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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BB26 Publication ID: 2012 
Title: Implementation of Comprehensive Ecosystem Based Amendment 2 
Abstract: This Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 2 specifies the annual catch limit (ACL) for octocorals in the South Atlantic region. The South Atlantic Council is modifying the fishery management unit (FMU) for octocorals under the Fishery Management Plan for Coral, Coral Reefs, Live/Hardbottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region (Coral FMP) to specify that octocorals are included in the exclusive economic zone off of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. As a result of reducing the management unit for octocorals, the South Atlantic Council is also considering an action to set the ACL at zero. CE-BA 2 amends the Snapper Grouper FMP and FMP for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to require that harvest (with the use of all non-prohibited fishing gear) and possession of snapper grouper and coastal migratory pelagic managed species in South Carolina SMZs be limited to the recreational bag limit. An action to modify sea turtle and smalltooth sawfish release gear requirements for the snapper grouper fishery is also included in CE-BA 2. This action amends the Council FMPs as needed to designate new or modify existing EFH and EFH-HAPCs. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 622   
Legal Authority: 16 USC 1801 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  09/26/2011  76 FR 59371   
NPRM  11/08/2011  76 FR 69230   
Final Rule  12/30/2011  76 FR 82183   
Final Rule Correction  01/30/2012  77 FR 4495   
Final Action Effective  01/30/2012 
Final Action; Correction  05/18/2012  77 FR 29555   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Roy E. Crabtree
Regional Administrator, Southeast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
263 13th Avenue South,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone:727 824-5305
Fax:727 824-5308