National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration December 5, 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfer From NC to RI
Document Number: 2019-26291
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the State of North Carolina is transferring a portion of its 2019 commercial bluefish quota to the State of Rhode Island. This quota adjustment is necessary to comply with the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial bluefish quotas for North Carolina and Rhode Island.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Determination on the Designation of Critical Habitat for Giant Manta Ray
Document Number: 2019-26265
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, have determined that a designation of critical habitat is not prudent at this time. Based on a comprehensive review of the best scientific data available, we find that there are no identifiable physical or biological features that are essential to the conservation of the giant manta ray within areas under U.S. jurisdiction. We also find that there are no areas outside of the geographical area occupied by the species under U.S. jurisdiction that are essential to its conservation. As such, we find that there are no areas within the jurisdiction of the United States that meet the definition of critical habitat for the giant manta ray.