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Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Increase Annual Catch Limits for South Atlantic Blueline Tilefish

April 15, 2020

FB20-025: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin, For more information, contact: Mary Vara, Sustainable Fisheries (727) 824-5305

KEY MESSAGE:

  • NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on a proposed rule for Abbreviated Framework Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, which addresses blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic.
  • Abbreviated Framework Amendment 3 and the proposed rule would increase the annual catch limits and recreational annual catch target for South Atlantic blueline tilefish in response to the results of the latest population assessment.

Comments are due by May 15, 2020.

 

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED CHANGES:

  • The proposed rule would increase the total and sector annual catch limits and the recreational annual catch target for blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic.
  • New annual catch limits for blueline tilefish (in pounds whole weight) are as follows:

 

Year

Total South Atlantic annual catch limit

Commercial annual catch limit

Recreational annual catch limit

Recreational annual catch target

Current

174,798

87,521

87,277

54,653

Proposed

233,968

117,148

116,820

70,886

 

HOW TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED RULE:

The comment period is open now through May 15, 2020.  You may submit comments by electronic submission or by postal mail.  Comments sent by any other method (such as e-mail), to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries.

 

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 85 FR 20970, published April 15, 2020. 

Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. 

1. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2020-0039.

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

3. Enter or attach your comments.

Mail: Submit written comments to Mary Vara, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

Abbreviated Framework Amendment 3 may be found online at the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office Web site at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/abbreviated-framework-amendment-3-blueline-tilefish.


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on April 15, 2020