Groundfish FMP Amendment 19: Essential fish habitat

Amendment 19 designated essential fish habitat for Council-managed species.

The Council approved FMP Amendment 19 and submitted it to NMFS for review on November 23, 2005. NMFS partially approved the amendment on March 8, 2006. Two provisions were disapproved: the designation of specified oil rigs in Southern California as habitat areas of particular concern and the prohibition of bottom trawling in areas not designated essential fish habitat (i.e., waters deeper than 3,500 m).

For more recent information on essential fish habitat, see Amendment 28.