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Management of Seagrasses in Federal Waters of the 
U.S. Caribbean: Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP

The Caribbean Council and NOAA Fisheries developed Amendment 4 to address the future management of seagrasses in federal waters of the U.S. Caribbean in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This amendment would remove seagrass species from the fishery management plan. The Council determined that federal management of these species is unnecessary because there is no known harvest of seagrass species and these species occur predominately in state waters of Puerto Rico and the USVI. In addition, seagrasses are designated as essential fish habitat and habitat areas of particular concern in all of the Council fishery management plans, and would continue to be protected by these designations.

To reach the Caribbean Operations Branch staff, please call 727-824-5305.

Point of Contact 

Maria del Mar Lopez

Maria.Lopez@noaa.gov  

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