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NOAA Fisheries Announces Public Comment Period and Scoping for Jonah Crab Fishery

Jonah crab has long been considered a bycatch of the lobster fishery but, in recent years, there has been increasing targeted fishing pressure and growing market demand for crab. 

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved an Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Jonah Crab in August 2015 and then modified Jonah crab management measures with Addendum I in May 2016.
The Commission has requested that we issue complementary regulations for Federal waters. 

In preparation for future rulemaking and analysis, we are seeking public comment on the Commission's recommended management measures. We would also like input on any additional alternatives that we should consider for managing the Jonah crab fishery in Federal waters.

Read the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Jonah Crab Fishery as published today in the Federal Register, and the Rulemaking Scoping Document available on our website.jonah 
The comment period is open through November 14.

Provide comments through the online e-Rulemaking portal, or send comments by mail to John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Please mark the outside of the envelope: "Comments on Jonah Crab Plan."

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or email jennifer.goebel@noaa.gov.