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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF57 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Approval of Selective Trawl Gear for Small-Mesh Fisheries Accountability Measure; Northeast Multispecies 
Abstract: The Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan specifies a procedure for approval of additional selective gear. At the request of the New England Fishery Management Council, the Regional Administrator may authorize additional gear if, based upon an experiment, the gear satisfies regulatory standards. On June 8, 2015, the Council sent a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service requesting that it authorize the proposed trawl gear for use in the small-mesh fishery in the event that the accountability measure was triggered for Georges Bank yellowtail flounder. The intent was to provide more flexibility in the use of an additional trawl gear that minimizes bycatch of stocks of concern, in a manner consistent with the objectives of the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, when fishing under the small-mesh fishery accountability measure. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously 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 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  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
Email: john.bullard@noaa.gov