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Environmental Assessment for Amendment 6 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries off the Coast of Alaska to Revise Definitions of Overfishing

December 02, 2001

This Environmental Assessment addresses alternatives for meeting the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act provisions for national standard 1 (§301 (a)(1)) and Section 303(a)(10).

National standard 1 states that conservation and management measures shall prevent overfishing while achieving, on a continuing basis, the optimum yield from each fishery for the United Language from the Magnuson-Stevens Act 1996. The Act did not change the standard, but did change the definition of optimum National Standard.

Several  alternatives  were  considered  including  establishment  of  minimum  spawning  escapement  goals,  optimum spawning escapement goals, a maximum exploitation rate, and analyzing existing management policies.  Of these alternatives, only analyzing existing management policies was deemed to be a reasonable alternative for mixed stock salmon fisheries.  Hence, the alternative examined were as follows:

Alternative 1:  Status Quo.  Do not revise the FMP with new definitions for overfishing. Alternative 2 : (preferred) Update FMP with new Magnuson-Stevens Act language and State of Alaska (State) management  policies  regarding overfishing.    

For  Alternative  2,  the  overfishing  definitions  were  created  following overfishing policies of the State and the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) and following the framework provided by the national standard guidelines.  The overfishing definition specifies objective and measurable criteria for identifying when the fishery is overfished or when overfishing is occurring.  This analysis is provided in section 1.3.2.   

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 12/03/2018

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