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Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Amendments 20 and 21; Trawl Rationalization Program

Abstract: The trawl rationalization program creates an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the shore-based trawl fleet; and cooperative (coop) programs for the at-sea trawl fleet in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. This rulemaking includes regulations to implement Amendments 20 and 21 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 20 creates the structure and management details of the trawl rationalization program, which would be a limited access privilege program (LAPP) under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), as reauthorized in 2007. Amendment 21, intersector allocation, allocates the groundfish stocks between trawl and non-trawl fisheries.
RIN: 0648-AY68
Type: Rule Making