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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG18 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico 
Abstract: Based on a recent stock assessment and per the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, action is needed to adjust management measures for the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) hogfish stock to prevent overfishing and achieve optimum yield. Consistent with the stock assessment, this action would redefine the geographic range of the Gulf hogfish stock, set the status determination criteria, and set the annual catch limits. This action would also revise the hogfish minimum size limit to reduce the likelihood of a season closure due to the annual catch limit being reached and remove the provision in the regulations that exempts hogfish from the prohibition on the use of powerheads to take Gulf reef fish in the Gulf stressed area. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time 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  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