Groundfish FMP Amendment 15: Measures to Limit Participation in the Pacific Whiting Fishery

Amendment 15 was an interim measure. The adopted provisions ended when the trawl rationalization program was implemented under Amendment 20. Amendment 15 prohibited sector-specific participation in the shoreside, catcher/processor, and mothership sectors of the Pacific whiting fishery in each sector for which a vessel did not have a historic participation record during the qualifying period. It was implemented in March 2009; in August 2010, NMFS approved Amendment 20, which removed the provisions inserted into the FMP by Amendment 15.

Final rule and correction notice

Final environmental assessment and amendment language

Secretarial approval letter (June 18, 2008)