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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BM12 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Amendment 52 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 52) 

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is finalizing regulations to implement Amendment 52.  The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved Amendment 52 for review by the Secretary of Commerce at their December 2022 meeting.  Amendment 52 and the proposed rule will increase the catch levels (acceptable biological catch and annual catch limits), modify sector allocations, and revise management measures for golden tilefish based on the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review 66 (2021) stock assessment. Results from the assessment indicated that the stock is not overfished and not undergoing overfishing. The rule will change the commercial longline fishing season and recreational accountability measures for golden tilefish. Additionally, the rule will reduce the recreational blueline tilefish bag limit from three fish per person per day to two fish per person per day; prohibit the retention of blueline tilefish by the captain and crew of for-hire vessels; and modify the recreational accountability measures for blueline tilefish.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously 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  08/03/2023  88 FR 51255   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/02/2023 
Final Action  12/00/2023 
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
Regional Administrator, Southeast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
263 13th Avenue South,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone:727 824-5305