Thursday, June 5, 2008

NMFS proposes revisions to advisory guidelines of MSA

NMFS has proposed revisions to advisory guidelines of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The proposed changes would require all fisheries undergoing overfishing, to have Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs) by 2010.

Annual catch limits are the amount of each type of fish allowed to be caught in a year and are required by the 2007 amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Additionally, the act calls for measures to ensure these limits are followed and that the limits do not exceed the scientific recommendations made by the regional fishery management councils’ scientific committees.

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