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Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Reauthorized
The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006, Public Law 109-479 (MSRA), provides NOAA additional science and management authorities related to deep-sea coral communities. The MSRA directs the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with appropriate Regional Fishery Management Councils, and in coordination with other Federal agencies and educational institutions, to establish a Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program. MSRA also authorizes Councils to designate zones to protect Deep-Sea corals from damage caused by fishing gear under FMP discretionary provisions.
NMFS released the final 2010 NOAA Strategic Plan for Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems: Research, Management, and International Cooperation. Click here to read this plan.
Rules and Notices
First Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Plan
Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act Provisions:
Additional Related Legislation
Several other mandates may provide additional authorities for NOAA to take action to conserve Deep-Sea corals: