| Final environmental assessment, regulatory impact review, and final regulatory flexibility analysis for amendment 4 to the 2006 consolidated Atlantic highly migratory species fishery management plan : U.S. Caribbean management measures - :4352 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
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Final environmental assessment, regulatory impact review, and final regulatory flexibility analysis for amendment 4 to the 2006 consolidated Atlantic highly migratory species fishery management plan : U.S. Caribbean management measures
  • Published Date:
    2012
Filetype[PDF-2.30 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:
    "This Environmental Assessment analyzes the potential environmental impacts of several alternatives including the action to implement Amendment 4 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS FMP for HMS fishery management measures in the U.S. Caribbean territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). There are substantial differences between some segments of the U.S. Caribbean HMS fisheries and the HMS fisheries that occur off the mainland of the United States, including, but not limited to: small-scale commercial fishermen in the Caribbean that may not be currently operating within the HMS fishing and dealer permit requirements; smaller vessels; limited availability of processing and cold storage facilities; shorter trips; limited profit margins; and, high local consumption of catches. These differences have resulted in current federal HMS fishery regulations that create an awkward fit with the traditional Caribbean small-scale commercial fisheries. NMFS is implementing management measures via rulemaking that would amend the HMS fishery management regulations in the U.S. Caribbean to better manage the traditional small-scale commercial HMS fishing fleet in the U.S. Caribbean Region, enhance fishing opportunities and improve profits for the fleet, and to provide us with an improved capability to monitor and sustainably manage those fisheries. The proposed action is the development Caribbean-specific management measures for small-scale HMS commercial fishermen that include the creation of a new HMS Commercial Caribbean Small Boat permit, specific authorized 4 species and retention limits, modification of reporting requirements, authorization of specific gears, small-scale fishing vessel size restrictions, and consideration of mandatory workshop training"--Abstract.

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