National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration April 24, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08158
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Mid-Atlantic Forage Species Omnibus Amendment
Document Number: 2017-08130
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to approve and implement measures included in an omnibus amendment submitted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council that would manage forage species within Mid-Atlantic Federal waters. This amendment would implement an annual landing limit, possession limits, and permitting and reporting requirements for Atlantic chub mackerel and certain previously unmanaged forage species and species groups within Mid-Atlantic Federal waters. The purpose of this action is to prevent the development of new, and the expansion of existing, commercial fisheries on certain forage species until the Council has adequate opportunity and information to evaluate the potential impacts of forage fish harvest on existing fisheries, fishing communities, and the marine ecosystem.