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Federal Register Highlights – 6/3/13

June 3, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for June 3, 2013:

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the recreational sector of golden tilefish in the South Atlantic for the 2013 fishing year through this temporary rule. Recreational landings from 2012, as estimated by the Science and Research Director (SRD), exceeded the recreational annual catch limit (ACL) for golden tilefish. Furthermore, information from 2013 recreational landings indicate that landings are projected to reach the recreational ACL on June 3, 2013. To account for the 2012 ACL overage and to prevent an ACL overage in 2013, NMFS closes the recreational sector for golden tilefish on June 3, 2013. This closure is necessary to protect the golden tilefish resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, June 3, 2013, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes regulations to implement measures in Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 5 was developed by the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) to: Improve the collection of real-time, accurate catch information; enhance the monitoring and sampling of catch at-sea; and address bycatch issues through responsible management. The proposed Amendment 5 management measures include: Revising fishery management program provisions (permitting provisions, dealer and vessel reporting requirements, measures to address herring carrier vessels, regulatory definitions, requirements for vessel monitoring systems, and trip notifications); increasing observer coverage and requiring industry to contribute funds towards the cost of increased observer coverage; expanding vessel requirements to maximize observer’s ability to sample catch at-sea; minimizing the discarding of unsampled catch; addressing the incidental catch and bycatch of river herring; and revising the criteria for midwater trawl vessels’ access to groundfish closed areas. Public comments must be received no later than July 18, 2013. (To submit comments, visit, reference docket number NOAA-NMFS-2013-0066.)



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