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Environmental Assessment for Amendment 6 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries off the Coast of Alaska to Revise Definitions of Overfishing
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    This Environmental Assessment (EA) addresses alternatives for meeting the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) provisions for national standard 1 (§301 (a)(1)) and Section 303(a)(10). National standard 1 states that conservation and management measures shall prevent overfishing while achieving, on a continuing basis, the optimum yield from each fishery for the United Language from the Magnuson-Stevens Act 1996. States fishing industry. The Act did not change the standard, but did change the definition of optimum National Standard 1: Conservation and management measures yield and overfishing. Section 303(a)(10) of the shall prevent overfishing while achieving, on a continuing Magnuson-Stevens Act requires that all Fishery basis, the optimal yield from each fishery for the United States fishing industry. Management Plans “specify objective and measurable criteria for identifying when the fishery Overfishing: The terms “overfishing” and “overfished” mean to which the plan applies is overfished (with an a rate or level of fishing mortality that jeopardizes the capacity of a fishery to produce the maximum sustainable yield on a analysis of how the criteria were determined and continuing basis. the relationship of the criteria to the reproductive potential of stocks of fish in that fishery) and, in the case of a fishery which the Council or the Secretary has determined is approaching an overfished condition or is overfished, contain conservation and management measures to prevent overfishing and rebuild the fishery.”
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