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2013-2015 spiny dogfish specifications, environmental assessment and regulatory impact review
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    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,
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    "This spiny dogfish specifications document was prepared by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) under consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The document's purpose is to present a range of alternative management measures for the U.S. Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery along with a characterization of the environmental impacts of each of those alternatives. The alternatives consist of restrictions on landings by the commercial fishery for spiny dogfish in the 2013 through 2015 fishing years (spiny dogfish fishing year is May 1 - Apr 30) and are needed to prevent the fishery from overfishing the spiny dogfish stock in that time period. This document was developed in accordance with a number of applicable laws and statutes that are described in Section 8.0 (see the Table of Contents to locate document sections). A comparison of the action alternatives (e.g., Alternatives 1, 2, and 3 for each specification year) relative to 'no action' (i.e., Alternative 4) is a requirement under the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), however, 'no action' would be a failure to make effort to prevent overfishing, which is inconsistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Therefore, 'no action', in this document, is actually a status quo or baseline alternative that would extend existing 2012 quota and trip limits into the 2013 through 2015 fishing years"--Executive Summary (page vi).

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