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FB18-014
Fishery Bulletin Issue Date:
February 21, 2018
Contact: Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305

                  
Request for Comments: Action to Improve Compliance and Flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Individual Fishing Quota Programs

KEY MESSAGE:
NOAA Fisheries announces a comment period on proposed regulations affecting commercial reef fish fishermen.  The purpose of this action is to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. Comments are due by April 23, 2018.

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED CHANGES:

HOW TO COMMENT ON THE NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND PROPOSED RULE:
The comment period is open now through April 23, 2018.  You may submit comments on the notice of availability and proposed rule 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: FR#7447, published Feb. 21, 2018.

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

  1. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0060.
  2. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields.
  3. Enter or attach your comments.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Why are landing notifications being required for all commercial trips landing reef fish species, not just IFQ species?

What information needs to be in the landing notification?

When and how are landing notifications made?

How do I find out if my landing location is pre-approved and what do I need to do to get a landing location approved?

Why must pre-approved landing locations be used?

What are the landing notification time requirements?

Which IFQ share accounts are being returned to NOAA Fisheries?

Why does NOAA Fisheries need to hold back some of the quota?

What if NOAA Fisheries is not able to reduce the quota in a timely fashion?

Where can I find more information on Amendment 36A?

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