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Amendments proposed to spiny dogfish management plan

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The Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan for the Northeast is up for amendment. And now is your chance to comment on it. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced on Wednesday, March 26 that it is taking public comment on Amendment 3 to the plan.

The public can send suggestions until May 27.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management councils jointly manage the Atlantic spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) fishery. They implemented the current plan in 2000 because stock had been overfished. But in 2010, it was successfully rebuilt and is now determined to be too large.

The proposal at issue now would make several changes, including “updating the definitions of essential fish habitat for all life stages” of the species. But NMFS wants to keep current management measures in place until it issues new rules through the rulemaking process.

NMFS says it plans to publish another proposed rule to implement the proposed changes at a later date.

For details, see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-26/html/2014-06480.htm.

And for history of the matter, see the stories linked to below.

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