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Amendment 1 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Essential Fish Habitat

In 2009, NOAA Fisheries amended the Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan based on a review of Atlantic HMS Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). The document examines alternatives for updating HMS EFH, considers habitat areas of particular concern (HAPC), and analyzes fishing impacts on EFH. You can download the entire document or individual chapters below.

The draft amendment and related materials are also available below.

Final Amendment

Final Amendment 1 to the Consolidated Atlantic HMS FMP (entire document)

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Individual Sections

Maps

The maps contained in the version of Chapter 5 listed above contain the EFH Preferred Alternative 95 percent probability boundaries for specific HMS life stages and reflect what was used for the print version of this document. You can also download individual pdf versions by clicking on individual species and life stages below. Once you open the pdf version you can click the layers tab and turn on or off layers to customize the map to the information that you are interested in viewing.

Final EFH Maps: Tunas, Billfishes, and Swordfish (June 2009)

Final EFH Maps: Sharks (June 2009)

Download the GIS shapefiles.

Draft Amendment

Draft Amendment 1 to the Consolidated Atlantic HMS FMP (entire document)

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Individual Sections

Maps

Draft EFH Maps: Tunas, Billfishes, and Swordfish

Draft EFH Maps: Sharks