Amendment 11 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries Off Alaska
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendments 10, 11, and 12 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Salmon Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the Coast of Alaska to NOAA Fisheries for review. If approved, Amendment 10 would provide authority for NOAA Fisheries to recover the administrative costs of processing applications for any future permits that may be required under this FMP, except for exempted fishing permits and prohibited species donation permits.
If approved, Amendment 11 would:
- revise the timeline associated with the Council's process to identify Habitat Areas of Particular Concern so that the process coincides with the Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) 5-year review
- revise habitat research priority objectives
- update EFH conservation recommendations for, and the analysis of the impacts of, non-fishing activities
If approved, Amendment 12 would comprehensively revise and update the FMP to reflect the Council's salmon management policy and Federal law. Amendments 10, 11, and 12 are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.