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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL20 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●2022 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Recreational Management Measures 

In response to the joint recommendation from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission this rule would propose management measures such as recreational possession limits, minimum fish sizes, and seasonal closures to achieve the 2022 recreational harvest limits for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass.  For summer flounder, and black sea bass the Regional Administrator must implement coastwide measures or approve conservation equivalent measures per 50 CFR 648.102(d) as soon as possible following the Council and Commission’s recommendation.  This action proposes establishing conservation equivalency (i.e., waiving Federal measures in lieu of appropriate state water measures) for the recreational summer flounder and black sea bass fisheries in 2022 and proposes non-preferred coastwide measures to be effective in Federal waters if, ultimately, we are unable to approve conservation equivalency.  This action also proposes a closure of the Federal recreational scup fishery.  

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  04/18/2022  87 FR 22863   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/03/2022 
Final Action  07/00/2022 
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