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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BM33 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: ●Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; 2024 Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishing Year 

Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) are managed under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), id. 971 et seq., the implementing statute for binding recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. This rule will consider options to: automatically open the Atlantic shark commercial fishing year on January 1 each year under base quotas and retention limits, and revise the default commercial retention limit for the large coastal shark fisheries. This rule will also establish the adjusted quotas, opening dates, and opening retention limits for the 2024 Atlantic shark commercial fishing year. In 2021, ex-vessel revenues for the entire Atlantic shark fishery totaled approximately $2.6M. Because this action does not change the amount of sharks that could be landed, this action would not change the expected annual revenue. This action is being taken pursuant to the rulemaking authority under section 304(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. 16 U.S.C. 1854(c).

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 635   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/02/2023  88 FR 50822   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/01/2023 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kelly Denit
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway, Room 13362,
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Phone:301 427-8500