to analysts on the performance metrics by Wednesday, February 20th.
The BSAI halibut ABM PSC analysis is scheduled for initial review in October 2019. An update to the SSC in April will contain the following: progress, assumptions and proposed outputs from the halibut operating model for use in evaluating trade-offs among alternatives; and a full list of the recommended scenarios for the analysis. Staff contact is Diana Stram.