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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK36 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Modify Gulf of Mexico Lane Snapper Catch Limits and Accountability Measures 

The proposed rule would increase the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) lane snapper overfishing limit, acceptable biological catch, and annual catch limit consistent with the most recent stock assessment and recommendations from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Science and Statistical Committee.  The proposed rule would also modify the accountability measures to require a closure in any year in which the annual catch limit is met or projected to be met.  The need for the rule is to update existing lane snapper catch limits and accountability measures based on the best scientific information available and to achieve optimum yield consistent with the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, while preventing overfishing.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 622   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/12/2021  86 FR 57629   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/02/2021 
Final Action  12/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Andrew J. Strelcheck
Acting Regional Administrator, Southeast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
263 13th Avenue South,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone:727 824-5305