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NOAA Fisheries Announces Proposed Measures to Modify Atlantic Mackerel In-Season Closure Provisions

October 4, 2018

Today, NOAA Fisheries published the proposed rule for Framework Adjustment 12 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish, Fishery Management Plan.This action proposes to allow a small incidental catch (5,000 lb) of Atlantic mackerel to continue after 100 percent of the domestic annual harvest is caught instead of prohibiting the possession of Atlantic mackerel for the rest of the year.

For more details, please read the rule as filed in the Federal Register.

Comments on this rule must be received by 10/19/2018.

To submit comments, please use the federal e-rulemaking portal, or send comments by regular mail to Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA, 01930. Please mark the outside of the envelope, "Comments on the Proposed Rule for Mackerel Framework 12."


Fishermen: Alyson Pitts, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 978-281-9352 Media: Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175