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NOAA Fisheries Publishes Notice of Availability for Proposed Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan Amendment

July 20, 2016

NOAA Fisheries has published a notice of availability for Amendment 19 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan.

This action proposes to incorporate a specifications process into the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan and to change the start of the fishing year from March 1 to April 1. 

We are requesting public comments by September 19on whether we should approve this amendment and the draft Environmental Assessment incorporated in the amendment.

A proposed rule seeking comment on the implementing regulations for this amendment will publish soon. 

Read the notice of availability as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the e-rulemaking portal or by mailing:

John Bullard, Regional Administrator
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Please label the envelope: "Comments on Amendment 19 for the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery."

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175 or