This action proposes adjustments to the current groundfish monitoring program to improve the reliability and accountability of catch reporting in the commercial groundfish fishery to ensure there is precise and accurate representation of catch (landings and discards).

Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) – Preliminary Submission

  • IMPORTANT:  This is the Council’s preliminary submission of Amendment 23. The document is subject to further review and editing for clarification before the final submission is transferred to the National Marine Fisheries Service for review, approval, and implementation.

Amendment 23 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Volume I – Preliminary Submission, April 30, 2021

Amendment 23 FEIS Volume II, Appendices

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

Summary of all Amendment 23 DEIS Comments
Amendment 23 Public Hearing Document 
Amendment 23 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Volume I, March 4, 2020
Amendment 23 DEIS Volume II, Appendices
Written Comments for Amendment 23 DEIS, received by August 31, 2020 deadline
Hearing Summaries for all Public Hearings, April 15 – August 26, 2020

Additional Analyses and Relevant Background Materials
Letter from GARFO to NEFMC – approval of audit model EM and video review rates – November 26, 2019
Letter from NEFSC to NEFMC - vessel observer coverage levels – November 22, 2019
PDT memo - Vessel specific coverage levels – November 19, 2019
PDT Memo - Uncertainties in current groundfish monitoring program; review of international monitoring programs; OLE discussion on Dockside Monitoring – May 3, 2018
PDT Memo - Summary of completed and planned analyses – April 6, 2018

Public Hearings 
1. Amendment 23 Public Hearing Document - Updated, August 26, 2020
2. Amendment 23 Public Hearing Document- Appendix 1: Fishing Vessel Profiles by Homeported State
3. Amendment 23 Public Hearing Presentation - Updated, July 14, 2020

1. Scoping Meeting Notice
2. Scoping Document
3. Staff Presentation