Fishery Management Plan and Amendments: FMP: Amendment 23

Considerations For a New Harvest Specification Framework That Incorporates Revised National Standard 1 Guidelines to Prevent Overfishing

Environmental Assessment

Published September 2010

The purpose and need for Amendment 23 was to amend the harvest specifications framework in the Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to meet new requirements in the MSRA regarding annual catch limits (ACLs) and accountability measures (AMs), and to be consistent with the revised National Standard 1 (NS1) guidelines. The revised NS1 guidelines introduced and/or defined new fishery management concepts including overfishing limits (OFLs), an acceptable biological catch (ABC) that incorporates a scientific uncertainty buffer, ACLs, annual catch targets (ACTs), and AMs that are designed to better account for scientific and management uncertainty and to prevent overfishing.

The Amendment 23 harvest specification framework was implemented in 2011.

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