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Reopening a portion of the Georges Bank Closed Area to surfclam and ocean quahog harvesting : supplemental environmental assessment, regulatory impact review
  • Published Date:
    2013
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Reopening a portion of the Georges Bank Closed Area to surfclam and ocean quahog harvesting : supplemental environmental assessment, regulatory impact review
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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Northeast Region, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    "This Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) updates a previously approved Final Environmental Assessment (December 2012) that analyzed reopening a portion of the Georges Bank (GB) Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) Closed Area to the harvest of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs (SC/OQ). This document is not a stand-alone document, but rather a supplement and is intended to be utilized in conjunction with the approved December, 2012 Final EA and the associated interim final rule (December 19, 2012; 77 FR 75057). Unless otherwise noted, the Final EA prepared for this action and attached to this SEA remains applicable. Therefore, sections addressed in this supplement should be considered within the context of the full Final EA. The following SEA has been prepared in response to requests from the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils (NEFMC and MAFMC) and the fishing industry to reopen an additional portion of the GB PSP Closed Area that has been closed to SC/OQ harvesting since 1990 due to red tide blooms which cause PSP. In response to the comments received on the interim final rule for this action, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to reopen an additional portion of the GB PSP Closed Area that was in the Draft EA (August 2012) and published in the proposed rule (August 31, 2012; 77 FR 53164), but was later rejected in the Final EA (December 2012). In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrative Order (NAO) 216-6, the environmental impacts of this action and the anticipated level of significance of these impacts are addressed in this SEA"--Introduction (page 5).

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