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Final supplement to the final programmatic environmental impact statement for the fishery management plan for regulating offshore marine aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico
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    2015
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Final supplement to the final programmatic environmental impact statement for the fishery management plan for regulating offshore marine aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico
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    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Office of Protected Resources. ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    In 2009, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) submitted the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (Aquaculture FMP/FPEIS)1, and its associated rulemaking, to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for agency review under procedures of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA). The Aquaculture FMP/PEIS entered into effect by operation of law on September 3, 2009. On the same date, the NOAA Administrator announced that the agency would develop a new national policy for marine aquaculture which would include guidance for federal waters. On June 9, 2011, NOAA released its Marine Aquaculture Policy (NOAA Aquaculture Policy) and announced its intentions to move forward with rulemaking for the Aquaculture FMP/FPEIS. Draft implementing regulations for the Aquaculture FMP/FPEIS were published on August 28, 2014 (79 FR 51424). The NMFS is currently reviewing comments on the draft regulations and plans to publish final regulations in 2015. After regulations are finalized, NMFS can begin accepting applications for Gulf Aquaculture Permits under the Aquaculture FMP/FPEIS. On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Macondo 252 (MC252) oil rig, resulting in the release of million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). In addition, Corexit 9500A dispersant was applied as part of the effort to constrain the spill. After 85 days, the well was successfully capped in a coordinated effort on July 15, 2010. In January 2013, NMFS published a Notice of Intent (78 FR 5403) to prepare a draft Supplement to the Aquaculture FMP/FPEIS (DSFPEIS) in order to consider new circumstances and information arising from the DWH blowout. The DSFPEIS was made available for public comment in February 2014 (79 FR 9199)2 and NMFS received six comment letters. Public comments were reviewed by NMFS and used to inform this final SFPEIS document. The response to comments is located in Appendix C.

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