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Environmental assessment, final regulatory impact review, and final regulatory flexibility analysis for a final rule to establish quotas for the 2011 commercial fishing season and adaptive management measures for the Atlantic shark fishery
  • Published Date:
    2010
Filetype[PDF-954.98 KB]


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    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Highly Migratory Species Division, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    "The 2011 Atlantic commercial shark season specifications adjusts quotas for the 2011 fishing season for the Atlantic shark fisheries based on any over- and/or underharvests during the 2009 and 2010 Atlantic commercial shark fishing seasons and announces the start of the fishing season for all Atlantic shark fisheries, including the shark research fishery. This rulemaking does not affect the annual base quotas or the methods for calculating adjusted quotas established in Amendments 2 and 3 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (73 FR 35778, June 24, 2008; corrected at 73 FR 40658, July 15, 2008; 75 FR 30484, June 1, 2010). In addition to establishing the 2011 quotas, in this final action, NMFS is also implementing criteria to add flexibility to shark management to allow for delays to the start of the different shark species/complex fishing seasons each year through the annual specifications process as well as to allow inseason actions to make adjustments to the shark trip limits, as necessary, to extend the fishing season. The included Environmental Assessment (EA) tiers from and incorporates by reference the pre-existing Amendment 2 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species HMS FMP (Amendment 2) and Amendment 3 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species HMS FMP (Amendment 3), as well as the scope and effect of activities analyzed in the April 2008 FEIS for Amendment 2 and the March 2010 FEIS for Amendment 3. These measures are meant to provide, to the extent practicable, the furtherance of equitable fishing opportunities for commercial shark fishermen in all regions and areas while also considering the ecological needs of the different species. In addition, having management flexibility would help accommodate any necessary adjustments to the fishery, such as adjusting the opening of seasons, in light of unanticipated events, such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or inclement weather"--Abstract; Portfolio comprised of three related PDF documents digitized and organized by: NOAA Office of Program Planning and Integration (PPI) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) staff.

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