Fishery Management Plan and Amendments: FMP: Amendment 13

Incorporation of Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions for Bycatch

December 2000

The Pacific Fishery Management Council amended its Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) with Amendment 11 to bring the FMP into compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Amendment 11 included provisions to amend the FMP framework that defines “optimum yield” for setting annual groundfish harvest limits; define rates of “overfishing” and levels at which managed stocks are considered “overfished”; define Pacific Coast groundfish essential fish habitat; set a bycatch management objective and a framework for bycatch reduction measures; establish a management objective to take the importance of fisheries to fishing communities into account when setting groundfish management measures; provide authority within the FMP for the Council to require groundfish use permits for all groundfish users; authorize the use of fish for compensation for private vessels conducting NMFS-approved research, and other, lesser updates to the FMP.

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