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Amendment 9 to the fishery management plan for the shrimp fishery of the South Atlantic Region : environmental assessment, Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis, regulatory impact review, fishery impact statement
  • Published Date:
    2012
Filetype[PDF - 3.18 MB]


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  • Corporate Authors:
    South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (U.S.) ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Southeast Region. ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration,
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  • Description:
    "The Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Shrimp FMP) includes a process through which a state can request a concurrent closure of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to penaeid shrimp harvest when state waters close after a cold weather event. This is a multi-step process, which includes satisfying criteria for a decrease in shrimp abundance, review, and recommendation by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (South Atlantic Council), followed by a closure notice published by the National Marine Fisheries Service Regional Administrator. The South Atlantic Council is concerned this administratively burdensome process may unintentionally hinder protections for the overwintering stock affected by cold weather. Therefore, the South Atlantic Council is proposing an alternate closure request process to improve the timeliness and effectiveness of a concurrent closure of federal waters with state waters for harvest of shrimp. Additionally, the South Atlantic Council is proposing modifications to the BMSY proxy for pink shrimp, which is a component of the definition for overfished and overfishing status determination criteria. Currently, pink shrimp biomass information is captured through the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) survey program, which does not cover the complete geographic range of pink shrimp in the South Atlantic. Unlike brown and white shrimp, larvae produced by overwintering pink shrimp in North Carolina may be carried north beyond the SEAMAP sampling range by prevailing currents, and SEAMAP does not sample south of Cape Canaveral, Florida where pink shrimp are also known to exist. BMSY for pink shrimp was last addressed in Amendment 6 to the Shrimp FMP in 2004 (SAFMC 2004). Amendment 6 established a BMSY proxy for pink shrimp based on two thresholds: (a) if the stock diminishes to 1/2 maximum sustainable yield (MSY) abundance (1/2 BMSY) in one year, or (b) if the stock is diminished below MSY abundance (BMSY) for two consecutive years. A proxy for BMSY was established for pink shrimp using catch per unit effort information from SEAMAP data as the lowest values in the 1990-2003 time period that produced catches meeting MSY the following year. In this amendment, the South Atlantic Council considered other methods of determining BMSY for pink shrimp and revising the overfished proxy value as appropriate"--Abstract (page ii)