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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.

2014 Federal Register Actions  

March

03/28/2014
Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments; Notice of a Control Date for the Purpose of Limiting Entry to the Skate Fishery
03/28/2014
Proposed specifications; request for comments; 2014 Summer Flounder Specifications; 2015 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications; 2014 Research Set-Aside Projects
03/26/2014
Notice Of Availability Of A Fishery Management Plan Amendment; Request For Comments; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Amendment 3 to the Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan
03/26/2014
Notice; Request For Comments; Application for SMAST River Herring EFP
03/25/2014
Proposed Rule, Withdrawal; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; GB Yellowtail Flounder Accountability Measures to the Atlantic Scallop Fishery
03/19/2014
Final Rule; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Adjustments to 2014 Annual Catch Limits
03/19/2014
Final Rule; Correction; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Amendment 14
03/19/2014
Temporary Rule; Summer Flounder Fishery; NC to VA and NJ Quota Transfer
03/18/2014
Temporary Rule; Inseason Action; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Butterfish Trip Limit Reduction
03/17/2014
Proposed Rule; request for comments; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Framework Adjustment 51
03/17/2014
Proposed Rule; request for comments; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2014 Sector Operations Plans and Contracts and Allocation of Northeast Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements
03/17/2014
Proposed Rule; request for comments; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Reporting Requirements; Unused Catch Carryover
03/11/2014
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery; 2014-2016 Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Specifications

April

04/30/2014
Final Rule; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northern Red Hake Accountability Measure
04/30/2014
Final Rule; Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery; 2014-2016 Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Specifications
04/29/2014
Notice; Request For Comments; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; NEFSC Study Fleet EFP
04/29/2014
Notice; Request For Comments; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; Exploratory Closed Area Fishing EFP
04/29/2014
Final Rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2014 Sector Operations Plans and Contracts and Allocation of Northeast Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements
04/24/2014
Notice; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Greater Atlantic Region Dealer Purchase Reports
04/22/2014
Interim Final Rule; Request For Comments; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Fishing Year 2014; Recreational Management Measures
04/22/2014
Final Rule; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Framework Adjustment 51
04/21/2014
Final Rule; Northeast Multispecies Sector Vessels Access to Year-Round Closed Areas
04/15/2014
Notice; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Greater Atlantic Region Observer Providers Requirements
04/11/2014
Proposed Specifications; Request For Comments; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; 2014 Atlantic Bluefish Specifications
04/10/2014
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Amendment 3
04/09/2014
Temporary Rule; Closure; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Trimester Closure and Trip Limit Adjustments for the Common Pool Fishery
04/07/2014
Final rule; American Lobster Fishery
04/04/2014
Final Rule; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; 2014 Specifications and Management Measures
04/04/2014
Temporary Rule; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Phase 1 Reopening for the Directed Butterfish Fishery
04/02/2014
Final Rule; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Framework Adjustment 8

May

05/30/2014
Final Rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Reporting Requirements; Unused Catch Carryover
05/29/2014
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Fisheries Of The Northeastern United States; Gear Stowage Requirements
05/28/2014
Temporary Rule; Directed Fishery Closure; Atlantic Herring Fishery; 2014 Sub-Annual Catch Limit Harvested for Management Area 1B
05/27/2014
Proposed rule; request for comments; Monkfish; Framework Adjustment 8
05/23/2014
Notice; Request For Comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; GMRI Whiting EFP
05/22/2014
Final Rule; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; 2014 Summer Flounder Specifications; 2015 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications
05/21/2014
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Northeast Skate Complex Fishery; Framework Adjustment 2
05/20/2014
Temporary Rule; Summer Flounder Fishery; VA to NJ Quota Transfer
05/16/2014
Notice; request for comments; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; MA DMF Lobster Study EFP
05/13/2014
Proposed Specifications; Request For Comments; Proposed 2014-2015 Spiny Dogfish Specifications
05/09/2014
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; Fishing Year 2014
05/09/2014
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery and Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment 25
05/08/2014
Notice; Request For Comments; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; Barndoor Skate EFP
05/05/2014
Notice; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Greater Atlantic Region Vessel Identification Collection
05/05/2014
Notice, Process For Making GIS Files Available; Opportunity To Comment; Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office's Geographic Information Systems Program; Availability of Files

August

08/29/2014
Temporary Rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Closure for the Common Pool Fishery
08/29/2014
Final rule; Northeast Skate Fishery; Framework Adjustment 2
08/22/2014
Final Rule; Correction; Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Regulations
08/21/2014
Notice; Request for Comments; Omnibus Amendment to Simplify Vessel Baselines
08/21/2014
Temporary Rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Trimester Closure for the Common Pool Fishery
08/14/2014
Notice; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Commercial Fishing Vessel Cost and Earnings Data Collection Survey in the Northeast Region
08/12/2014
Temporary Rule; Inseason Adjustment; Scup Fishery; Adjustment to the 2014 Winter II Quota
08/12/2014
Notice; Request For Comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; UNE and SMAST Monkfish RSA EFPs
08/11/2014
Temporary Rule; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the 2014 Trimester 2 Directed Longfin Squid Fishery
08/08/2014
Final Rule; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Final 2014-2015 Spiny Dogfish Specifications
08/08/2014
Notice; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Fishermen's Contingency Fund
08/07/2014
Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery; Information Collection
08/06/2014
Temporary Rule; Area Closure And Possession Limit Adjustment; NE Multispecies Fishery; Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area Closure for the Common Pool Fishery and Possession Limit Adjustment
08/01/2014
Advance Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking; Request For Comments; Notice of a Control Date for the Purpose of Limiting Entry to the Summer Flounder Fishery; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan

December

 


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