| Amendment 5 to the fishery management plan for the dolphin and wahoo fishery for the Atlantic : revisions to dolphin and wahoo acceptable biological catches, annual catch limits, recreational annual catch targets, and accountability measures; modification to the framework procedure; and commercial trip limits for dolphin - :4911 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
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Amendment 5 to the fishery management plan for the dolphin and wahoo fishery for the Atlantic : revisions to dolphin and wahoo acceptable biological catches, annual catch limits, recreational annual catch targets, and accountability measures; modification to the framework procedure; and commercial trip limits for dolphin
  • Published Date:
    2014
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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,
  • Description:
    "Recreational catch estimates for dolphin and wahoo in the Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Amendment and its integrated Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) (SAFMC 2011a), which included Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic (Dolphin Wahoo FMP) were computed using data generated by the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS). Following an independent review by the National Research Council and a mandate from Congress, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) replaced MRFSS with the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) to provide more accurate recreational catch estimates. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (South Atlantic Council) stated in the Comprehensive ACL Amendment that they would take action as needed, via plan amendment or framework amendment, to revise the appropriate values, in 2012 and beyond. MRIP methods have been used to recalculate previous MRFSS estimates dating back to 2004, and will be the basis for all new estimates moving forward. Therefore, Amendment 5 to the Dolphin Wahoo FMP (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5) considers these revisions. The revisions are necessary because if the acceptable biological catch (ABC), ACL, and recreational annual catch target (ACT) values are not updated with the new MRIP estimates, ACLs would be based on MRFSS data while the landings being used to track the ACLs would be estimated using MRIP data. This would result in inconsistencies in the how ACLs are calculated versus how they are monitored. In addition to MRIP data, ACLs would be updated to include revisions to commercial and for-hire landings data. The changes in data impacts the allocations to the commercial and recreational sectors for dolphin and wahoo; however, because the underlying formula used to establish the allocations remains unchanged from what was implemented previously in the Comprehensive ACL Amendment, the magnitude of change is very small. Using MRIP values to estimate recreational landings, as well as updates to headboat and commercial landings represent the best available data and are therefore, in accordance with National Standard 2 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act)"--Summary.

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