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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF67 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Amendment 36 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region 
Abstract: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the National Marine Fisheries Service established a procedure under the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region for designation of special management zones to protect artificial reef habitats. Amendment 36 considers modifications to the special management zones and framework procedures to include the consideration of special management zones that would protect locations where snapper-grouper fish species are likely to spawn and natural habitats that support spawning fish. In the amendment, the Council is also considering the implementation of special management zones to protect snapper-grouper species in the South Atlantic region. The measures in Amendment 36 would prohibit fishing for, harvest, and/or possession of species in the snapper-grouper fishery management unit year-round in the proposed special management zones; fishing for other species would be allowed in accordance with the current regulations. 
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 622   
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: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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
Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov