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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF43 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Jonah Crab Fishery; Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Jonah Crab 
Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering, and seeking public comment on, Federal Jonah crab regulations. The goal of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Jonah Crab is to promote conservation, reduce the possibility of recruitment failure, and allow the industry to continue fishing the resource at present levels. The Jonah Crab Plan was developed out of concern for potential impacts to the status of the Jonah crab resource given the recent and rapid increase in landings. Commercial and recreational measures and reporting requirements were recommended for Federal implementation in the Jonah Crab Plan. Measures include: permitting, minimum size, prohibition on retaining egg-bearing females, and incidental bycatch limit, and reporting requirements that are consistent with American lobster fishery requirements. Most states have implemented measures consistent with the Plan. The proposed measures would complement those implemented by the states. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 697   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John K. Bullard
Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
55 Great Republic Drive,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone:978 281-9287