| Final amendment 5a to the 2006 consolidated Atlantic highly migratory species fishery management plan, including a final environmental impact statement, a final regulatory impact review, a final regulatory flexibility analysis, a final social impact analysis - :4768 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
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Final amendment 5a to the 2006 consolidated Atlantic highly migratory species fishery management plan, including a final environmental impact statement, a final regulatory impact review, a final regulatory flexibility analysis, a final social impact analysis
  • Published Date:
    2013
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Final amendment 5a to the 2006 consolidated Atlantic highly migratory species fishery management plan, including a final environmental impact statement, a final regulatory impact review, a final regulatory flexibility analysis, a final social impact analysis
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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Highly Migratory Species Division, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    The National Marine Fisheries Service is amending the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan based on several shark stock assessments that were completed from 2009 to 2012. The assessments for Atlantic blacknose, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead sharks indicated that these species are overfished and experiencing overfishing. The assessment for sandbar sharks indicated that this species is overfished, but not experiencing overfishing. The assessment for Gulf of Mexico blacktip sharks indicated that the stock is not overfished and not experiencing overfishing. NMFS did not accept the assessment for Gulf of Mexico blacknose sharks; therefore, the overfished and overfishing statuses have been determined to be unknown. After considering comments received during scoping and on a Predraft document, the Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Amendment 5 and the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 7, 2012 (77 FR 73029), and November 26, 2012 (77 FR 70552), respectively. The DEIS and proposed rule considered measures to reduce fishing mortality and effort in order to rebuild overfished Atlantic shark species while ensuring that a limited shark fishery can be maintained, consistent with all legal obligations. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) describes a range of alternatives that could impact shark fishermen and dealers, including new commercial quota limits consistent with stock assessment recommendations to prevent overfishing and rebuild overfished stocks and modification of recreational measures to limit the retention of overfished stocks. The DEIS also considered measures for dusky sharks to end overfishing and rebuild the stock based on a recent stock assessment, but after considering public comment, NMFS has decided that these measures require further analyses, which NMFS will conduct in an upcoming separate proposed action.

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