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Instructions for Submitting Public Comments

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
    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 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, the U.S. Government Printing Office, or at

2017 Federal Register Actions  


Notice Of Availability Of A Fishery Management Plan Amendment; Request For Comments; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Mid-Atlantic Unmanaged Forage Fish Omnibus Amendment
Notice; Request For Comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit; NEFSC Study Fleet EFP
Temporary Rule; Inseason Adjustment; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Trip Limit Increase for the Small Vessel Category of the Common Pool Fishery
Final Rule; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Framework Adjustment 28
Temporary Rule; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; 2017 Closure of Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area
Notice; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement; Scoping Process; Notification of Scoping Meetings; Request for Comments
Notice Of Application For Permit; Request For Comments; Foreign Fishing Authorization For Four Canadian Transport Vessels To Receive Transfers Of Atlantic Herring From United States Fishing Vessels
Temporary Rule; Inseason Adjustment; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Trip Limit Increase for Common Pool Fishery
Notice; Request for Comments; Exempted Fishing Permits; Applications: Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Rod and Reel Fishing in WGOM Closed Area EFP
Temporary Rule; Adjustment of Annual Catch Limits; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Adjustment of Georges Bank and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Yellowtail Flounder Annual Catch Limits
Temporary Rule; Quota Transfer Adjustment; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; 2017 Sector Quota Transfer Adjustment
Temporary Rule; Inseason Adjustments; Northeast Skate Complex; Adjustment to the Skate Wing and Skate Bait Inseason Possession Limits










Click Below for Past Federal Register Actions & Public Comments:

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

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