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Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Increase the Commercial Quota for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia in Federal Waters of the Atlantic

September 02, 2021

FB21:055: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Frank Helies, 727-824-5305, frank.helies@noaa.gov

Key Message:

NOAA Fisheries requests comments on proposed rulemaking for Atlantic migratory group cobia (Atlantic cobia) in federal waters of the Atlantic.  The proposed rule would increase the commercial quota for Atlantic cobia and modify the process for a commercial closure of Atlantic cobia in federal waters.  NOAA Fisheries is proposing these actions in response to a request from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.  The proposed action is expected to increase regulatory flexibility while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Atlantic cobia population.

Comments are due by October 4, 2021

 

Summary Of Proposed Changes:

  • The proposed rule would increase the commercial quota for Atlantic cobia from 50,000 pounds (lbs) to 73,116 lbs based on the results of the latest population assessment.
  • The proposed rule would also modify the process for a commercial closure of Atlantic cobia in federal waters.  The new process would transfer quota monitoring responsibility from NOAA Fisheries to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.  NOAA Fisheries would then be notified when to implement a closure if necessary.

 

How To Comment On The Proposed Rule:

The comment period is open now through October 4, 2021.  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.

 

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

1. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/document/NOAA-NMFS-2021-0054-0001.

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 the proposed rulemaking?

  • Contact NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

By Mail: Frank Helies

NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

By FAX: (727) 824-5308

By Phone: (727) 824-5305


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on September 02, 2021