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Environmental Impact Statement/Fishery Management Plan and Regulatory Impact Review for the Spiny Lobster fishery of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
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    The preperation and implementation of the Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan is mandated under the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The proposed action reccomends a management regime for controlling the harvest level or spiny lobster at a uniform basis throughout the marine waters off Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands under domestic control (in the teritorial sea and the EEZ), and identifies measures necessary to ensure appropriate implementation. The level of harvest is established as "all the non-berried lobsters in the management area. having a carapace length or 3.5 inches or greater that can be harvested on an annual basis". This would allow for an annual catch estimated to be approximately 582,000-830,000 pounds on a continuing basis. The level was established as being optimum from a biological, social, am economic standpoint--and will provide the greatest overall benefit to the nation (see Sections 5 and 6). Domestic fishermen will harvest the allowable catch and therefore no foreign fishing will be allowed (7.0). The level or harvest and other management measures will be evaluated on an annual basis and revised if deemed necessary (8.2, 11.0).
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