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Input sought for updating Atlantic fishery plans

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is planning a five-year Essential Habitat Review for Highly Migratory Species of fish in the Atlantic Ocean. NMFS is announcing the review in the Federal Register of Monday, March 24.

The review is required under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. NMFS will use the findings to review and amend fishery management plans if needed.

NMFS is requesting people with information about such habitats to contact it by May 23.

It wants to know about matters such as where the fish live, fishing and other activities that can harm the habitats, conservation efforts, any areas of particular concern, what further research and information may be needed, conservation and enhancement, etc.

Current management plans are based on the 2006 consolidated plan, which was amended in 2009 and 2010 by plans for roundscale spearfish ans smoothhound sharks.

Read about the effort at

Send info to Jenni Wallace, HMS Management Division, NMFS, SSMC3/F/SF1, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910. Put ``Atlantic HMS EFH 5-Year Review'' on the envelope, or email

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