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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI96 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: ●Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Waters 

This action would implement the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Amendment 18 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan.  It would do so by adjusting the target reduction goal for juvenile red snapper mortality in the Federal Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) shrimp trawl fishery in the 10-30 fathom depth zone, as well as modifying the Plan's framework procedure to streamline the process to make future modifications to this target reduction goal. As part of the Gulf red snapper rebuilding plan, NMFS previously capped effort in the Gulf shrimp fishery based on Council recommendation to protect juvenile red snapper caught as bycatch in shrimp nets. However, the Gulf red snapper stock is no longer overfished or undergoing overfishing, and the red snapper stock acceptable biological catch (ABC) has consistently increased under the rebuilding plan. Accordingly, this action is expected to promote economic stability and achievement of optimum yield in the Federal Gulf shrimp fishery by reducing effort constraints, while continuing to protect Gulf red snapper.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time 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 622   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  08/01/2019  84 FR 37611   
NPRM  08/29/2019  84 FR 45459   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/30/2019 
Final Action  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