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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL19 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●Amendment 32 to the Fishery Management Plan: Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Cobia Catch Limits, Possession Limits, Size Limits, and Framework Procedure (CMP Amendment 32) 
Abstract:

CMP Amendment 32 and the proposed rule would adjust the Gulf Group cobia acceptable biological catch (ABC), annual catch limits (ACL), and annual catch targets consistent with the most recent Southeast Data Assessment and Review 28 stock assessment update, and recommendations from the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils’ (Councils) Science and Statistical Committees. In doing so, the rule would modify the units used to monitor Gulf Group cobia landings from the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) Coastal Household Telephone Survey to the MRIP Fishing Effort Survey.  Further, the rule would modify the apportionment between the two management zones (Gulf Zone and Florida East Coast [FLEC] Zone), increase the minimum size limit in the FLEC Zone, and reduce the possession limit and implement a vessel and trip limit in both zones.  CMP Amendment 32 also proposes changes to the CMP Framework Procedure to clarify the Councils’ responsibilities for Gulf Group cobia and make some clarifying updates to language regarding the ABC Control Rule. The need for the rule is to end overfishing of Gulf Group cobia as required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, update existing Gulf Group cobia catch limits to be consistent with best scientific information available and contemporary data collection methods, and to clarify the Councils’ responsibilities in the CMP Framework Procedure.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time 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
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
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
Email: andy.strelcheck@noaa.gov