Proposed rule for Snapper-Grouper Fishery off the Southern Atlantic States, U.S.

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The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting comments for a proposed rule for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery off the coast of the Southern Atlantic States.

Summary: NMFS publishes this proposed rule to implement a regulatory amendment (Regulatory Amendment 12) to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP), as prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). If implemented, this rule would modify the golden tilefish annual catch limit (ACL), which would be equal to the optimum yield (OY), as well as revise the recreational accountability measures (AMs) for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The intent of this rule is to modify management measures for golden tilefish in the commercial and recreational sectors in the South Atlantic based on new stock assessment analyses.

Written comments must be received on or before August 20, 2012. Electronic comments may be submitted via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

Full details of the proposed rule may be found in the attached PDF.

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