Environmental Assessment - Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendments

June 01, 2018

Final Environmental Assessment for Amendment 115 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area, Amendment 105 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Amendment 49 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs, Amendment 13 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska, Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area - Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendments

A review of Essential Fish Habitat components in the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s fishery management plans should be completed every 5 years, and the EFH provisions should be revised or amended, as warranted, based on the best available information. The 2015 EFH 5-year review that concluded in June 2017 evaluated new information on EFH, assessed information gaps and research needs, and identified whether any revisions to EFH are needed.

Based on the 5-year review, the Council determined that new habitat and life history information is available to revise many of the EFH descriptions and maps in the FMPs. Amendment 115 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, Amendment 105 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Amendment 49 to the FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs, Amendment 13 to the FMP for Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ off Alaska, and Amendment 2 to the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area revise EFH provisions of these FMPs .

These amendments to the EFH provisions in the Council’s FMPs would not substantively change the impacts of EFH as analyzed in the 2005 EFH environmental impact statement. The 2015 EFH 5-year review concluded that no change to the conclusions of the evaluation of fishing effects on EFH is warranted based on new information. None of the FMP amendments require regulatory action.
 

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 10/11/2018

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