NPFMC Takes Action on the Halibut CSP Again!

The Council took final action on the Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). By a vote of 10-1 (Sam Cotton opposed) they adopted Alternative 3 for Area 2C and Alternative 4 for Area 3A. The final percentages approved were :

Area 2C:
At a combined charter and setline halibut catch limit of <5 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 18.3% of the combined charter and commercial setline halibut catch limit. When the combined charter and setline halibut is between ≥ 5 million pounds and ≤5.755 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 0.915 million pounds. When the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit is > 5.755 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 15.9% of the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit.

Area 3A:
At a combined charter and setline halibut catch limit of <10 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 18.9% of the combined charter and commercial setline halibut catch limit. When the combined charter and setline halibut is between ≥ 10 million pounds and ≤10.8 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 1.890 million pounds. When the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit is > 10.8 million pounds and ≤20 million pounds , the charter allocation will be 17.5% of the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit. When the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit is between >20 million pounds and ≤25 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 3.5 million pounds. When the combined charter and setline halibut catch limit is greater than 25 million pounds, the charter allocation will be 14.0% of the combined charter and commercial setline halibut catch limit.

Compared to the CSP adopted in 2008:
2C lost 0.8 to 1.0% of the combined catch limit (CCL), depending on abundance levels, to charter.
3A lost 3.5% of the combined catch limit to charter at CCL below 20,000,000 pounds.

The high end of the allocation alternatives would have re-allocated, in 2C at time of low abundance 4.5% and in 3A in times of low abundance 5.3%
The Guided Angler Fish (GAF) program was adopted and the logbooks were recommended to be used as the primary data collection method for charter harvest over the Statewide Harvest Survey (SWHS).
Thank you to the SEAFA members who attended the meeting or submitted written testimony. This has been a long battle and is not over until a final rule is published.
I will post the full motion as passed when available

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