What is A SAFE Report?
A Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report is a document
or set of documents that provides Councils with a summary of information
concerning the most recent biological condition of stocks and the marine
ecosystems in the Fishery Management Unit (FMU) and the social and economic
condition of the recreational and commercial fishing interests, fishing
communities, and the fish processing industries. It summarizes, on a periodic
basis, the best available scientific information concerning the past,
present and possible future conditioni of the stocks, marine ecosystems,
and fisheries being managed under Federal regulation. The SAFE report
provides information to the Councils for determining annual harvest levels
from each stock, documenting significant trends or changes in the resource,
marine ecosystems, and fishery over time, and assessing the relative success
of existing state and federal fishery management programs. Information
on bycatch and safety for each fishery should also be summarized. In addition,
the SAFE report may be used to update or expand previous environmental
and regulatory impact documents, and ecosystem and habitat descriptions
(50 CFR 600.315e(1)).
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