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NOAA Fisheries Requests Comment on Reef Fish Rules in Gulf

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for Amendment 53 to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico.
The purpose of this draft environmental impact statement is to assess the environmental impacts associated with a reasonable range of alternatives intended to modify the red grouper commercial and recreational sector allocations, overfishing limit, acceptable biological catch, annual catch limits and annual catch targets of Gulf of Mexico red grouper.
Amendment 53 discusses two actions:
  1. Action 1 would modify the sector allocations, overfishing limit, the acceptable biological catch, and annual catch limits for red grouper based on a recent stock assessment.
  2. Action 2 would modify the buffers between the annual catch limits and annual catch targets.
If you would like to submit comment, NOAA Fisheries must receive it by June 28. To send electronically, please visit the e-Rulemaking Portal, click the “Comment” icon, complete the required fields, then enter or attach comments. To submit written comments, please mail to: Peter Hood, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
Electronic copies of the draft amendments and environmental impact statement can be found here.

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