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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act (MSRA) requires the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to integrate NEPA and the fisheries management process for environmental review. NMFS will work with the Regional Councils and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to revise procedures for compliance with NEPA.

News

NMFS held a public workshop to conduct a detailed discussion of the proposed environmental review procedures for fishery management actions. The workshop was held on Tuesday July 29, 2008, in Silver Spring, MD. For further information please contact Steve Leathery at 301-713-2239 or via email at steve.leathery@noaa.gov.

NMFS held three public meetings to solicit comments on the proposed rule that would revise and update the NMFS procedures for complying with the National Environmental Policy Act. The meetings were held on:

  • June 25, 2008 in Washington, D.C.
  • July 15, 2008 in St. Petersburg, FL
  • July 24, 2008 in Seattle, WA

For more information, please contact Steve Leathery at 301-713-2239 or via email at steve.leathery@noaa.gov.

 

Rules and Notices

On May 14, 2008, NMFS published a proposed rule to revise and update NMFS procedures for complying with NEPA in the context of fishery management actions. Public comments will be accepted through August 12, 2008.

Proposed Rule and Request for Comments for revising and updating the NMFS procedures for complying with NEPA

 

Related Documents

NMFS solicited public comment through April 20, 2007, on the environmental review provisions required by the MSRA. For more information, see the request for comments. A summary of the public comments received can be viewed here.

Summary of proposed rule to streamline the NEPA process (Powerpoint)

Draft Council Proposal for NEPA/MSA Compliance (PDF)

 

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