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NMFS Pacific Coast Groundfish Harvest Specifications and Request for Public Comment Due

NMFS Pacific Coast Groundfish 2019-2020 Harvest Specification and Request for Public Comment
Submissions due October 19th 2018 by 11:59 PM EDT.
Full Document linked here

SUMMARY:

This proposed rule would establish the 2019-20 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. This proposed rule would also revise the management measures that are intended to keep the total catch of each groundfish stock or stock complex within the harvest specifications. The proposed measures are intended to help prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, achieve optimum yield, and ensure that management measures are based on the best scientific information available.

DATES:

Comments must be received no later than October 19, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2018-0056, by either of the following methods:

  • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2018-0056, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

  • Mail: Submit written comments to Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-0070.

Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public record and NMFS will post 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 is publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter “N/A” in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Keeley Kent, phone: 206-526-4655, fax: 206-526-6736, or email: Keeley.Kent@noaa.gov.