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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG21 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Amendment 16 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan  
Abstract: This action would establish management measures to protect deep sea corals from the impacts of commercial fishing gear in the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council region. Specifically, this action would designate a deep sea coral zone, restrict the use of bottom-tending commercial fishing gear within the designated deep sea coral zone, and establish provisions for vessels transiting through the deep sea coral zone. Additionally, this action would establish Vessel Monitoring System requirements for the Illex squid fishery and add framework provisions to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan for future modifications to the deep sea coral protection measures. Finally, this action would provide an exemption to the Deep Sea Red Crab fishery from the restrictions on bottom-tending commercial fishing gear. 
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 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