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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH68 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Great South Channel Scallop Dredge Exemption Area Expansion 
Abstract: This rule proposes to expand the current boundaries of the Great South Channel Scallop Dredge Exemption Area altering the area definition found in current regulations. All other regulations in accordance with the current Great South Channel Scallop Dredge Exemption Area would remain the same. The purpose of Great South Channel Scallop Dredge Exemption Area Expansion is to provide additional fishing area and greater flexibility to the Limited Access General Category fleet to achieve optimal utilization of the resource and equitable allocation of harvest opportunity in a manner that is consistent with the New England Fishery Management Council's Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/01/2018  83 FR 54903   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/03/2018 
Final Action  11/00/2019 
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:
Michael Pentony
Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
55 Great Republic Drive,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone:978 281-9283
Fax:978 281-9207
Email: michael.pentony@noaa.gov