PFMC Public Comment Sought on Krill Fishery Ban

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Posted by on March 30, 2007 at 14:25:30:

Krill, an abundant form of zooplankton, create the foundation of the marine food web. They are an extremely important food source for seabirds, marine mammals, and numerous fish (including many that are commercially harvested). At present, no krill fishery exists off of Washington, Oregon, or California and fishermen are prohibited from fishing or landing krill in these west coast states. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) recently drafted Amendment 12 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan to guarantee that krill harvests will never occur in the future. The National Marine Fisheries Service will accept public comments regarding Amendment 12 until 27 April. Comments should include ‘I.D. 012607–NOA’ in the title and be submitted to 0648-AU26.SWR@noaa.gov or mailed to Rodney R. McInnis, Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802 or faxed to 562-980–4047. For more information about the Amendment, see a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20071800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/pdf/E7-3247.pdf, or contact Joshua Lindsay at 562-980-4034.

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