NOAA Fisheries has published a proposed rule for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. This amendment would implement an annual landing limit, possession limits, and permitting and reporting requirements for certain previously unmanaged forage species and species groups within Mid-Atlantic Federal waters. The purpose of this action is to prevent the development of new, and the expansion of existing, commercial fisheries on certain forage species until the Council has adequate opportunity and information to evaluate the potential impacts of forage fish harvest on existing fisheries, fishing communities, and the marine ecosystem.
Comments will be accepted through May 30, 2017. Please see the Proposed Rule for details and instructions for submitting comments.
Additional background information about the amendment may be found on the Council's website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/unmanaged-forage.
For further information, contact Douglas Christel, NMFS Fishery Policy Analyst, 978-281-9141, email@example.com, fax 978-281-9135.