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FB17-001

Fishery Bulletin Issue Date: January 5, 2017

Contact: Frank Helies, 727-209-5988, Frank.Helies@noaa.gov 

 

Request for Comments: Proposed Actions to Implement Special Management 

Zones in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Region

 

KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on an amendment that considers implementation of spawning special management zones (SMZ) in federal waters of the South Atlantic region.  The actions outlined in Amendment 36 to the Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan of the South Atlantic region (Amendment 36) are intended to protect spawning, or reproducing, fish and their habitat.  Comments are due by March 6, 2017.

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED ACTIONS:

HOW TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED ACTIONS:

The comment period on the amendment is open now through March 6, 2017.  You may submit comments by electronic submission or by postal mail.  Comments sent by any other method (such as e-mail), to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries.

The comment period on the amendment will be followed by a comment period on the proposed rule.  Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through the same method as used for the amendment as specified below.

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 2016-31896, published Jan. 4, 2017

Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. 

1. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0153.

2. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields.

3. Enter or attach your comments.

Mail: Submit written comments to Frank Helies, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

 

What are the proposed actions in Amendment 36?

Why are the proposed management actions being considered?

How were proposed spawning SMZ sites selected?

What are the coordinates of the proposed spawning SMZs?

South Cape Lookout (Corner Coordinates)

West Longitude

North Latitude

     
  76° 28.617’ 33° 53.040’

(5.10 sq mile)

76° 27.798’ 33° 52.019’
  76° 30.627’ 33° 49.946’
  76° 31.424’ 33° 51.041’

Devil’s Hole / Georgetown Hole

West Longitude North Latitude
  78° 33.220’ 32° 34.311’

(3.03 sq mile)

78° 34.996’ 32° 34.311’
  78° 34.996’ 32° 32.748’
  78° 33.220’ 32° 32.748’

 

   

Area 51

79° 28.600’ 32° 35.250’

 

79° 27.000’ 32° 35.250’

(2.99 sq mile)

79° 27.000’ 32° 33.750’

 

79° 28.600’ 32° 33.750’

 

   

Area 53

79° 22.250’ 32° 22.650’

 

79° 20.500’ 32° 22.650’

(2.99 sq mile)

79° 20.500’ 32° 21.150’

 

79° 22.250’ 32° 21.150’
Warsaw Hole West Longitude North Latitude
  82° 20.417’ 24° 22.277’

(3.60 sq mile)

82° 18.215’ 24° 22.277’
  82° 18.215’ 24° 20.932’
  82° 20.417’ 24° 20.932’

 

 

What are the fishing regulations associated with the proposed spawning SMZs?

If implemented, how long would the spawning SMZs be in effect?

 

How would the spawning SMZs be monitored and evaluated in the future?

Why are the boundaries of the Charleston Deep Artificial Reef Marine Protected Area being moved?

Charleston Deep Artificial Reef West Longitude North Latitude
     
NW 79° 9.2’ 32° 9.65’
NE 79° 5.595’ 32° 7.155’
SW 79° 9.975’ 32° 2.36’
SE 79° 13.575’ 32° 5.04’

 

Where can I find more information on Amendment 36?

 

By Mail: Frank Helies

NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

By FAX: (727) 824-5308

By Phone: (727) 824-5305

 

 

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