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Proposed Rule: Revisions to the Guidelines for National Standards 4, 8, and 9


Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status


NOAA Fisheries is releasing advance notice of a proposed rule and seeking public comment on the need for potential revisions to the Guidelines for National Standards 4, 8, and 9 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Since the National Standards 4, 8, and 9 Guidelines were last revised, a number of fishery management issues—including those related to climate-ready fisheries and equity and environmental justice—suggest a need to revisit the guidelines to ensure they remain appropriate for current U.S. fisheries management.

The intent of the proposed rule is to provide background on some of the specific issues under consideration, seek specific input, and provide a general opportunity for public comment.

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Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 04/25/2024

Magnuson-Stevens Act National Standard Guidelines