EA/RIR/RFA for Amendments 65/65/12/7/8 to the BSAI Groundfish FMP (#65), GOA Groundfish FMP (#65), BSAI Crab FMP (#12), Scallop FMP (#7), and Salmon FMP (#8) and Regulatory Amendments to Provide Habitat Areas of Particular Concern

April 01, 2006

Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Impact Review, and Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for Amendments 65/65/12/7/8 to Provide Habitat Areas of Particular Concern

This Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Impact Review, and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis evaluates alternatives to designate and conserve Habitat Areas of Particular Concern. Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC) are site-specific areas of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) of managed species. Identification of HAPCs provides focus for additional conservation efforts for those habitat sites that are ecologically important, sensitive to disturbance, exposed to development activities, or rare. This Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates alternatives for designating HAPC sites in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) and the Aleutian Islands (AI) and implementing associated fisheries management measures to provide additional conservation of specified HAPC areas.

Three separate actions are considered in this EA: (1) HAPC designation and conservation of seamounts, (2) HAPC designation and conservation of hard coral areas in the GOA, and (3) HAPC designation and conservation of hard coral areas in the Aleutian Islands.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 03/18/2019

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