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NOAA Fisheries Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule to Increase Groundfish Recreational Fishing Opportunities

NOAA Fisheries is proposing to increase recreational fishing opportunities for Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod and haddock starting May 1, 2016 (Table 1). Under the proposed measures, each angler could retain one cod per day during the months of August and September and could keep up to 15 haddock per day for the majority of the fishing year.

On March 3, 2016, we published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to increase recreational fishing opportunities for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock starting May 1, 2016. We intended to propose measures that were recommended by the New England Fishery Management Council. However, the proposed rule contained errors in the dates that Gulf of Maine haddock possession would be prohibited. Table 1 summarizes the corrected proposed measures. 

Read the corrected proposed rule and supporting documents. The proposed rule includes “how to” instructions for public comments. The comment period is open through March 25, 2016.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175 or Jennifer.Goebel@noaa.gov.