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Environmental Assessment of Amendment 3 Fishery Management Plan for the Scallop off Alaska
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    The Scallop fishery off Alaska is currently managed under a cumbersome State-Federal management regime established by Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Scallop Fishery off Alaska (FMP) under which each State regulation and management action must be duplicated by a parallel Federal action. In discussing this amendment, the Council noted that it could serve as a temporary program to prevent unregulated fishing in Federal waters until changes in the Magnuson-Stevens Act would provide the Council with the authority to delegate to the State authority to manage the scallop fishery in Federal waters. While this management regime has enabled NMFS to reopen Federal waters to fishing for scallops, it has proven to be cumbersome in practice. NMFS in season management staff must draft and publish Federal Register notices that duplicate every State scallop management action, and State scallop managers are constrained in their ability make rapid management decisions because they must coordinate each action with NMFS and provide sufficient lead-time for publication of the action in the Federal Register.
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