Regulatory Impact Review of Amendment to the Fishery Management plan for the salmon fisheries in the Cook Inlet EEZ
Project Lead: Don Schug, Marcus Hartley
Northern Economics developed the Regulatory Impact Review (RIR) for Amendment 14 to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Salmon Fisheries in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Alaska. The RIR contains an in-depth look at the economic impact of the salmon gillnet fisheries that occur in the Upper Cook Inlet and assesses the relative importance of harvests in federal waters to the drift gillnet fishery.
Components in the assessment were resident and non-resident harvesters, the relative importance of the fishery to individual communities, and the potential effects on processors.
The final Council decision based on the assessment closed the federal waters of Upper Cook Inlet to commercial harvesting in the drift gillnet fishery managed by the State of Alaska. The Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published its final rule September 2021.
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