09/09/2022 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/09/2022 12:24
NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on the notice of availability and proposed rule for Amendment 50 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 50). The latest population assessment determined South Atlantic red porgy is overfished and undergoing overfishing. If implemented, Amendment 50 and the proposed rule would modify management of South Atlantic red porgy through establishing a new rebuilding plan, and revising the acceptable biological catch, annual catch limits, annual optimum yield, sector allocations, accountability measures, and management measures for the commercial and recreational sectors. The management measures would reduce the commercial trip and recreational bag and possession limit, and implement a 2-month recreational fishing season. Comments are due by November 8, 2022.
Summary of Proposed Changes:
How to Comment on the Notice of Availability and Proposed Rule:
The comment period for the notice of availability is open now through November 8, 2022. The comment period on the proposed rule is expected to fall within this same time frame, and comments on both the amendment and proposed rule will be considered in the final rule. You may submit comments by electronic submission (described below) or by postal mail. Comments received after the end of the comment period may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries.Federal Register Citation:87 FR 55376, published September 9, 2022Electronic Submissions:Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.
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.
Where can I find more information on Amendment 50?
NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505By FAX:(727) 824-5308By Phone:(727) 824-5305
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