10/23/15 – NOAA Fisheries – FB15-081: NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to Modify a Black Sea Bass Pot Seasonal Prohibition – Comment Period Ends on December 7, 2015

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(South Atlantic) 

FB15-081

Rick DeVictor
727-824-5305      

 

October 23, 2015     

 

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to Modify a Black Sea Bass Pot Seasonal Prohibition -

Comment Period Ends on December 7, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for Regulatory Amendment 16 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Regulatory Amendment 16).

On October 23, 2013, fishery managers implemented an annual prohibition on the use of black sea bass pots from November 1 through April 30 in the South Atlantic. Regulatory Amendment 16 contains management measures to modify this prohibition in terms of area and time closed. The regulatory amendment also contains management actions to require specific rope marking for black sea bass pot gear. The purpose of the proposed actions is to reduce the adverse socioeconomic impacts from the prohibition while continuing to protect whales in the South Atlantic region.

Request for Comments

The comment period on this draft environmental impact statement ends on December 7, 2015. You may obtain electronic copies of the draft amendment and environmental impact statement from the NOAA Fisheries Web site at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2013/reg_am16/index.html or the e-Rulemaking Portal (see Addresses section).

Addresses

You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2013-0165, by either of the following methods:

ELECTRONIC   SUBMISSION: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

1. Go to: www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0165.

2. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields.

3. Enter or attach your comments.

MAIL: Submit written comments to:

Rick DeVictor
Southeast Regional Office, NMFS
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

INSTRUCTIONS: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries.

All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on https://www.regulations.gov/ without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A" in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

Summary:

FB15-081: NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to Modify a Black Sea Bass Pot Seasonal Prohibition - Comment Period Ends on December 7, 2015