PFMC Seeking Comments for Draft Request for Proposals to Modify Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee is conducting a review of essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific Coast Groundfish managed under the Council’s Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. This review is being conducted consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the National Marine Fisheries Service regulatory guidance (50 CFR §600), which states that reviews of EFH should be conducted at least every five years. New scientific research and updated fish and habitat surveys that have occurred since groundfish EFH was updated in 2006 may provide new rationale to consider additional measures.

How to Comment

Electronically

pfmc.comments@noaa.gov

By Mail:

Attention: EFH RFP Comments
Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon, 97220

Comment Deadline; Further Information

The deadline to submit comments is June 29, 2012. Any clarifying questions can be directed to Mr. Kerry Griffin (Kerry.Griffin@noaa.gov); 503-820-2280, ext. 409.