NMFS proposes regulations that would implement Amendment 35 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area (BSAI). This amendment proposes to prohibit the use of trawl gear in a specified area of the Bering Sea (BS) during the pollock nonroe season. Regulatory amendments also are proposed that would increase 1995 observer coverage for mothership processor vessels, and some shoreside processors receiving pollock harvested in the catcher vessel operational area (CVOA) and require the mothership processor vessels and shoreside processors to obtain the capability for electronic transmission of daily observer reports. This action is necessary to reduce chum salmon bycatch amounts in the pollock fishery and is intended to promote the objectives of the FMP.
Agency Contact: Kaja Brix, 907-586-7228.
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on June 5, 1995.