| Omnibus amendment for the western Pacific region to establish a process for specifying annual catch limits and accountability measures, including an environmental assessment amendment 1 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Pacific Remote Island Areas : amendment 2 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the American Samoa Archipelago : amendment 2 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Mariana Archipelago : amendment 3 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Hawaii Archipelago : amendment 4 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pacific Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region - :4154 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
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Omnibus amendment for the western Pacific region to establish a process for specifying annual catch limits and accountability measures, including an environmental assessment amendment 1 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Pacific Remote Island Areas : amendment 2 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the American Samoa Archipelago : amendment 2 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Mariana Archipelago : amendment 3 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Hawaii Archipelago : amendment 4 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pacific Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region
  • Published Date:
    2011
Filetype[PDF-2.63 MB]


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  • Corporate Authors:
    Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (U.S.) ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Pacific Islands Region, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration,
  • Description:
    "The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared a fishery ecosystem plan (FEP) amendment for all five western Pacific FEPs. The amendment to the American Samoa, Hawaii, the Mariana Archipelago (Guam and the CNMI), PRIA, and western Pacific pelagic fisheries FEPs provides specific guidance on how future annual catch limits (ACLs) and accountability measures (AMs) will be developed for western Pacific fisheries. It also identifies the management unit species that qualify for statutory exceptions to the ACL/AM requirements and specifies the qualification criteria for "ecosystem component species." ACLs and AMs are not required for species classified as ecosystem components. The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that western Pacific fishery management plans comply with requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to include a mechanism for specifying annual catch limits for all fisheries at a level such that overfishing does not occur and to implement measures to ensure accountability for adhering to these limits. The environmental impact analysis found that the proposed action is administrative and will not result in large or adverse effects on the environment. The approval of the mechanism and process will not result in any environmental change or in a change in fishing activity by any of the fleets, or change in monitoring by the Council, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), or other fishery management entity. In the future, when specific annual catch limits and accountability measures are proposed, the Council and NMFS will analyze the potential environmental impacts. In general, ACLs and AMs are not expected to result in large impacts to the environment because many of the ACLs are likely to be based on recent harvests and, therefore, will not result in significant changes to most fisheries"--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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