From The Federal Register, Request For Comments: Fisheries Of The Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, And South Atlantic; Regulatory Amendment 6 To The Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan Of Puerto Rico And The U.S. Virgin Islands (Oct. 19)

2017-09-22T14:26:12+00:00 September 22, 2017|

AGENCY:

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION:

Proposed rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

NMFS proposes to implement the measures described in Regulatory Amendment 6 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)(FMP), as prepared and submitted by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council). This proposed rule would revise the method used to trigger the application of accountability measures (AM) for Council-managed reef fish species or species groups in the Puerto Rico exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The purpose of this proposed rule is to increase the likelihood that optimum yield (OY) is achieved on a continuing basis and to minimize, to the extent practicable, adverse socio-economic effects of AM-based closures.

DATES:

Written comments must be received on or before October 19, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments on the proposed rule identified by “NOAA-NMFS-2017-0074” by either of the following methods:

Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter “N/A” in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

Electronic copies of Regulatory Amendment 6, which includes an environmental assessment, a Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) analysis, and a regulatory impact review, may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/​sustainable_​fisheries/​caribbean/​index.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sarah Stephenson, telephone: 727-824-5305; email: sarah.stephenson@noaa.gov.

For more information, click here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/19/2017-19927/fisheries-of-the-caribbean-gulf-of-mexico-and-south-atlantic-regulatory-amendment-6-to-the-reef-fish