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Environmental assessment, regulatory impact review, and final regulatory flexibility analysis for a rule to adjust the Atlantic bluefin tuna general and harpoon category regulations
  • Published Date:
    2011
Filetype[PDF-1.84 MB]


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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Highly Migratory Species Division, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    "In this action, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) would adjust regulations governing the U.S. BFT fishery to : (1) Increase the General category maximum BFT daily retention limit from three to five fish (with limit adjustments to be executed via inseason actions when and if appropriate): (2) Allow the BFT General category season to remain open until the January subquota is reached or March 31 (whichever happens first): and (3) Increase the Harpoon category daily retention limit of BFT measuring 73 to 81 inches from two to four fish. This action is intended to enable more thorough utilization of the available U.S. BFT quota for the General and Harpoon permit categories: minimize bycatch and bycatch mortality to the extent practicable: expand fishing opportunities for participants in the commercial winter General category fishery: and increase NMFS' flexibility for selling the General category retention limit depending on available quota. This action would be consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act, and the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. This action is not expected to significantly alter current fishing practices and bycatch mortality rates, or increase fishing effort, and it is not expected to change previously analyzed endangered species or marine mammal interaction rates or magnitudes."--Cover letter; Portfolio comprised of two 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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