The Council discussed the relative priority and scheduling of previously tasked projects, and identified new tasking. The revised 3 meeting outlook reflects this guidance.
The Council directed staff to write a letter to NOAA providing input on ways NOAA can advance the goals and recommendations in the report on “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful.” The Council’s comment letter will highlight the conservation areas that the Council has already instituted as part of its fishery management program, and will emphasize the importance of the annual surveys as well as new initiatives to survey in the winter months. The Council considered the opportunity to provide additional new or additional information to NOAA on the St. George Unangan Heritage National Marine Sanctuary nomination review, but determined that there was no need to supplement the Council’s 2016 letter.
The Council requested staff to add additional information to its previously-tasked discussion paper on Bristol Bay red king crab boundaries, and asked that the paper be brought back for Council review as soon as possible. More information is included here.
Finally, the Council Chair announced 2022 appointments for the SSC and Advisory Panel, and for a new member for the Charter Halibut Management Committee.
Staff contact is Diana Evans.