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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG12 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Framework Action to Adjust the Red Grouper Allowable Harvest in the Gulf of Mexico  
Abstract: This Framework Action would adjust the red grouper allowable harvest in the Gulf of Mexico, consistent with the results of a 2015 stock assessment. The commercial annual catch limit and annual catch target would be adjusted from 6.03 million pounds gutted weight and 5.72 million pounds gutted weight, to 8.19 million pounds gutted weight, and 7.78 million pounds gutted weight, respectively. The recreational annual catch limit and annual catch target would be adjusted from 1.9 million pounds gutted weight and 1.73 million pounds gutted weight, to 2.58 million pounds gutted weight, and 2.37 million pounds gutted weight, respectively. These increases in the annual catch limits and annual catch targets will provide more quota to the commercial fisherman and are expected to extend the recreational fishing season, which has been closed in-season in recent years, through the end of the year. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final 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  07/26/2016  81 FR 48728   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/25/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
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
Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov