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NMFS Signals Greater Transparency in Bycatch Reporting

The National Marine Fisheries Service has approved implementation of new reporting requirements in the Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) for Alaskan crab, salmon, and scallop fisheries “to more transparently reflect and align the FMPs with the way bycatch is currently reported in the fisheries managed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.” The amendments are intended to help achieve the Magnuson-Stevens Act’s requirements for bycatch minimization. The agency received no comments during the 60-day comment period and approved the amendments effective September 13, 2021.