04/04/18 – NOAA Fisheries – FB18-023: Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Revise Annual Catch Limits for South Atlantic Red Grouper

FB18-023     PRINT

FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: 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 toregulations.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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