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File #: FMP 17-006    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Fishery Management Plan Status: Action Item
File created: 8/15/2017 In control: North Pacific Council
On agenda: 10/2/2017 Final action:
Title: Salmon FMP Amendment - Expanded discussion paper
Attachments: 1. C8 Salmon FMP Revisions (Expanded Discussion Paper), 2. C8 Public Comment, 3. Listen to Live Broadcast of Outreach Meeting (Hyperlink), 4. Committee handout for Outreach meeting (Hyperlink), 5. HANDOUT: C8 Table for Salmon FMP Outreach mtg, 6. MEETING SUMMARY: Salmon Outreach, 7. MOTION: C8, 8. C8 Public Testimony Sheet, 9. Mat-Su Borough Public Testimony Handout
Dan Hull, Chairman
David Witherell, Executive Director
SUBJECT: title
Salmon FMP Amendment - Expanded discussion paper

STAFF CONTACT: Jim Armstrong

ACTION REQUIRED: recommended action
Review Expanded Discussion Paper on "Revisions to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ off Alaska".

In 2012, the Council revised the Salmon FMP through Amendment 12, to reflect its policy for managing salmon fisheries and also to comply with the re-authorized Magnuson-Stevens Act. Among other things, Amendment 12 specifically excluded three traditional net commercial salmon fishing areas and the sport fishery from the FMP. This was done in recognition of the State of Alaska as the appropriate authority for managing salmon fisheries given the State's existing infrastructure and expertise. State management of salmon fisheries is based on inseason adjustment of effort by emergency order and time-area closures to achieve escapement goals or abundance levels on the spawning grounds.
Following implementation of Amendment 12, Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishermen and seafood processors filed a lawsuit in Federal district court challenging Amendment 12. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Amendment 12 was contrary to law to the extent that it removed Cook Inlet Area from the FMP. Because the Ninth Circuit's decision is now final, the FMP must be amended to bring it into compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law. The Council and NMFS must amend the FMP to include the three traditional net fishing areas in the fishery management unit and manage the commercial salmon fisheries that occur in the EEZ waters of these three areas.
In April 2017, the Council developed preliminary alternatives for amending the FMP. These include: (1) an alternative to delegate specific management measures to the State to use existing State salmon management to the extent possible and (2) an alternative that would federall...

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