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Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area Amendment 97

Abstract: Amendment 97 to the BSAI FMP will allow owners of an original qualifying Amendment 80 trawl catcher/processor vessels not listed under the American Fisheries Act to replace a vessel with another vessel for any purpose. Only one replacement vessel may be used at any given time (one-for-one replacement). This action limits the size of a replacement vessel, not to exceed an LOA of 295 feet (89.9 m). A replacement vessel that replaces an Amendment 80 vessel eligible to direct fish for flatfish in the GOA will continue to be allowed to directed fish in the GOA flatfish fishery. A replacement vessel cannot enter an Amendment 80 fishery without quota share (QS) being assigned to that vessel or the associated permit. Persons holding QS permit associated with a vessel that is permanently ineligible to re-enter US fisheries is eligible to replace the vessel associated with its QS permit. Any vessel replaced under this program may be used to replace other 80 vessels. Vessels not assigned to the Amendment 80 fishery would have a sideboard limit of zero in the BSAI and GOA groundfish fisheries. Vessels must be classed and loadlined or meet the requirements of ACSA to be used to replace other the Amendment 80 vessels.
RIN: 0648-BB18
Type: Rule Making