Environmental Assessment and Federalism Assessment for Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries Off Alaska
Amendments to define overfishing
This fourth amendment of the salmon plan provides a definition of overfishing as required by NOAA regulations at 50 CPR 602. The draft fourth amendment examined three alternative definitions for the plan in addition to the status quo, which was unacceptable. One definition was proposed by the Council’s Salmon Plan Team; the other was proposed by the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee. Both alternatives provided a definition of overfishing that would allow far greater overharvesting of the salmon stocks than is presently allowed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty or the policies of the Alaska Board of Fisheries. At its September 1990 meeting, the Council decided its preferred course of action would be to request an exemption of the requirement for an overfishing definition for the salmon plan. On 14 November 1990, NOAA denied the exemption. During a conference call on 15 November 1990, the Council adopted the definition of overfishing presented here; it is the alternative proposed by the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee in the draft fourth amendment. An Environmental Assessment shows that neither of the proposed alternative definitions considered by the Council would have had a significant impact on the human environment. A Federalism Assessment shows that implementing the fourth amendment of the salmon plan will have no federalism implications.