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Release: Immediate
Date: July 2, 2013
Contact: Rick DeVictor
Phone: 727-824-5305

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Actions for
Black Sea Bass in the South Atlantic

Comment Period Ends August 1, 2013

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on proposed actions in Regulatory Amendment 19 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. The proposed rule published in the Federal Register on July 2, 2013 (78 FR 39700). Comments must be received on or before August 1, 2013.

The health of the black sea bass population in the South Atlantic was assessed in 2013. The black sea bass population is not undergoing overfishing (fish being removed too quickly), is not overfished (too few fish in the population), and is rebuilt. The assessment results suggest the black sea bass catch levels can be increased without jeopardizing the health of the population.

The proposed rule would increase the commercial and recreational annual catch limits and the recreational annual catch target for black sea bass. The sector annual catch limits and recreational annual catch target would change as indicated in the table below.

Fishing Year1

Commercial annual catch limit2

Recreational annual catch limit2

Recreational annual catch target2

2013-2014

780,020

1,033,980

903,905

2014-2015

780,020

1,033,980

903,905

2015-2016

780,020

1,033,980

903,905

2016-20172

755,274

1,001,177

875,228

1 The fishing years are from June 1 through May 31.
2 Values are in pounds whole weight.
3 The annual catch limits for 2016-2017 would remain in place until modified.








          
          
         

 

 

 

 

Regulatory Amendment 19 would also prohibit the use of black sea bass pots annually from November 1 through April 30, which corresponds to the large whale migration and the right whale calving season in the South Atlantic. The prohibition would be a precautionary measure to prevent interactions between black sea bass pot gear and whales listed under the Endangered Species Act during large whale migrations and the right whale calving season off the southeastern coast.

Request for Comments
Comments on the proposed rule for Regulatory Amendment 19 must be received on or before August 1, 2013, to be considered by NOAA Fisheries.

How to Submit Comments
You may submit comments either electronically or through mail. Comments received through other means may not be considered.

Electronic Submissions:
Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

Mail:
Rick DeVictor
NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505

All comments will be part of the public record, and generally posted for public viewing to www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter, may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. Anonymous comments will be accepted.

More information, including Frequently Asked Questions for Regulatory Amendment 19, can be found online at:
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/bsb/index.html and http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/SASnapperGrouperHomepage.htm.

FB13-058

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