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Environmental assessment on the effects of issuing incidental take permit (no. 18102) to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries for the incidental take of Atlantic Sturgeon distinct population segments in the North Carolina inshore gillnet fishery
  • Published Date:
    2014
Filetype[PDF - 2.07 MB]


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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Office of Protected Resources. ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
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  • Description:
    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to issue an incidental take permit to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF), under Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the incidental taking of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222.307). The permit would authorize the incidental capture, with some mortality, of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, Chesapeake, Carolina, and South Atlantic Distinct Population Segments, associated with the otherwise lawful commercial and recreational fisheries operating in inshore waters and deploying anchored gillnets (i.e., passive gillnet sets deployed with an anchor or stake at one or both ends of the nets). The permit would be valid for ten years. NCDMF will continue to regulate the inshore gillnet fishery through the fisheries rules adopted by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission and proclamations issued by the NCDMF director. Regulations include mandatory attendance, yardage limits, soak-time restrictions, net shot limits, net height tie down requirements, closed areas, mesh size restrictions, minimum distance between fishing operations, marking requirements, permit mandates, and observer requirements. On June 28, 2013, NCDMF submitted a complete application for a ESA Section 10(a)(1)(B) permit, including a conservation plan with an adaptive management program for the operation of their inshore anchored gillnet fishery to further monitor, minimize, and mitigate the impacts of incidental take of Atlantic sturgeon in the fishery to the maximum extent practicable. We requested NCDMF to add additional language about potential impacts to Atlantic sturgeon and this was submitted in a revised application submitted on January 2, 2014. This was not a significant change to warrant publication of the most recent application for additional public comment. A draft of this Environmental Assessment was published in the Federal Register on August 21, 2013 (78 FR 51709) and no public comments were received.

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