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FB17-077

FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE:December 18, 2017

CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov

 

 Request for Comments: Intent to Develop a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Coral Habitat Areas Considered for Management in the Gulf of Mexico

                      

KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries, in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coral and Coral Reef Resources of the Gulf.  Coral Amendment 9 will consider alternatives that would modify fishing regulations within the existing habitat areas of particular concern (HAPC) boundary of Pulley Ridge, establish new areas for HAPC status in the Gulf, and prohibit dredge fishing in all HAPCs with fishing regulations.

BACKGROUND:

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED ACTIONS:

The actions considered to date would establish:

NOAA Fisheries and the Council are soliciting comments on the current actions or any other actions within the scope of Amendment 9 that the public would like the Council and NOAA Fisheries to consider.

 HOW TO COMMENT:

The comment period is open now through January 17, 2018.  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. 

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: NOAA-NMFS-2017-0146 published December 18, 2018.

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

  1. Go to: www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0146
  2. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields.
  3. Enter or attach your comments.

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

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Why are the proposed actions necessary?

Where can I find more information on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for State Management of Gulf of Mexico Recreational Red Snapper?

By Mail: Lauren Waters
NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505
By Phone: (727) 824-5305


 
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