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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL22 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Catch Limits 

The proposed rule would increase the Gulf of Mexico red grouper overfishing limit, acceptable biological catch, and commercial and recreational catch limits, consistent with the most recent stock analyses and recommendations from the Gulf Council Scientific and Statistical Committee.  The increase in the total allowable harvest would be 700,000 pounds. The need for the rule is to update existing red grouper catch limits based on the best scientific information available and to achieve optimum yield while preventing overfishing consistent with the requirements 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 622   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/03/2022  87 FR 26178   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/18/2022 
Final Action  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
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