The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (NPFMC's) Advisory Panel (AP) and the Scientific Statistical Committee (SSC) are meeting today, April 6, 2010, at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. The Council will begin meetings on Thursday, April 8, 2010 and plans to wrap up on April 13, 2010. Major issues include:
• Final action on groundfish annual catch limit requirements.
• Bering Sea Crab Rationalization Program:
Emergency exemptions from regionalization - stakeholder proposals.
Final action on western Aleutian Islands golden king crab regional delivery.
Preliminary review of Bering Sea Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Crab Annual Catch Limit Analysis and BSAI Snow/Tanner crab rebuilding plans.
• Preliminary Review of Pribilof blue king crab rebuilding plan.
• Groundfish issues:
Initial review: analysis for controlling Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Tanner crab bycatch.
Review discussion paper on GOA Chinook Salmon Bycatch.
Receive Amendment 80 Coop. report - Action as necessary.
• GOA Rockfish Program: Initial review of analysis for Central GOA limited access rockfish program.
For more information, click on the title of this post for a link to the agenda, or point your browser to: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/Agendas/410agenda.pdf.