Gulf of Mexico fishing gear and their potential impacts on essential fish habitat
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Gulf of Mexico fishing gear and their potential impacts on essential fish habitat

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    "The 1996 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act mandated that regional fishery management plans be amended to include the description and identification of essential fish habitat (EFH) for all managed species, including adverse impacts on such habitat caused by fishing. The requirement to evaluate fishing-related impacts on EFH developed into a profoundly difficult obstacle given the paucity of available information, specifically on the numerous types of gear utilized within the Gulf of Mexico. While there have been hundreds of studies pUblished on gear impacts worldwide, the majority of these focus on mobile gear such as trawls. Currently, there are approximately 25 allowable gear types aside from trawls utilized within Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Furthermore, as Gulf of Mexico EFH includes inshore and estuarine waters, there are several other gear types regulated by individual states that need to be evaluated. Due to the lack of speCific information of fishery-related impacts, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Generic Amendment for Addressing Essential Fish Habitat Requirements was only partially approved by NOAA Fisheries. In an effort to correct these deficiencies, this evaluation attempts to review all utilized gear within the region and list the potential impacts a gear type may have on habitat, including literature citations of the pertinent studies that are available"--Introduction.
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    by Michael C. Barnette.

    "November 1999."

    Also available online in PDF format.

    Includes bibliographical references (pages 18-22).

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