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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL06 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●Framework Adjustment 9 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan 

The New England Fishery Management Council initiated this action in December 2020.  This action will implement a new rebuilding plan for Atlantic herring and modify accountability measure (AM) catch threshold triggers when a herring annual catch limit (ACL) or Management Area sub-ACL is exceeded.  The Northeast Fisheries Science Center completed the most recent assessment of the Atlantic herring stock in June 2020.  The assessment indicated that the stock is not subject to overfishing, but is now overfished.  Based on these findings, the Regional Administrator notified the Council in October 2020 that it must develop a new rebuilding plan for Atlantic herring.  The deadline to implement this rebuilding plan is October 13, 2022.  This action will satisfy the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requirement for the Council to prepare and implement a rebuilding plan within 2 years of being notified of the change in herring stock status.  By modifying AM triggers, this action seeks to provide additional flexibility for herring fishery participants to achieve optimum yield and minimize the economic impacts of overage payback while still preventing overfishing of individual stock components.  The objectives of this action are to meet the overall goal of the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan of managing the Atlantic herring fishery at long-term sustainable levels consistent with the National Standards of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. 

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 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/02/2022  87 FR 11680   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/17/2022 
Final Action  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