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To submit a public comment to a rule that NOAA Fisheries has published in the Federal Register, which has an open public comment period, you have two options:

  1. Submit comments electronically:
    1. Go to Regulations.gov.
    2. Search for the identifying number in the Federal Register notice (in a format such as NOAA-NMFS-YEAR-####) or for a key word.
    3. Once you find the rule you would like to comment on click the Comment Now! icon on the right.
    4. Fill out the web form or upload your letter and submit.
  2. Submit comments by mail by addressing your letter to the address found in the Federal Register notice.  Remember to note attention to a person or subject as specified in the Federal Register notice. 

We also solicit comments for proposed Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs).  To submit a public comment on an EFP, please email us at NMFS.GAR.EFP@noaa.gov and include the title of the research project in the subject line of the email.

You can find Federal Register notices for the Greater Atlantic Region below or for specific species on the relevant Managed Species page on our website under the Announcements tab.  You can also find Federal Register notices at FederalRegister.gov, the U.S. Government Printing Office, or at Regulations.gov.

2018-2019 Federal Register Actions

February

02/27/2019
Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery: Inseason Adjustment to the Northern Red Hake Possession Limit
02/20/2019
Framework Adjustment 30 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan
02/12/2019
Mid-Atlantic Blueline Tilefish Fishery; 2019 and Projected 2020-2021 Specifications
02/07/2019
Adjustment to Atlantic Herring Specifications and Sub-Annual Catch Limits for 2019
02/04/2019
Updated Groundfish Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common Pool for Fishing Year 2018
02/01/2019
NOAA Fisheries announces approval of four at-sea monitoring providers for groundfish sectors for fishing years 2019 and 2020.
02/28/2018
Final Rule; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Specifications
02/27/2018
Temporary Rule; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Fishing Year 2017; Extension of Emergency Removal of Southern Windowpane Accountability Measures
02/23/2018
Temporary Rule; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish; 2018 River Herring and Shad Catch Cap Reached for the Directed Atlantic Mackerel Commercial Fishery
02/23/2018
Proposed rule; request for comments; Scup Fishery; Framework Adjustment 10
02/16/2018
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Northern Gulf of Maine Measures in Framework Adjustment 29 to Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan
02/14/2018
Temporary Final Rule; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Adjustments to 2018 Management Area Annual Catch Limits
02/13/2018
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Special Management Zones for 13 New Jersey Artificial Reefs
02/13/2018
Final Rule; Northeast Skate Complex; Framework Adjustment 4
02/06/2018
Final Rule; List of Fisheries for 2018, as Required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act
02/05/2018
Final Rule; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery; 2018-2020 Fishing Quotas
02/01/2018
Final Rule; Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery; 2018 Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Specifications

March

03/26/2019
Framework Adjustment 30 to the Atlantic Sea
03/21/2019
Proposed Rule: Fisheries of the NE US: Jonah Crab Fishery; Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Jonah Crab
03/21/2019
Temporary Rule; Fisheries of the Northeastern US - NE Multispecies Fishery; Adjustment of Georges Bank and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Yellowtail Flounder Annual Catch Limits
03/19/2019
Monkfish Fishery: 2019 Specifications
03/11/2019
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; 2019 Bluefish Specifications
03/08/2019
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish: 2019 River Herring and Shad Catch Cap Reached for the Directed Atlantic Mackerel Commercial Fishery
03/06/2019
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Atlantic Herring Fishery; 2019 Management Area 2 Sub-Annual Catch Limit Harvested
03/06/2019
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2019 and 2020 Sector Operations Plans and 2019 Allocation of Northeast Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements
03/23/2018
Final Rule; Northern Gulf of Maine Measures in Framework Adjustment 29 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan
03/22/2018
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; 2018 Allocation of Northeast Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements and Proposed Regulatory Exemption for Sectors
03/21/2018
Temporary Rule; Inseason Adjustment of Annual Catch Limits; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Adjustment of Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Yellowtail Flounder Catch Limits
03/21/2018
Proposed Rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment 57
03/21/2018
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Fishing Year 2018 Recreational Management Measures
03/16/2018
Notice; Initiation of 5-Year Review for the Endangered New York Bight, Chesapeake Bay, Carolina and South Atlantic Distinct Population Segments of Atlantic Sturgeon and the Threatened Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic Sturgeon
03/16/2018
Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments; Control Date for Northeast Multispecies Charter/Party Fishery
03/14/2018
Proposed rule; request for comments; Framework Adjustment 29 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan
03/13/2018
Temporary Rule; Closure; Atlantic Herring Fishery; 2018 River Herring and Shad Catch Cap Reached for Midwater Trawl Vessels in the Mid-Atlantic/Southern New England Catch Cap Area
03/13/2018
Final Rule; Framework 2 to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan
03/05/2018
Notice; Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition

April

04/30/2019
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Specifications
04/18/2019
Proposed Rule: Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment 58
04/12/2019
Temporary Rule; Northeast Multispecies Common Pool Vessels; Closure of the Witch Flounder Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area
04/30/2018
Temporary Rule; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; 2018 Closure of the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area
04/30/2018
Final rule; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment 57
04/30/2018
Final rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2018 Allocation of Northeast Multispecies Annual Catch Entitlements and Approval of a Regulatory Exemption for Sectors
04/30/2018
Final rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Fishing Year 2018 Recreational Management Measures
04/26/2018
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Gulf of Maine Cod Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area Closure for the Common Pool Fishery
04/18/2018
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Framework Adjustment 29 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan
04/18/2018
Final Rule; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Scup Fishery; Framework Adjustment 12
04/11/2018
Proposed rule; request for comments; 2018-2020 Small-Mesh Multispecies Specifications
04/10/2018
Final rule; Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Omnibus Acceptable Biological Catch Framework Adjustment
04/10/2018
Proposed rule; request for comments; Recreational Management Measures for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; Fishing Year 2018
04/10/2018
Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; Northeast Skate Complex; Inseason Adjustment to the Skate Wing Possession Limit
04/03/2018
Final Rule; Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2; Map

 


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