FMP amendments to address standardized bycatch reporting methodology requirements

Action status

  • Implemented
  • Undergoing NMFS Review
  • Approved by Council
  • Under development by the Council

Federal regulations (50 CFR 600 Subpart R) require all FMPs establish a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in a fishery. The regulations implement Section 303(a)(11) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. FMPs must be consistent with the regulations by February 21, 2022.

At the November 2020, June 2021, and September 2021 meetings, the Council and its advisory bodies reviewed the Council’s four FMPs for consistency with the regulations. In November 2021, based on this review, the Council adopted amendment language for the Pacific Salmon, Coastal Pelagic Species, and Highly Migratory Species FMPs to bring them into compliance with the regulations. The Council also reaffirmed that the Groundfish FMP is consistent with the regulations and no amendment is necessary. The Council will transmit the FMP amendment language and accompanying rationale to NMFS for Secretarial review (per MSA Section 304(a)) and consistency determination in order to meet the February 21, 2022 deadline.

Draft FMP amendment language (November 2021)