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South Atlantic region coastal migratory pelagic Framework Action 2013 with environmental assessment and regulatory impact review
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    South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (U.S.) ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Southeast Region. ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration,
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    "The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (South Atlantic Council) recommends changes to the restrictions on transfer-at-sea and gillnet allowances for the Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel commercial sector. Currently, transfer-at-sea is prohibited for any species under a commercial trip limit, and only two gillnets are allowed on a vessel. Provisions to allow a portion of a third net to be transferred from a vessel that has met the Spanish mackerel trip limit to another vessel that has not yet reached the trip limit are intended to reduce dead discards and minimize waste when catch in one set exceeds the trip limit for the vessel. The South Atlantic Council is recommending changes in commercial trip limits for king mackerel for the Florida East Coast subzone. Modifications to the trip limits may help to minimize lost opportunities to fish for the species due to the current system of trip limits, which may increase the rate of harvest causing the commercial sector to close before Lent, the most lucrative part of the fishing season. 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 the Framework Action is to: minimize dead discards of target and other species; reduce the potential of lost fishing opportunities for mackerel fishermen in the Atlantic; and optimize utilization of the resource, while minimizing adverse biological impacts. This Framework Action with its integrated Environmental Assessment has been made available for public review before and during each South Atlantic Council meeting when the action was discussed; online at www.safmc.net; during public hearings held in August 2013; and during the proposed rule phase of the rulemaking process"--Summary (page iii).

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