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Unified Agenda 0648-BA35

Amendment 2 of the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species

Summary

This action implements the preferred alternative under Amendment 2 of the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP). Amendment 2 revises part of the HMS FMP to ensure that it is consistent with new guidelines to meet the objectives of MSA National Standard 1 in order to more effectively prevent overfishing and rebuild overfished stocks, or stocks that may become overfished. The rule changes the list of Management Unit Species codified in the HMS FMP final rule and modifies the process the Council uses to adopt numerical estimates of maximum sustainable yield, optimal yield, and status determination criteria. Adoption of updated numerical estimates would be submitted as recommendations for NMFS to provide the opportunity for Secretarial review.

Timeline

4 actions from March 14th, 2011 to December 2011

  • March 14th, 2011
  • April 29th, 2011
  • May 31st, 2011
    • NPRM Comment Period End
  • December 2011
    • Final Action

Contacts

  • Mark Helvey
    Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries
    Phone 562 980-4040
    Fax 562 980-4047
    Southwest Region, 501 West Ocean Boulevard,
    Long Beach CA 90802

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