Fishery Management Plan and Amendments: FMP: Amendment 17
Multi-Year Management and the Specifications and Management Measure Process
Amendment 17 establishes a biennial process for setting harvest levels and management measures for the groundfish fishery. As per Amendment 17, the groundfish management process takes place every two years, and the harvest levels and management measures set by the process are in effect for two years. From 1990 to 2004, specifications and management measures were implemented annually; 2005-2006 was the first biennial cycle.
The biennial process provides more time for the Council and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to work on other critical groundfish issues and allows time for NMFS to complete the regulatory process, including public comment, before the new fishing season begins. The development of specifications and management measures now occurs over three to four Council meetings (November-March/April-June). The harvest level, or optimum yield, for each managed stock or stock complex is established for each fishing year during the two-year management period. That is, two one-year OYs are specified for each managed species or complex.
Under Amendment 17, checkpoints are implemented to help managers decide if fishing levels need to be changed during the two-year management period based on new scientific information.
NMFS approved Amendment 17 on August 20, 2003 and the final rule implementing regulations was published Sepeptember 4, 2003 (68FR52519), with an effective date of October 6, 2003.
Download Amendment 17 by Individual Sections
- Amendment 17: Cover, Title Page, and Table of Contents
- 1.0 Purpose and Need for Action
- 2.0 Alternatives Including the Proposed Action
- 3.0 Affected Environment
- 4.0 Environmental Consequences of the Alternatives
- Sections: 5.0, 6.0, and 7.0 (combined in one file)
- Appendix A: Amendatory Language for Amendment 17 – Multi-Year Management
- Appendix B: Transition to Multi-Year Management