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Characterization of the West Coast deep-set longline fishery operating outside of the U.S. exclusive economic zone environmental assessment
  • Published Date:
    2011
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    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Southwest Region, ; Southwest Fisheries Center (U.S.) ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration,
  • Description:
    A single deep-set longline fishing vessel based out of the U.S. west coast has been conducting fishing operations on the high seas since 2005 under the authority of the High Seas Fishing Compliance Act and a Highly Migratory Species permit issued under the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (HMSFMP). When the HMSFMP was developed, the PFMC and NOAA Fisheries did not anticipate the development of a deep-set longline fishery based out of the west coast due to the economic and vessel constraints associated with operating far from west coast ports, thus a thorough analysis of the possible impacts to the human environment was not conducted in the environmental impact statement prepared for the HMSFMP. This environmental assessment (EA) provides a detailed characterization and analysis of the existing deep-set longline fishery operating on the high seas based out of the west coast, as well as an analysis of a potential minor expansion of the fishery. Two alternatives were analyzed in this EA: closing the fishery (action alternative), or allowing the fishery to remain open (no action alternative). Impacts to the human environment were found to be insignificant due to the limited size of the fishery (i.e ., only one vessel has participated in the fishery since 2005) and the stringent management measures already in place. The preferred alternative for this EA is the no action alternative, which would allow the west coast deep-set longline fishery to continue operating on the high seas in accordance with the management measures established by the PFMC and NOAA Fisheries in Section 6.2.2 of the HMSFMP"--Cover letter; 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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