I listened to the whole thing. I agree with Charles W, this was a win for the fishery. So if I have this correct, here is an issue by issue summary.
These following issues were voted to be removed from further consideration, meaning the provisions currently contained in Amendment 6 will be carried forward with no change and remain as they are today.
Issue 1 - Maintain the current Goal and Objectives.
Issue 2 - Maintain the current Biological Reference Points.
Issue 4 – Stock Rebuilding Targets and Schedule. Consideration to change the rebuilding schedule were removed, but options to protect the 2015-year class were added. Note we are currently committed to a rebuilding the stock in 10 years that was triggered in 2018, meaning the stock has to be rebuilt by 2028.
Issue 5 – Regional Management.
Issue 8 – Recreational Accountability.
Issue 9 – Commercial Quota reallocation. Consideration to include this in Amendment 7 was removed, but the board tasked the Technical Committee with study indicating there will be future action on this item, perhaps in a subsequent addendum.
The following issues were voted to be included in Amendment 7, meaning there will be further analysis and consideration for change(s) made with Amendment 7.
Issue 3 – Management Triggers will receive additional analysis and consideration for change.
Issue 6 – Conservation Equivalency.
Issue 7 – Release Mortality.
I am happy to see many of the issues being tabled or excluded from being changed. Considering the work to be done and the amount of controversy surrounding the issues of Management Triggers, Conservation Equivalency, and Release Mortality, it will be interesting to see if the current schedule can be maintained. Add to that, the next stock assessment update is scheduled for 2022; I have to question when the new rules may take effect.