SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
June 4, 2015
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Proposed Rule for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region
Comment Period Ends July 6, 2015
NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on the proposed rule for Regulatory Amendment 22 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Regulatory Amendment 22). The proposed rule published on June 4, 2015 (80 FR 31880), with a comment period ending on July 6, 2015.
The proposed rule would adjust the annual catch limits (ACL) of gag and wreckfish based on the outcome of population assessments.
The commercial and recreational annual catch limits for gag would initially decrease from 2014 levels, but would gradually increase and exceed 2014 levels by 2018. The total annual catch limit for gag is allocated between the commercial and recreation sectors. Commercial and recreational allocations will continue to be 51% and 49%, respectively. The commercial annual catch limit is reduced to the directed commercial quota by 27,218 pounds gutted weight to account for discard mortality of gag that would result from targeting other shallow water groupers after harvest of gag is closed. The new values in pounds gutted weight are:
The commercial and recreational annual catch limits for wreckfish would be higher than 2014 levels. The total annual catch limit for wreckfish is divided among the commercial and recreation sector. Commercial and recreational allocations will continue to be 95% and 5%, respectively. The new values in pounds whole weight are:
Request for Comments:
Comments on the proposed rule must be received no later than July 6, 2015, to be considered by NOAA Fisheries. See the Addresses section for information on where and how to submit comments below.
Electronic or hardcopies of the proposed rule may be obtained from:
You may submit comments by the following methods:
Mary Janine Vara
Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on 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).
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Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 22 - Gag & Wreckfish Management Measures; FB15-037: NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on a Proposed Rule for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region - Comment Period Ends July 6, 2015