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Framework Amendment 1 to the fishery management plan for coastal migratory pelagic resources in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic region : Spanish mackerel annual catch limits
  • Published Date:
    2014
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    United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Southeast Region. ; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (U.S.) ; ... More ▼
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    "A Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) stock assessment for Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) and Atlantic Spanish mackerel and cobia was finalized in 2013. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (South Atlantic Council)'s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) reviewed the result of the stock assessment in April 2013 and requested projections from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC). In June 2013, the South Atlantic Council received the SSC's recommendations for the Atlantic Spanish mackerel acceptable biological catch (ABC), but the South Atlantic Council requested that the SSC review the Spanish mackerel projections and revisit recommendations for the overfishing limit (OFL) and the ABC. In October 2013, the SSC reviewed the projections again and recommended an OFL value of 7.03 million pounds (mp) in 2014/2015, 6.62 mp in 2015/2016, and 6.519 mp in 2016/2017. The SSC also recommended a revised ABC value of 6.063 mp for 2014/2015-2016/2017. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council)'s SSC reviewed the results of the Gulf Spanish mackerel stock assessment in May 2013 and requested projections from the SEFSC. In August 2013, the Gulf Council received and accepted the SSC recommendations for the Gulf Spanish mackerel OFL and ABC for 2013/2014-2016/2017. OFL was set at 14.4 mp for 2013/2014, 12.9 mp for 2014/2015, 12.0 mp for 2015/2016, and 11.5 mp for 2016/2017. The Gulf SSC recommended ABCs at 14.2 mp for 2013/2014, 12.7 mp for 2014/2015, 11.8 mp for 2015/2016, and 11.3 mp for 2016/2017. In accordance with the provisions set forth in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and regulations found at 50 CFR 622.389 (Adjustment of Management Measures), the intent of Framework Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Region (Framework Amendment 1) is to revise the annual catch limit (ACL), optimum yield (OY) and recreational annual catch target (ACT) for Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel, and revise the ACL for Gulf migratory group Spanish mackerel based on both Council's SSC recommendations. Framework Amendment 1 with the integrated Environmental Assessment was available for public review before and during each Gulf Council and South Atlantic Council meeting when actions were discussed, public hearings held in January 2014, during the proposed rule phase of the rulemaking process, and online at www.safmc.net and www.gulfcouncil.org"-- Summary (page iv).

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