NOAA Fisheries is asking for comments on changes to the red grouper allowable harvest in the Gulf of Mexico.
NOAA is considering a plan to increase the Gulf of Mexico red grouper annual catch limit for the commercial sector from 6 million pounds to about 8.2 million pounds gutted weigt.
The plan would also increase the annual catch limit in the recreational sector from 1.9 to 2.6 million pounds.
NOAA Fisheries said if the increase is approved it would allow the recreational fishing season for red grouper to remain open yearlong instead of closing late in the season.
In addition, the increase in quota will provide the commercial fisherman an increase in their Individual Fishing Quota allocation.
NOAA Fisheries is taking comments on the proposal through August the 25th.
Comments can be made at the federal e-Rulemaking Portal at regulations.gov/
You may submit comments on the amendment or the proposed rule, identified by "NOAA-NMFS-2016-0077", by one of the following methods:
Electronic Submission: Go to the federal e-Rulemaking Portal at
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0077, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments.
Mail: NOAA Fisheries
Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
c/o Rich Malinowski
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505
All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on the regulations.gov website without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible.