Commercial trip limits for Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the Southern Zone



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Framework Amendment 2

to the Fishery Management Plan

for Coastal Migratory

Pelagic Resources

in the Gulf of Mexico and

South Atlantic Region


Commercial trip limits for Atlantic Spanish mackerel

in the Southern Zone




November 4, 2014

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Environmental Assessment Regulatory Impact Review Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

A publication of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Award Number FNA10NMF4410012, and of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Pursuant to NOAA Award No. NA10NMF441001

Abbreviations and Acronyms Used in the FMP



ABC acceptable biological catch
ACL annual catch limits
AM accountability measures
ACT annual catch target
B a measure of stock biomass in either weight or other appropriate unit
BMSY the stock biomass expected to exist under equilibrium conditions when fishing at FMSY
BOY the stock biomass expected to exist under equilibrium conditions when fishing at FOY
BCURR The current stock biomass
CLM Commercial Landings Monitoring System
CMP coastal migratory pelagics
CPUE catch per unit effort

EA environmental assessment
EEZ exclusive economic zone
EFH essential fish habitat
ESA Endangered Species Act
F a measure of the instantaneous rate of fishing mortality
F30%SPR fishing mortality that will produce a static SPR = 30%
FCURR the current instantaneous rate of fishing mortality
FMSY the rate of fishing mortality expected to achieve MSY under equilibrium conditions and a corresponding biomass of BMSY
FOY the rate of fishing mortality expected to achieve OY under equilibrium conditions and a corresponding biomass of BOY
FEIS final environmental impact statement

FMP fishery management plan
FMU fishery management unit
HAPC Habitat Area of Particular Concern
M natural mortality rate
MARMAP Marine Resources Monitoring Assessment and Prediction Program
MFMT maximum fishing mortality threshold
MMPA Marine Mammal Protection Act
MRFSS Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey
MRIP Marine Recreational Information Program
MSFCMA Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
MSST minimum stock size threshold
MSY maximum sustainable yield
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NS National Standard
OFL overfishing limit
OY optimum yield
PSE percent standard error
RIR regulatory impact review
SEDAR Southeast Data Assessment and Review
SEFSC Southeast Fisheries Science Center
SERO Southeast Regional Office
SPR spawning potential ratio
SRD Science and Research Director
SSC Scientific and Statistical Committee



Framework Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Region with Environmental Assessment and

Regulatory Impact Review
Proposed action: Modify the quota and trip limit system for commercial harvest of Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel in the Southern Zone
Lead agency: Framework Amendment – South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (South Atlantic Council)

Environmental Assessment – National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Regional Office



For Further Information Contact: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

4055 Faber Place, Suite 201

North Charleston, SC 29405

843-571-4366/ 866-SAFMC-10

www.safmc.net

Kari MacLauchlin

Kari.MacLauchlin@safmc.net

NMFS, Southeast Region

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

727-824-5305

http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov

Kate Michie

Kate.Michie@noaa.gov



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