[MARMAM] Comments on Proposed 2012 List of Fisheries due by July 28, 2011

Jonathan Shannon Jonathan.Shannon at noaa.gov
Tue Jul 5 09:58:48 PDT 2011

NOAA Fisheries requests comments by July 28, 2011, on its proposed 
changes to the List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2012.  The Marine Mammal 
Protection Act requires NOAA Fisheries to publish an annual list of 
commercial fisheries and classify each fishery based on whether it has 
frequent (Category I), occasional (Category II), or remote likelihood 
(Category III) of incidental mortality and serious injury (or bycatch) 
of marine mammals.  The classification of a fishery on the LOF 
determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain 
provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and 
take reduction plan regulations.

NOAA Fisheries is proposing changes in the classification of certain 
fisheries, additions and deletions of fisheries on the LOF, changes to 
the list of species or stocks killed or injured in certain fisheries, 
and other administrative changes.   The proposed LOF for 2012 reflects 
new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine 
mammals based on information in the most recent Marine Mammal Stock 
Assessment Reports (SAR), NOAA Fisheries Observer Program incidental 
take statements, stranding network data, fishermen self reports, and 
anecdotal reports from marine mammal researchers and fishermen.

For more information about the List of Fisheries program and to see the 
Proposed  2012 List, visit: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/interactions/lof/

Direct link to comment form: 

Best Regards,

Jonathan Shannon

Jonathan Shannon
NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
Outreach Specialist
* (301) 427-8431 * New phone number 
jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov

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