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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF26 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan 

Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan made necessary minor administrative adjustments to several groundfish sectors, as well as minor adjustments to fishing activity designed to protect fishery resources while maximizing flexibility and efficiency. Specifically, it included the following management measures: created an accumulation limit for either the holdings of Potential Sector Contribution or of Northeast multispecies permits; created a sub-annual catch limit that Handgear A permits could enroll in and other measures pertaining to fishing with Handgear A permits; adjusted what fishery data are considered confidential, specifically the price of annual catch entitlement transferred within a sector or leased between sectors; established an inshore/offshore boundary within the Gulf of Maine with associated measures, including creation of a Gulf of Maine cod sub-annual catch limit; adjusted the Gulf of Maine Gear Restricted Area boundary to align with the inshore/offshore boundary; created declaration time periods for fishing in the inshore or offshore areas; and established a Redfish Exemption Area, in which vessels could fish with a smaller mesh net than the standard mesh size, targeting redfish.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  12/06/2016  81 FR 87862   
NPRM  12/20/2016  81 FR 92761   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/03/2017 
Final Action  04/21/2017  82 FR 18706   
Correction  04/28/2017  82 FR 19630   
Final Action Effective  05/22/2017 
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 
Related RINs: Related to 0648-BB69 
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