These items are in the beginning phase of Amendment development process. At this stage, the Council is gathering ideas about how to solve a fishery problem or address a need. Your public comment should help us identify issues, potential impacts, and reasonable solutions so we can develop practical management actions and alternatives.
Issues ready for public hearing have developed options and alternatives that are anticipated to solve a fishery issue. Additionally, the anticipated effects on the biological, social, economic, administrative environments have been conducted for the potential management changes. Your public comment should help the Council identify the potential impacts of the proposed alternatives to guide the its final decision-making process.
Final action occurs after the Council considers public input and decides that a fishery management strategy is appropriate. The Council then votes to approve and submit the fishery management plan to the Secretary of Commerce for the Rule Making Phase.
The Secretary of Commerce will review the proposed management measure(s) and open a proposed and final rule public comment period, respectively. Then, approved measures are published and implemented by NOAA Fisheries.