Today, NOAA Fisheries announced publication of the final rule for the Council's action to designate a large offshore protected area for deep sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic.
NOAA Fisheries has announced a proposed rule to designate a deep-sea coral protection area in the Mid-Atlantic. Comments are due November 1, 2016.
NOAA Fisheries Publishes Notice of Availability for Proposed Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan Amendment to Protect Deep-Sea Corals
NOAA Fisheries has published a notice of availability for Amendment 16 to the Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan which would establish a deep-sea coral protection area in Mid-Atlantic waters.
The Council has voted to name a new deep sea coral protection area in honor of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.
The following summary highlights actions and issues considered at the Council's June 8-11 meeting in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
This week the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved an amendment to protect deep sea corals from the impacts of bottom-tending fishing gear in the Mid-Atlantic.
The Council has voted to postpone final action on the Deep Sea Corals Amendment in order to allow for further analysis of the alternatives and to provide additional opportunities for stakeholder input.
An interactive mapper tool is now available for stakeholders and managers to explore the areas that have been proposed for protection as part of the Mid-Atlantic Council’s Deep Sea Corals Amendment.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold six public hearings in January to gather public comments on the Deep Sea Corals Amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Hearings will be held January 12 – 20, 2015, and written comments will be accepted until January 28, 2015.
The following summary highlights Council actions and issues considered at the Council's meeting on August 11-14, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
The following summary highlights Council actions and issues considered at the Council's meeting on April 8 - 10, 2014 in Montauk, New York.
At last month's meeting the Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee reviewed progress to date on Amendment 16 to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMP that considers protection for deep sea corals.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has scheduled two scoping hearings for the public to provide comments on Amendment 16 to the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fishery management plan.