National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration January 24, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Guidelines for Assessing Marine Mammal Stocks
Document Number: 2012-1344
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS solicits public comments on draft revisions to the guidelines for preparing marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs).
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; 2012 Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishing Season
Document Number: 2012-1337
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule establishes the opening dates and adjusts quotas for the 2012 fishing season for the Atlantic commercial shark fisheries. Quotas were adjusted based on over- and/or underharvests experienced during the 2010 and 2011 Atlantic commercial shark fishing seasons. In addition, NMFS is using previously-implemented adaptive management measures to provide, to the extent practicable, fishing opportunities for commercial shark fishermen in all regions and areas to determine the opening dates. These actions are expected to provide fishing opportunities for commercial shark fishermen in the northwestern Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.