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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI63 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Reduce Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Annual Catch Limits and Annual Catch Targets 

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) has requested that NMFS publish a rule under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to temporarily reduce the red grouper commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and associated Annual Catch Targets (ACTs). In October 2018, the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) reviewed the results of an interim analysis performed by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center and recommended that the Council reduce the red grouper commercial and recreational ACLs and ACTs, effective for the 2019 fishing year. In addition, there have been recent deceases in red grouper landings and public testimony at the October Council meeting expressed concern about the status of the red grouper stock. Therefore, the Council is developing a framework action to reduce the ACLs and ACTs. In the meantime, based on these recent unforeseen circumstances, and consistent with the Council's request, NMFS intends to implement a rule under MSA section 305(c) to establish lower red grouper ACLs and ACTs for 2019.

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: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 622   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Proposed Emergency Rule  03/05/2019  84 FR 7864   
Proposed Emergency Rule Comment Period End  03/20/2019 
Final Emergency Rule  05/17/2019  84 FR 22389   
Final Emergency Rule Effective  05/17/2019 
Extension of Emergency Rule  11/00/2019 
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 
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