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Final regulatory amendment to the reef fish fishery management plan
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    Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Southeast Region, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration,
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    "The recreational sector has demonstrated the ability to catch its greater amberjack quota well before the end of the fishing year. In 2009, the recreational sector met its greater amberjack quota in August. Even with the extensive fishery closures during 2010 because of the Deepwater Horizon MC252 oil spill, preliminary recreational landings data for 20 I0 indicate the quota was met. NOAA Fisheries Service has projected that the 2011 quota could be met by August. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) recognized that lengthy and early in-season closures could cause economic and social disruption to for-hire businesses, private anglers, and shoreside support facilities, such as marinas, bait shops, hotels, and restaurants. The intent of this framework action is to avoid in-season quota closures during peak recreational fishing months, increase social and economic benefits, and potentially provide biological benefits by protecting the stock during the peak spawning period. This action closes the greater amberjack recreational fishing season from June I-July 31 beginning in 2011 . The environmental assessment analyzes the impacts of the action. The action is intended to provide an opportunity to harvest the full recreational greater amberjack quota and provide flexibility in achieving the Council's designated optimum yield for the fishery, thus enhancing social and economic benefits to the fishery"--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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