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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
    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 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, the U.S. Government Printing Office, or at

2015 Federal Register Actions  


Notice; Request For Information; Endangered and Threatened Species; 90-Day Finding on Two Petitions To List Porbeagle Sharks
Notice Of Intent To Prepare An Environmental Impact Statement; Notice Of Initiation Of Scoping Process; Notice Of Public Scoping Meetings; Request For Comments; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish; Squid Capacity Amendment
Final Rule; Black Sea Bass Fishery; Framework Adjustment 8
Notice; Request For Comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; NFI 2014 Incidental Discard Mortality EFP
Notice Of Public Scoping Meetings; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Scoping Process
Proposed Rule; 12 Month Petition Finding; Request For Comments; Notice Of Public Hearing; List 11 DPSs of Green Sea Turtles
Final Rule; 2015 Atlantic Mackerel, 2015-2017 Squid, and 2015-2017 Butterfish Fisheries; Specifications and Management Measures
Final Rule; 2015 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Regulations
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery and Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment 26; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Sea Turtle Conservation
Notice; Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition; Gulf of Maine Cod
Notice; Final Grant Of Regulatory Exemptions; Application for Fishing Year 2014 Groundfish Sector Exemption
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Framework Adjustment 53
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; 2015 and 2016 Sector Operations Plans and 2015 Contracts and Allocation of NE Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements
Temporary Rule; Summer Flounder Fishery; NC Quota Transfer to MA
Notice; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Reporting of Sea Turtle Incidental Take in Virginia Chesapeake Bay Pound Net Operations
Temporary Rule; Quota Transfer; Summer Flounder Fishery; NC Quota Transfer to VA and NJ
Temporary Rule, Correcting Amendment; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Fishing Year 2014; Interim Gulf of Maine Cod Management Measures; Correction









Click Below for Past Federal Register Actions & Public Comments:

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

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