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2014 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational specifications supplemental environmental assessment, regulatory impact review, and initial regulatory flexibility analysis
  • Published Date:
    2014
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (U.S.) ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration,
  • Description:
    "This supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) updates the previously approved environmental assessment (the "2014 and 2015 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications Environmental Assessment" (EA); attached) that analyzed the catch limits, commercial quotas, recreational harvest limits, and management measures (called specifications) for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass for the 2014 and 2015 fishing years. This document is not a stand-alone document, but rather a supplement and is intended to be utilized in conjunction with the approved EA (proposed rule March 31, 2014; 79 FR 17995). Unless otherwise noted, the initial 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 EA. At the time the 2014 and 2015 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications EA was prepared and the overall catch limits set, the specific recreational measures designed to achieve the recreational harvest limits could not be analyzed. Recreational data availability is lagged and analyses of recreational measures require the most up-to-date information to determine the specific recreational measures. This SEA is necessary to analyze specific recreational measures (i.e., possession limits, minimum fish size, and/or seasonal limits) that will achieve the 2014 recreational harvest limits for the three species. Recreational measures for 2015 will be analyzed in a later action. The following assessment summarizes the social, economic, and biological impacts associated with the additional alternatives addressed in this SEA. The habitat, ESA (Endangered Species Act) listed and MMPA (Marine Mammal Protection Act) protected impacts were previously address in the EA and remain unchanged"--Executive summary.

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