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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG13 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Scup Gear Restricted Areas Modification Framework Adjustment 
Abstract: This action would modify the Southern Gear Restricted Area to balance scup bycatch minimization with access for the squid fishery. The scup gear restricted areas were implemented in the early 2000s (when scup was overfished) to minimize juvenile scup mortality in small-mesh fisheries. Scup is no longer overfished, and the scup population is estimated to be approximately 200 percent of its biomass target. The action would reduce the size of the current Gear Restricted Area by approximately 33 percent, while increasing access to the squid fishery by 51 percent, primarily on the eastern boundary near the canyon areas. 
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 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/18/2016  81 FR 55166   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/19/2016 
Final Action  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