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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK71 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Modify U.S. Caribbean Spiny Lobster Management Reference Points and Accountability Measures 

The proposed rule would modify the management reference points for spiny lobster consistent with the recent stock assessment and decisions of the Caribbean Fishery Management Council in the Generic Framework Amendment to the Fishery Management Plans for Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. John, and St. Croix: Modification of Spiny Lobster Management Reference Points.  The amendment would also modify accountability measures for spiny lobster, updating the trigger to compare a moving three-year average of landings to the average catch limits in place during those years. The rule is needed to update management measures for spiny lobster stocks based on best scientific information available to prevent overfishing and achieve optimum yield, consistent with the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

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  12/00/2022 
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:
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