August 02, 2003
"The changes will streamline the record keeping process for fishermen while it helps us more efficiently administer the program," said Jeff Passer, Special Agent in Charge for the Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries. "It also clarifies the regulations and makes them more consistent."
The IFQ program has been in effect since 1995. It established transferable harvesting privileges among fishermen. Once the program was well in place, NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement met with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's IFQ Implementation Team and reviewed the impact of the regulations. The group agreed to changes in three main areas to reduce the industry's reporting burden without adversely affecting enforcement.
The new rules:
The Product Transfer Report is available online [click here: Product Transfer Report (pdf)] and can be filled in on screen and then faxed or e-mailed.
Details of the new regulations can be found in the Federal Register notice, posted on Federal Register Notices.
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