NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




Spiny Dogfish Regulations Delayed until March 15, 2000

Dear Spiny Dogfish Permit Holders and Dealers:

This is to inform you that the Secretary of Commerce has decided to delay the effective date of the final rule to implement the Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) from February 10, 2000, until March 15, 2000. Among the measures delayed by this action are permit and reporting requirements for commercial vessels, operators, and dealers; and the 5% dogfish fin-to-carcass ratio. If you have already received your federal Spiny Dogfish permit, it will become valid upon the effective date of March 15, 2000, rather than February 10, 2000.

This is only a summary of some of the regulations that are delayed until March 15, 2000. A complete summary of the measures contained in the spiny dogfish final rule and delayed by this action is available in the permit holder letter dated January 10, 2000. A copy of that letter and the entire spiny dogfish regulations are available at the Northeast Regional Office website at http://www.wh.whoi.edu/ro/doc/nero.html.

This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service



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