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Accession Number PB2013-108754
Title Alaska Essential Fish Habitat Research Plan.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 29p
Personal Author B. J. Laurel C. H. Faunce C. H. Ryer J. Heifetz M. F. Cameron M. F. Sigler M. P. Eagleton M. R. Lindeberg R. A. McConnaughey T. E. Helser T. K. Wilderbuer
Abstract The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA) mandates NOAA to identify habitats essential for managed species and conserve habitats from adverse effects on those habitats (NMFS 2010). These habitats are termed Essential Fish Habitat or EFH, and are defined as those waters and substrate necessary to fish for spawning, breeding, feeding, or growth to maturity (NMFS 2010). Further, the MSFCMA requires federal agencies to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service when their actions may adversely affect EFH. These consultations occur for both fishing and non-fishing activities. National Standard 2 of the MSFCMA requires NOAA Fisheries to conserve and manage fishery resources based upon the best available scientific information. To meet these mandates, NOAA's research must identify habitats that contribute most to the survival, growth, and productivity of managed fish species and determine science-based measures to best manage and conserve these habitats from adverse effects of human activities. The NOAA Essential Fish Habitat Research Implementation Plan for Alaska (AFSC 2006) guided research to meet EFH mandates in Alaska during the last several years. This document revises and supersedes the initial Implementation Plan (AFSC 2006) and similar to the first plan is expected to guide the next several years of EFH research. The revision process began with a coordination meeting between Alaska Region habitat managers and AFSC habitat scientists in September 2010, which included a goal to determine the scope of the revised EFH research plan. The previous plan had focused on allocation of EFH funds, which while a major component, does not cover all EFH research conducted by the AFSC. The group recommended that the revised plan set priorities for all EFH research, which this plan does.
Keywords Alaska
Essential fish habitat(EFH)
Marine fisheries
Research program
Resource management
Species diversity

Source Agency National Marine Fisheries Service
NTIS Subject Category 98F - Fisheries & Aquaculture
48B - Natural Resource Management
Corporate Author National Marine Fisheries Service, Juneau, AK. Alaska Fisheries Science Center.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number N/A

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