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Amendment No. 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico.

United States of America
Territorial subdivision
Document type
Fisheries, Sea, Wild species & ecosystems
Policy/planning Marine fisheries Fishery management and conservation Fishing authorization Marine fishes Migratory species Cartilaginous fishes Landing Total allowable catch Bycatch Fishing gear/fishing method Size Data collection/reporting Monitoring Non-commercial fishing Authorization/permit Coastal zone management Management/conservation Protection of habitats Ecosystem preservation
Geographical area
Americas, Arctic, East Pacific, North America, North Atlantic

This first amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico is a major revision of the original FMP in order to solve various problems in reef fishery management that have emerged since the original Plan's approval. The main problems are overfishing and decline of various stocks, excessive bycatch, degradation of fish habitats, and administrative and management problems. The overall goal of the FMP is to manage the reef fish fishery of the united states within the waters of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council jurisdiction to attain the greatest overall benefit to the nation with particular reference to food production and recreational opportunities on the basis of the maximum sustainable yield as modified by relevant ecological, economic, or social factors. Objectives are: 1) To rebuild the declining reef fish stocks wherever they occur within the fishery; 2) to establish a fishery reporting system for monitoring the reef fish fishery; 3) to conserve and increase reef fish habitats in appropriate areas and to provide protection for juveniles while protecting existing and new habitats; 4) to minimize conflicts between user groups of the resource and conflicts for space. Management objectives include, among other things: to stabilize long term population levels of all reef fish species by establishing a certain survival rate of biomass into the stock of spawning age to achieve at least 20 percent spawning stock biomass per recruit; re-specify the reporting requirements necessary to establish a database for monitoring the reef fish fishery and evaluating management actions; revise the definition of optimum yield to allow specification at the species level.

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Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico.

Legislation | United States of America | 1981

Keyword: Policy/planning, Marine fisheries, Fishery management and conservation, Fishing authorization, Marine fishes, Migratory species, Cartilaginous fishes, Landing, Bycatch, Fishing gear/fishing method, Data collection/reporting, Monitoring, Non-commercial fishing, Authorization/permit, Management/conservation, Protection of habitats, Ecosystem preservation, Coral, Aquatic animals