7/31/14 – NOAA Fisheries: FB14-056: NOAA Fisheries Publishes Proposed Rule To Modify Catch Limits for Spanish Mackerel In the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic – Comment Period Ends September 2, 2014

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic)    

FB14-056        

Karla Gore
727-824-5305     

July 31, 2014      

NOAA Fisheries Publishes Proposed Rule to Modify  Catch Limits for Spanish Mackerel in the  Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to implement Framework Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Region. The proposed rule for Framework Amendment 1 published in the Federal Register (79 FR 44369) on July 31, 2014, and the comment period ends on September 2, 2014.

Recent stock assessments for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel indicate the stocks are healthy, and catch levels can be increased.

If implemented, the proposed rule would increase the combined commercial and recreational catch limit for Spanish mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico from 5.15 million pounds to 12.7 million pounds in 2014-2015, and then decrease to 11.8 million pounds in 2015-2016, and 11.3 million pounds in 2016-2017.

In the South Atlantic, the proposed rule would increase the catch limit for Spanish mackerel from 5.69 million pounds to 6.063 million pounds; with 3.330 million pounds (55%) allocated to the commercial sector and 2.727 million pounds (45%) allocated to the recreational sector.

Addresses

Framework Amendment 1 may be obtained from:

You may submit comments by the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

  • Mail: NOAA Fisheries
    Southeast Regional Office
    Sustainable Fisheries Division
    c/o Karla Gore
    263 13th Avenue South
    St. Petersburg, Florida 3370-5505

NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Comments received through means not specified in this bulletin may not be considered.

More Information

For more information on Mackerel Framework Amendment 1, please click on this link to the Frequently Asked Questions found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_sa/cmp/2014/framework_am1/index.html.


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NOAA Fisheries: FB14-056: NOAA Fisheries Publishes Proposed Rule To Modify Catch Limits for Spanish Mackerel In the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic - Comment Period Ends September 2, 2014