Fishery Management Plan and Amendments: FMP: Amendment 24

Published February 2015

Amendment 24 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) established default harvest control rules that, unless modified by the Council, are used to establish biennial harvest specifications for stocks and stock complexes. Amendment 24 also added new stocks to the FMP and designed some FMP species as ecosystem component (EC) species.  Amendment 24 also implements minor changes to the FMP including clarification of routine management measures and adjustments to those measures, clarification to the harvest specifications decision making schedule, changes to the description of biennial management cycle process, updates to make the FMP consistent with the best available science on the FMSY proxy for elasmobranchs, and clarifications to definitions.  Appendix F to the FMP was updated to reflect the rebuilding parameters and annual catch limits for overfished species for 2015 and beyond. Amendment 24 was implemented in 2015.

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