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.
Secretarial approval letter (June 18, 2008)