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2012 Atlantic butterfish specifications adjustment: environmental assessment, regulatory impact review, initial regulatory flexibility analysis
  • Published Date:
    2012
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (U.S.) ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration,
  • Description:
    "The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) originally made recommendations for 2012 butterfish specifications at its June 2011 meeting and resulted in the specifications that are currently implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). They are based on the MAFMC's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) recommendation for an acceptable biological catch (ABC) of 3,622 metric tons (mt) originally provided in May of 2011 and reaffirmed in May of 2012. In 2012 the SSC also recommended an increase for the 2013 butterfish ABC to 8,400 mt. Afterward, the MAFMC requested its SSC to revisit the 2012 butterfish ABC in light of the higher 2013 recommendation, which was made with data that likely reflects as much on 2012 as 2013. The primary motivation is to correctly specify a sustainable butterfish catch that effectively conserves butterfish but does not unnecessarily constrain the longfin squid fishery, which is shut down once it catches a specified amount of butterfish (the 'butterfish cap') in order to control overall butterfish mortality. In September of 2012 the SSC did revise its butterfish ABC to 4,200 mt. The MAFMC subsequently adopted this recommendation and an increased butterfish cap, and additionally requested that NMFS transfer 200 mt of projected unused butterfish landings into the butterfish cap in order to minimize the probability of an unnecessary longfin squid closure. This document examines the impacts expected from implementation of potential changes to the butterfish specifications"--Executive Summary (page 2).

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