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Northeast Multispecies Amendment 18 Draft Environmental Impact Statement Public Comment Period

The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) has been developing Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (the groundfish plan) for several years.  On Friday, July 17, 2015, the notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement published.  There will be a 45-day public comment period, ending August 31, 2015. 

Amendment 18 provides a range of alternatives that could address the following issues:

The Council is expected to take final action on Amendment 18 at its September 2015 meeting.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available here.

A schedule for public hearings on Amendment 18 is available here.

You can submit your comments by one of the following methods:

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

  Please include “Amendment 18” in the subject line or on the outside of the envelope.