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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 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.

2017 Federal Register Actions  

March

03/28/2017
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
03/28/2017
Notice; Request For Comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit; NEFSC Study Fleet EFP
03/22/2017
Temporary Rule; Inseason Adjustment; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Trip Limit Increase for the Small Vessel Category of the Common Pool Fishery
03/22/2017
Final Rule; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Framework Adjustment 28
03/22/2017
Temporary Rule; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; 2017 Closure of Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area
03/22/2017
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
03/21/2017
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
03/17/2017
Temporary Rule; Inseason Adjustment; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Trip Limit Increase for Common Pool Fishery
03/15/2017
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
03/13/2017
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
03/10/2017
Temporary Rule; Quota Transfer Adjustment; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; 2017 Sector Quota Transfer Adjustment
03/09/2017
Temporary Rule; Inseason Adjustments; Northeast Skate Complex; Adjustment to the Skate Wing and Skate Bait Inseason Possession Limits

May

05/25/2017
Temporary Rule; Closure; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Closure of the Nantucket Lightship Access Area to General Category Individual Fishing Quota Scallop Vessels
05/24/2017
Temporary Rule; Area Closure; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; American Plaice Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area Closure for the Common Pool Fishery
05/24/2017
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Fishing Year 2017; Recreational Management Measures
05/24/2017
Final Rule; Black Sea Bass Fishery; Revised 2017 and Projected 2018 Specifications
05/23/2017
Notice; Request for Comments; Exempted Fishing Permits; Applications: General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; DA17-042CFF Resource Enhancement Study EFP
05/23/2017
Proposed Rule, Request for Comments; Fisheries of Northeastern United States: Reporting Requirements for Electronic Vessel Trip Reports by Federally Permitted Party and Charter Vessel Operators in Mid-Atlantic Region
05/16/2017
Summer Flounder Fishery; NC to VA Quota Transfer
05/16/2017
Notice; request for comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; DA17-032 CFF Georges Bank Optimization Study EFP
05/16/2017
Notice; request for comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; Hook Gear Access to WGOM and Cashes Ledge Closure Areas EFP
05/08/2017
Final Rule; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States: Northern Red Hake Accountability Measure
05/08/2017
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Monkfish; Framework Adjustment 10
05/08/2017
Notice; request for comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; URI Gear Research EFP
05/03/2017
Notice; Request for Comments; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; SMAST and TNC Atlantic Halibut EFPs

July

07/31/2017
Final Rule: Fisheries of the NE US; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Framework Adjustment 56
07/28/2017
Temporary Rule; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Georges Bank Cod Trimester Total Allowable Catch Area Closure for the Common Pool Fishery
07/27/2017
Final Rule; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Fishing Year 2017; Recreational Management Measures
07/24/2017
Notice; request for comments; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; GMRI Off-bottom Trawl EFP
07/20/2017
Notice of Determination of Compliance for the State of New Jersey; Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; Summer Flounder Fishery
07/18/2017
Temporary Rule; Closure; Summer Flounder Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for Massachusetts
07/18/2017
Proposed Rule; Request for Comments; Fisheries of Northeastern United States: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Omnibus Acceptable Biological Catch Framework Adjustment
07/13/2017
Notice; request for comments; Exempted Fishing Permit; Applications: General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance electronic monitoring EFP
07/12/2017
Notice; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; For Hire Telephone Survey
07/12/2017
Notice; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Greater Atlantic Region Vessel Identification Requirements
07/11/2017
Final Rule; Monkfish; Framework Adjustment 10
07/07/2017
Notice; Request for Comments; Streamlining Regulatory Processes and Reducing Regulatory Burden
07/06/2017
Final Rule: Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder and Scup Fisheries; Fishing Year 2017

 


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