The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is extending the public comment period for its proposed amendment to the Atlantic bluefin management plan. NMFS announced on Wednesday, Sept. 18 that it is extending the comment period until Dec. 10. It was originally set to expire on Oct. 23.
For details, see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-18/html/2013-22736.htm. And for background, see the story linked to below.
NMFS plans to revise Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan because of changes in the fishery to prevent overfishing, reduce dead discards, comply with international treaties, minimize by-catch, improve reporting and monitoring, enhance the fishing experience and achieve the best possible yield.
NMFS decided to give the public more time to comment in light of how complicated the issue is and the fact that the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas plans to meet in November and may come up with recommendations. People will get a chance to comment on the commission's views.
New rules may reallocate quotas, require more reporting and reallocate quotas.