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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG29 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Timing of Accountability Measure-Based Closures Amendment 
Abstract: This rule would minimize, to the extent practicable, the socio-economic impacts of accountability measure-based closures, while constraining catch levels to the applicable annual catch limits and preventing overfishing. Furthermore, the rule would modify the timeframe for the implementation of accountability measure-based closures in the event of an overage of the annual catch limits for a species or species complex managed by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, except for queen conch. Specifically, accountability measure-based closures would be applied from September 30 of the closure year backward, toward the beginning of the year, for the number of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in landings. If the length of the required fishing season reduction exceeds the period of January 1 through September 30, any additional fishing season reduction would be applied from October 1 forward, toward 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: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 622   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2016 
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: 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