NOAA Fisheries seeks public comment on an amendment that would extend the 2017 sunset provision by five years for the recreational red snapper sector separation regulation.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 45 to NOAA Fisheries for review, approval, and implementation. The Notice of Availabilityfor public comment on this amendment published in the Federal Register on August 25, 2016.
Please Note: This bulletin only summarizes the proposed actions and their effects. NOAA Fisheries encourages constituents to access Amendment 45 for more information at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_fisheries/reef_fish/2016/am45/index.html.
Purpose of the Amendment 45
If approved by NOAA Fisheries, Amendment 45 would extend the sector separation provisions for the recreational sector fishing for red snapper for an additional five years. This extension is needed to give the Council additional time to complete the development and implementation of actions to address charter vessel and headboat fishing.
The sector separation provisions were implemented in May 2016 through Amendment 40. Provisions included sub-quotas, annual catch targets, and accountability measures for the federal for-hire and private angling components of the recreational sector fishing for red snapper. The purpose of Amendment 40 was to increase flexibility in future management of the recreational sector fishing for red snapper and reduce the chance for recreational red snapper quota overruns. A sunset provision had these provisions ending December 31, 2017. For more information on Amendment 40, see
Current Proposed Management Measures
Amendment 45 would extend the sunset provision from the end of the 2017 fishing year (December 31, 2017) to the end of the 2022 fishing year (December 31, 2022).
How to Submit Comments
NOAA Fisheries must receive comments on this notice no later than October 24, 2016. We will address all comments specifically directed to Amendment 45 or the subsequent proposed rule in the final rule. You may obtain electronic copies of Amendment 45 from the NOAA Fisheries Web site:
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_fisheries/reef_fish/2016/am45/index.html or the e-Rulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.
You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2016-0089, by any of the following methods:
Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0089, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
Mail: Submit written comments to Peter Hood, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505.
Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All
personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments (enter “N/A” in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).