Loaded NPFMC agenda: red king crab protections, trawl definition changes, GOA Tanner crab, CI salmon harvest specs

Read the discussion papers for all of the NPFMC agenda items. Now's the time to comment!

by | January 24, 2024

NPFMC meets online and in person, Feb. 8-12 in Seattle; Send comments by Feb. 2

The NPFMC is set to take final action on an initial review of red king crab closure areas in Bristol Bay. A status determination, criteria and harvest specification for Cook Inlet salmon also is up for final action.

Also on the February agenda: a review of pelagic (mid-water) trawl gear definitions, and a discussion paper on Gulf of Alaska Tanner crab protections. The Council’s SSC (Science and Statistical Committee) also will discuss an “analytical approach” to small sablefish releases.

Here is a LINK TO THE AGENDA below which includes all of the documents to be discussed at the February meeting and links for comments.

All meetings are at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

The SSC will meet February 5-7, 2024.

The AP will meet February 6-9, 2024, and the Council will meet February 8-12, 2024.
The scheduleeAgenda, and pre-meeting review documents schedule

The deadline for written comments is Friday, February 2 at 12pm AKT. Submitted comments will be reviewed then visible online after the deadline closes, as per the Council’s comment policy.

To sign up for text alerts about all three meetings, text “NPFMC” to 1-833-237-1598.  Please contact npfmc.admin@noaa.gov if you need help or have questions.

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Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.

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