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Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Section 305 Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Consultation

Responsible Agency: 
Estimated Processing Time: 
Abbreviated consultation 30 to 60 days. Expanded consultation 60-90 days.
Under the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA) all Federal agencies must consult on any action they authorize, fund, or undertake, or propose to authorize, fund, or undertake if they determine their actions may adversely affect essential fish habitat (EFH). Permits are not issued under this authority. NOAA provides non-binding conservation recommendations to Federal action agencies to minimize the project‘s potential adverse affect on EFH.
Projects in any sector with potential impact to essential fish habitat
Statute or Regulations: 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 USC 1801-1891(d)) Section 305(b)