Essential Fish Habitat

In 1997, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) held public meetings to receive comments on its proposed framework for guidelines to describe, identify, conserve and enhance Essential Fish Habitat (EFH).  The framework was developed into guidelines to assist Fishery Management Councils in implementing the EFH requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The guidelines would assist Fishery Management Councils with the following:

defining, describing and identifying EFH; identifying adverse impacts to EFH and considering actions to conserve and enhance EFH; and coordinating and consulting on Federal and state activities that may adversely affect EFH.