National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration February 23, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
Document Number: 2017-03497
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan (Plan) and codified regulations for the International Pacific Halibut Commission's (IPHC or Commission) regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California (Area 2A). In addition, NMFS proposes to implement the portions of the Plan and management measures that are not implemented through the IPHC. These measures include the sport fishery allocations and management measures for Area 2A. These actions are intended to conserve Pacific halibut, provide angler opportunity where available, and minimize bycatch of overfished groundfish species.