Comment Solicited on Draft Council Operating Procedure 27: Process for Initiating Allocation Reviews

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is soliciting public comment on a new Council Operating Procedure that will specify the process for initiating allocation reviews, including identification of trigger criteria for a review.  This draft was developed at the April 2019 Council meeting in response to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) procedural and policy directives.  An allocation review involves an assessment of the performance of the inter-sector allocations the Council recommends under its fishery management plans and catch sharing plans.  Such an assessment might lead the Council to conclude that a current allocation is performing well or that revisions should be considered.

The full set of NMFS directives to which the Council is responding is available in the April 2019 briefing book materials (Agenda Item D.4).  Procedural Directive 01-119-01 identifies three general types of allocation review triggers: public interest-based, time-based, and indicator-based (see pages 7-15, of the procedural directive).

The Council is scheduled to finalize  draft operating procedure 27 at its June 2019 meeting.  Comment on Draft Council Operating Procedure 27 should be submitted through the Council’s June 2019 Council meeting public comment e-portal.  Comments submitted by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2019 will be received by Council members as part of their advance briefing book materials for the June meeting.