→ Amendment 48 on Community Development Quota Program for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands crab rationalization program

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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 48 to the National Marine Fisheries Service for review. Amendment 48 'would revise the Crab Fishery Management Plan to specify how the National Marine Fisheries Service determines the amount of limited access privileges held and used by groups in the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program for the purposes of managing the excessive share limits under the Crab Rationalization Program [implemented April 2005]. Amendment 48 is necessary to make the Crab Fishery Management Plan consistent with Magnuson-Stevens Act requirements and the current method of managing excessive share limits for Community Development Quota Program groups.' The National Marine Fisheries Service is soliciting public comment on the proposed Amendment 48.