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FB18-023
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE: April 3, 2018
CONTACT: Sustainable Fisheries, South Atlantic Branch, 727-824-5305

 Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Revise Annual Catch Limits for South Atlantic Red Grouper


KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on a proposed rule for Abbreviated Framework Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, which addresses red grouper in the South Atlantic.  This proposed rule would reduce the annual catch limits for South Atlantic red grouper in response to the results of the latest population assessment.  Comments are due by May 3, 2018.

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED CHANGES:

  • The proposed rule would reduce the total and sector annual catch limits (ACLs) for red grouper.
  • New ACLs (in pounds whole weight) are as follows:

Total ACL

Commercial ACL

Recreational ACL

current

780,000

343,200

436,800

2018

139,000

61,160

77,840

2019

150,000

66,000

84,000

2020 until modified

162,000

71,280

90,720

HOW TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED RULE:

The comment period is open now through May 3, 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: 83 FR 14234, published April 3, 2018

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

  1. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0162.
  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.

Abbreviated Framework Amendment 1 may be found online at the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office Web site at:  http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2017/red_grouper_framework/index.html.

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