Lobster Draft Environmental Impact Statement Public Hearings
NOAA Fisheries Service to host public hearings to solicit public comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which analyzes proposed alternatives for management of the American Lobster fishery in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The proposed alternatives are based on recommendations by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in addenda to Amendment 3 of the interstate fishery management for American lobster. The commission recommendations propose establishment of limited access programs (LAPs) to limit future access in two lobster management areas and implementation of individual transferable trap programs in 3 areas. NOAA Fisheries Service would issue implementing regulations according to its authority under the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act (ACFCMA).