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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-AK28 Publication ID: Fall 1997 
Title: ●Regulatory Amendment To Adjust Management Measures Under the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Species of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP) for the 1998 Fishing Season 
Abstract: This action would amend the regulations implementing the FMP to establish management measures for the 1998 fishing season, in accordance with the FMP's framework procedure for setting annual total allowable catch (TAC) limits and associated measures for all managed species. Adjusted measures may include revised: TAC limits, commercial and recreational fishery quotas, size limits for harvested fish, closed fishing seasons or areas, and rebuilding schedules for overfished species (e.g., red snapper). The FMP regulates commercial and recreational fishing in the exclusive economic zone of the Gulf of Mexico and was developed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) and approved/implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Annual management changes are proposed by the Council; NMFS publishes a proposed rule to obtain public comment on these proposals for consideration in approving/disapproving them. Approved measures are implemented by final rule. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 622   
Legal Authority: 16 USC 1801 et seq   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Final regulations to be published within 30 days of end of NPRM comment period. Final regulations to be published within 30 days of end of NPRM comment period.   
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/1997    
NPRM Comment Period End  12/00/1997    
Final Action  01/00/1998    
Final Action Effective  02/00/1998    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Andrew J. Kemmerer Ph.D.
Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, NMFS
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Phone:301 713-2325
Fax:301 713-1043