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Marine Fisheries - Fisheries Glossary L-N

Marine Fisheries

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NMFS - See National Marine Fisheries Service

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - A federal agency - with scientists, research vessels, and a data collection system - responsible for managing the nation’s saltwater fish. It oversees the actions of the Councils under the Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

National Standards - The Fishery Conservation and Management Act requires that a fishery management plan and its regulations meet seven standards. The seven standards were developed to identify the nation’s interest in fish management.

Natural Mortality (M) - A measurement of the rate of removal of fish from a population from natural causes. Natural morality can be reported as either annual or instantaneous. Annual mortality is the percentage of this fish dying in one year. Instantaneous is the percentage of fish dying at any one time. The rates of natural mortality may vary from species to species.

Nursery - The part of a fish’s or animal’s habitat where the young grow up.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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