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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

04/28/2016
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

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Click Below for Past Federal Register Actions & Public Comments:

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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."