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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ66 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder Fishery; Fishing Year 2020 

In response to the joint recommendation from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission this rule would propose management measures such as recreational possession limits, minimum fish sizes, and seasonal closures to achieve the 2020 recreational harvest limit for the summer flounder recreational fishery.  NMFS's Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator must implement coastwide measures or approve conservation equivalent measures per 50 CFR 648.102(d) as soon as possible following the Council and Commission's recommendation.  As is typical of summer flounder management measures this action proposes establishing conservation equivalency (i.e., waiving Federal measures in lieu of appropriate state water measures) for the recreational summer flounder fishery for 2020 and proposes to maintain the 2019 non-preferred coastwide measures to be effective in Federal waters if, ultimately, NMFS is unable to approve conservation equivalency.

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: 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  04/06/2020  85 FR 19126   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/21/2020 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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