EA for Amendment 55 to the FMP's for Groundfish of the BSAI and GOA, Amendment 8 to the FMP for King and Tanner Crab Fisheries in the BSAI, Amendment 5 to the FMP for Scallop Fisheries off Alaska, Amendment 5 to the FMP for Salmon Fisheries off Alaska
This Environmental Assessment addresses alternatives to protect and conserve Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) of finfish, mollusks, crustaceans and salmon off Alaska.
Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) is defined as all habitat within a general distribution for a species life stage, for all information levels and under all stock conditions. A general distribution area a subset of a species range. For any species listed under the Endangered Species Act, EFH includes all areas identified as "critical habitat." Amending the fishery management plans with this EFH information will facilitate longstanding efforts on the part of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries to integrate habitat considerations into the fishery management process. It will allow NOAA Fisheries to be more proactive in coordinating with other Federal and state agencies when their activities may adversely affect EFH.