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Rulemaking to Implement Amendment 19 to Describe and Protect Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat


Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule


Amendment 19 provides for a comprehensive program to describe and protect essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific Coast Groundfish. The management measures to implement Amendment 19, which are authorized by the FMP and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management or Magnuson-Stevens Act), are intended to minimize, to the extent practicable, adverse effects to EFH from fishing. The measures include fishing gear restrictions and prohibitions, areas that are closed to bottom trawling, and areas that are closed to all fishing that contacts the bottom.

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 04/12/2021