| Emergency action to set red snapper accountability measures for the recreational sector of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery, including environmental assessment, and regulatory impact review : emergency action to the fishery management plan for the reef fish resources of the Gulf of Mexico - :4904 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
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Emergency action to set red snapper accountability measures for the recreational sector of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery, including environmental assessment, and regulatory impact review : emergency action to the fishery management plan for the reef fish resources of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Published Date:
    2014
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    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Southeast Region. ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    "The EA analyzes the impacts of a range of regulatory alternatives needed to decrease the likelihood of exceeding the recreational quota for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. This action was prepared and analyzed in response to a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Court) in Guindo11 v. Pritzker, 2014 WL 1274076 (D.D.C. Mar. 26, 2014). The National Marine Fisheries Service and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) are taking emergency action to address recent red snapper quota overages by the recreational sector. At their April 20 14 meeting, the Council requested an emergency rule to implement an in-season accountability measure for the recreational harvest of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico that would apply to the upcoming 2014 season, which opens on June 1, 2014. This action would set an annual catch target by applying a buffer to the recreational quota. The Council chose a buffer of 20 percent, which would set an annual catch target at 4.312 million pounds (mp) whole weight (ww), as reduced from the recreational quota of 5.390 mp ww. The annual catch target would be used to set the length of the 2014 recreational season, thereby decreasing the likelihood of exceeding the quota. The 20 percent buffer is consistent with the established annual catch limit/annual catch target control rule and the previous recommendation from the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee"--Cover letter.

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