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Jonah Crab Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
May 25, 2018

We have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, outlining management measures that complement the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Jonah Crab. This DEIS assesses the environmental impacts associated with NOAA Fisheries implementing complementary measures to the Commission’s Jonah Crab Plan. The DEIS provides a range of alternatives to address the following issues:

  • Commercial fishery measures.
  • Recreational fishery measures.
  • Reporting requirements.

The goal of the Commission’s Jonah Crab Plan is to promote conservation, reduce the possibility of recruitment failure, and allow full utilization of the resource by the industry. 

We intend to publish a proposed rule in the coming months, beginning the process to formally adopt these measures into federal regulations.