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Supplemental environmental assessment, implementation of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission bigeye tuna catch limits for longline fisheries in 2012
  • Published Date:
    2011
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    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Pacific Islands Region, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    "In December 2008, the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (hereafter Commission or WCPFC) adopted 'Conservation and Management Measure for Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean' (CMM 2008-01). CMM 2008-01 set forth specific provisions to reduce fishing mortality on western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) bigeye tuna (Thunnus obsesus) and control fishing mortality on WCPO yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares). CMM 2008-01 had the stated objective of reducing, over the period 2009-2011, the fishing mortality rate for bigeye tuna in the WCPO by at least 30% from the annual average during the period 2001-2004 or 2004 and ensuring that there was no increase in fishing mortality for yellowfin tuna beyond the annual average during the period 2001-2004 or 2004. In March 2011, the Commission adopted 'Conservation and Management Measure for Temporary Extension of CMM 2008-01' (CMM 2011-01), which extends the majority of the provisions of CMM 2008-01 until February 28, 2013. The Commission is scheduled to discuss a follow-on measure to CMM 2008-01 at its next regular session in December 2012. In 2009, NMFS prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzed the effects on the human environment that could result from the promulgation of two rules to implement CMM 2008-01. In order to respond to public comments on the 2009 EA, NMFS prepared a Supplemental EA in 2009. NMFS has prepared a Supplemental EA (2012 SEA) to provide information and analyses to take into consideration significant new information and changed circumstances relevant to the proposed action and the assessment of its potential environmental impacts. The 2012 SEA analyzes the effects of an interim final rule that would extend the bigeye tuna catch limits specified in CMM 2011-01 for U.S. longline fisheries for 2012"--cover letter.

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