| Environmental assessment to revise the United States commercial fishery regulations in the eastern Pacific Ocean in accordance with Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission resolution C-12-09 - :4695 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
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Environmental assessment to revise the United States commercial fishery regulations in the eastern Pacific Ocean in accordance with Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission resolution C-12-09
  • Published Date:
    2013
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    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Southwest Region. ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing regulations under authority of the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950, as amended, to implement a resolution adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in June 2012, specifically the Resolution on Conservation and Management Measures for Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (C-12-09). The proposed regulation would only apply to vessels that commercially catch Pacific bluefin tuna (PBT) in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO). Resolution C-12-09 included both a cumulative catch limit of 10,000 metric tons (mt) for member countries fishing in the EPO for 2012 and 2013 combined and an annual catch limit of 500 mt for individual member countries should the cumulative limit be reached. In accordance with the 10,000 mt cumulative catch limit adopted in Resolution C-12-09 for both 2012 and 2013 combined, the catch limit for 2013 is 3,295 metric tons because the cumulative catch of all IATTC member countries in the Convention Area reached 6,705 metric tons in 2012. Currently, the U.S. commercial fishery has no catch limit on the PBT in the EPO. The eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) includes the waters bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 40° N. and 40° S. parallels, and the 150° W. meridian. These revisions would ensure that the United States is satisfying its obligations as a member of the IATTC. This environmental assessment (EA) assesses the potential environmental impacts on the human environment that could result from implementation of the proposed rule which would implement a commercial catch limit on PBT in the EPO. Alternatives and potential impacts are analyzed in this EA. Impacts to the human environment (e.g., effects of the proposed action on the natural environment and the socioeconomic environment) were found to be insignificant.

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