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Instructions for Submitting Public Comments

To submit a public comment to a rule that NOAA Fisheries has published in the Federal Register, which has an open public comment period, you have two options:

  1. Submit comments electronically:
    1. Go to www.regulations.gov.
    2. Search for the identifying number in the Federal Register notice (in a format such as NOAA-NMFS-YEAR-####) or for a key word.
    3. Once you find the rule you would like to comment on click the Comment Now! icon on the right.
    4. Fill out the web form or upload your letter and submit.
  2. Submit comments by mail by addressing your letter to the address found in the Federal Register notice.  Remember to note attention to a person or subject as specified in the Federal Register notice. 

We also solicit comments for proposed Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs).  To submit a public comment on an EFP, please email us at NMFS.GAR.EFP@noaa.gov and include the title of the research project in the subject line of the email.

You can find Federal Register notices for the Greater Atlantic Region below or for specific species on the relevant Managed Species page on our website under the Announcements tab.  You can also find Federal Register notices at FederalRegister.gov, the U.S. Government Printing Office, or at Regulations.gov.

2016 Federal Register Actions  

April

04/29/2016
Final Rule; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Framework Adjustment 55
04/29/2016
Final Rule; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Fishing Year 2016; Recreational Management Measures
04/28/2016
Notice; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2016 Approved Monitoring Service Providers
04/25/2016
Final Rule; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; 2016-2018 Specifications and Management Measures
04/21/2016
Notice; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Program
04/14/2016
Temporary Rule; Inseason Adjustment; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Trip Limit Adjustment for the Common Pool Fishery
04/14/2016
Temporary Rule; Summer Flounder Fishery; NC to NJ and MA Quota Transfer
04/12/2016
Notice; Request For Comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; CFF Compensation Fishing Gear Research EFP
04/12/2016
Notice; Request For Comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; TNC EM EFP
04/07/2016
Notice; Request For Comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; 2016 UNE Atlantic Cod Bycatch from Lobster Traps EFP
04/06/2016
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; 2016 and 2017 Small-Mesh Multispecies Specifications
04/06/2016
Final Rule To List Eleven Distinct Population Segments of the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) as Endangered or Threatened and Revision of Current Listings Under the Endangered Species Act
04/05/2016
Notice; Request For Comments; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; CFF LAGC Modified Sweep EFP
04/05/2016
Notice; Request For Comments; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; DA16-013 NFI Incidental Discard Mortality EFP
04/01/2016
Final Rule; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Framework Adjustment 4
04/01/2016
Correction; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Adjustment of Georges Bank and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Yellowtail Flounder Annual Catch Limits

June

06/30/2016
Temporary Rule; Closure; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery: Closure of the Mid-Atlantic Access Area to General Category Individual Fishing Quota Scallop Vessels
06/28/2016
Final Rule; Small-Mesh Multispecies Specifications; Modified Specifications for Northern and Southern Red Hake for Fishing Years 2016 and 2017
06/24/2016
Temporary Rule; Reduction of Possession Limit; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery; 2016 Longfin Squid Trimester II Quota Harvested
06/22/2016
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Monkfish; Framework Adjustment 9
06/22/2016
Proposed Specifications; Request For Comments; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Proposed 2016-2018 Specifications
06/21/2016
Temporary Rule; Summer Flounder Fishery; NC to VA Quota Transfer
06/20/2016
Proposed rule, request for comments; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Specification of Management Measures for Atlantic Herring for the 2016-2018 Fishing Years
06/15/2016
Temporary Rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area Closure for the Common Pool Fishery for Cape Cod/Gulf of Maine Yellowtail Flounder
06/15/2016
Notice; Request For Comments; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; 2016 MADMF Whiting Exempted Fishery Study EFP
06/14/2016
Temporary rule; closure; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Closure of the Nantucket Lightship North Access Area to General Category Individual Fishing Quota Scallop Vessels
06/14/2016
Temporary rule; interim measures; request for comments; Blueline Tilefish Fishery; Secretarial Interim Action
06/14/2016
Final Rule; Amendment 17 to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan
06/10/2016
Notice; Request For Comments; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; Rod and Reel Fishing in WGOM Closed Area EFP
06/09/2016
Notice Of Application For Permit for Transshipment of Atlantic Herring by Canadian Vessels; Request For Comments
06/08/2016
Temporary Rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area Closure for the Common Pool Fishery for Witch Flounder
06/03/2016
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Northeast Skate Complex Fishery; Framework Adjustment 3 and 2016-2017 Specifications
06/03/2016
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Endangered and Threatened Species; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay Distinct Population Segments of Atlantic Sturgeon

August

September

October

November

December


Click Below for Past Federal Register Actions & Public Comments:

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

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Disclaimer

"This information is provided by the NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office for the use and convenience of interested persons. The information available on this site may change over time. Official sources of information, such as the Federal Register, control in the event of any discrepancy appearing on NMFS Home Pages."