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FB17-081
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE: December 28, 2017
CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov

Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Establish the Maximum Sustainable Yield and Revise the Annual Catch Limit for Vermilion Snapper
(Reef Fish Amendment 47)

                      

KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries requests comments on an amendment and proposed rule that would establish a proxy for the estimate of the maximum sustainable yield and revise the annual catch limit for vermillion snapper stock in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf).  The maximum sustainable yield is the highest possible annual catch that can be sustained over time. 

BACKGROUND:

In 2016, a population assessment for vermilion snapper was conducted, using updated and more reliable age and growth data.  This assessment produced an estimate of the allowable harvest that would prevent overfishing of the stock (too many vermilion snapper being caught each year).  Using this assessment, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council selected an annual catch limit of 3.11 million pounds for 2017 through 2021; therefore, the current annual catch limit of 3.42 million pounds whole weight would be reduced.

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED CHANGES:

HOW TO COMMENT:

The comment period is open now through January 26, 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.  Relevant comments on both the amendment and proposed rule will be addressed in the final rule.

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: NOAA- NMFS-2017-0106, published December 27, 2017.

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

  1. Go to: www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0106.
  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 Reef Fish Amendment 47?

             By Mail: Lauren Waters
             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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