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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Future Reporting Requirements for the American Lobster Fishery

June 13, 2018

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently approved Addendum XXVI to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for American Lobster to improve the scope and type of data collected in the lobster fishery in order to improve stock assessments, assess potential impacts of wind farms, and better assess interactions with marine mammals.

The addendum includes recommendations to:

  • Require all federal lobster permit holders to report on catches for each fishing trip.
  • Have NOAA Fisheries collect data on where, when, and how long fishermen are fishing.
  • Expand NOAA Fisheries’ offshore biological sampling program.

Through this action, we are notifying the public that we intend to develop a rule that would include the Commission’s harvester reporting recommendations.

This notice is not a proposed rule. All changes would be completed through a separate, future rulemaking.

Read the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as published in the Federal Register. The comments due date is July 16, 2018.

Provide comments through the online e-rulemaking portal when it opens for comments tomorrow (June14) or send comments by mail to Mike Pentony, Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Please mark the outside of the envelope: "Comments on Lobster Reporting ANPR."


Fishermen: Peter Burns at 978-281-9144. 

Media: Allison Ferreira at 978-281-9103.