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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ13 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: ●Framework Adjustment 6 and 2019-2021 Atlantic Herring Fishery Specifications  

This rulemaking action proposes to implement the New England Fishery Management Council’s Framework Adjustment 6 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. Framework 6 includes the Atlantic herring fishery specifications (annual catch amounts for the 2019-2021 fishing years, as herring specifications are typically set for 3 years), updates to the overfished and overfishing definitions, and a change in the carryover provision for quota underages in the herring fishery. The specifications proposed in this rulemaking include annual gear-specific and area-specific catch caps for river herring and shad for Atlantic herring trips for the 2019-2021 fishing years. In implementing Framework 6, this action also proposes to update the overfished and overfishing definitions to be more consistent with the most recent Atlantic herring resource stock assessment and Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (which is being implemented through another rulemaking).  Finally, it also proposes to temporarily suspend the carryover provision in the herring regulations that allows up to 10 percent of each Management sub-Area annual catch limit to be added to the quota for that sub-Area in the next applicable 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 
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
NPRM  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
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