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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK20 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Amendment 22 to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan 

In response to action by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, this action would update the fishery management plan goals and objectives and to modify Illex squid permit measures.  The objectives of this action are to ensure the management plan’s goals and objectives align with the Council’s current vision and priorities.  Revisions to Illex permit measures are intended to reduce impacts from a race to fish resulting from increased participation in the fishery and recent closures upon fully harvesting available quotas.  The Illex squid permit measures would create a tiered permit system that would preserve the greatest access to the fishery for vessels that were most active before 2013.  Vessels with higher landings after 2013 would maintain access to the fishery, but would be subject to lower possession limits.  This action would also establish a fish hold volume baseline for each Illex squid permit and limit future replacement vessel fish hold volume upgrades to avoid future overcapitalization.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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