Amendment One of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Compact as a Basis for Uniform State Fisheries Regulation


The purpose of this study is to examine how Amendment One and the Compact itself can be used to facilitate regional management of selected fisheries. The study will concentrate first on the authority of the states to regulate fisheries on a regional basis after enactment of the Fisheries Conservation and Management Act and then on the legal requirements for utilizing the Amendment One process for coordinated regional management in light of its legislative history. Further, an analysis will be made of Amendment One's use by Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to regulate the northern shrimp fishery. The study will conclude with a suggested approach to the use of Amendment One which could be uniformly adopted by interested states.


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fisheries management, fish stocks, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Compact, fisheries regulations, Fisheries Conservatin and Management Act